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Funeral For A Friend.



A few days ago, I lost a very close friend.
We had been close friends for the past 19 years.

Last year he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
Now he is gone and we will all miss him dearly.

I knew him as Jeff Myers.
You may know him as J. Jaye Steele.
He was a former lead singer for Head East. (after John Schlitt)
("Never Been Any Reason", "Since You Been Gone",etc..)
J.Jaye also took the stage with Quit Riot, Poison and his first
group, Wintercat among others.

J.J with Head East. (second from left)

He latest group was called PUSH.
A great band that was on thier way up.
Many national artist would come to sit in with JJ and the band,
such as Brian Howe of Bad Company, Cliff Williams of AC/DC, Stet Howland of WASP and Dennis Eliott of Foriegner to name a few.
(These guys all helped out greatly with benifit fundraising for JJ.)

J.J. with PUSH.

For a moment, it seemed he might beat this thing.
He took the stage on New Years Eve, performing for 50,000 people.
The show was great, and gave us faith that he was back for good.
That was less than 2 months ago. And now he's gone.

My heart is heavy and I feel so alone.
The tears stream down my face as I write this.

We all will miss J. Jaye Steele, the famous singer.
But I will miss my friend Jeff Myers even more.
I knew the side of him that his fans did not.
We had so many good times together.

Jeff is survived by his wife Sandy, son Jeffery and daughter Sierra.
He was an awesome Father and his children reflect that.
Please keep them in your prayers.


http://youtu.be/rsxSi1MxFiE

Exercise Liberty, Love and Friendship.

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I Feel for Ya

...and just want to convey: You're not alone.
It's amazing some times, how all-too-soon the "gifted-ones" are taken from us.

One year it was my buddy Miro...Miro Ludvik, great guitar, banjo, singer-songwriter and stone-mason sculptor; wrote songs, even played with Pete Seeger...sculpted church steeples (gargoyles and such), and hearth-stone mantels for fireplaces......diagnosed one week (carcinoma) and gone within three weeks.....I remember.....
In 2007 I was hospitalized, and he was the first visitor...brought me one of his guitars to play...I told him thanks, but I was afraid it'd get stolen....always invited me for the holidays, he knew I lived alone.

Treasure the memory, the friendship...speak to the dead..they still are listening, and, I believe, they still watch over us.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Watched him in a little pub called the " purple pickle "

Or " alternative ", same bar just can't recall what it name was then.

He had great pipes, and Head East had the music I liked and lived back in that day.

My condolences and prayers go out to his family and his closet friend.

Rever the memory, and relive the smiles at every opportunity, honor your friend.

Stēkō

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

Thank you.



He had great pipes and a lot more.

One day JJ pops in my studio and I'm recording some tracks...
He says, " You want me to sing the back up harmonies?"
I say yes. :-)
So we finish the first part and I'm rolling tape with the first part in the cans and he says take out the first track.
I ask him, "What? You don't want the first track in for reference? He says no.
We do three tracks like that and when I mixed them down...perfect harmony!
I say, "Dude, how do you do that?"
He says, "Same as you do on the guitar, my voice is my instrument".

Maybe someday I'll share the story of how he drove us straight into a tornado...true story!

Man I miss him.
But I'm thankful for the time we had.

His family is thankful for all your thoughts and prayers.

Exercise Liberty.


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

I experienced the exact same thing a year and a 1/2 ago :(

I sort of chronicled my best friend's (since high school) death from stage 4 lung cancer here: http://www.dailypaul.com/255942/anybody-here-ever-read-dicke...

So sorry for your loss. I feel your pain.

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Thank you.



And thank you for sharing your story.

One thing I've learned in life,
Is that pain is only temporary.

Exercise Liberty.


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Funeral for a friend

I'm sorry for your loss, American Nomad.

http://youtu.be/uXu7CWCOn5Q

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thank you.



Exercise Liberty.


America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad