Shock and sadness
I was shocked to receive the email about Michael's passing. I never got the opportunity to see him play live. I wanted to meet him so I could tell him what joy his music brought to me. His songwriting and performing style was perfect for me, plus a wonderful sense of humor. Like a friend sitting and playing just for me. I have been a performer for almost 40 years, and a songwriter for about 15 years. He was a great inspiration for my songwriting. I remember his appearances on The Nashville Network many years ago. Such a sweet and gentle soul. I'm going to turn everything off, put on his recordings and have a good cry. Yes, I'm a 56 year old man, and if there's a time to cry, this is one of them.