Michael P. Miller (2/29/1952 - 4/08/ 2008)
Mon Apr 14 21:36:00 EDT 2008
Thanks Amy. This was a beautiful tribute to Mike.
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From: Brat .<mailto:BRATGIRLBABY63@aol.com>
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: Michael P. Miller (2/29/1952 â?" 4/08/ 2008)
Well, I've been putting off responding about Mike, trying to get my thoughts
together. I'm still so shocked. I read Andy's email 3 times before I
comprehended what it said. Then Mike's wife called and left me a voice mail too.
Unfortunately I was in bed sick and never heard the phone. I haven't been able
to call her back yet but I did email her.
Mike was sort of the class clown on the Blues-L. He had a tremendous sense
of humor. You could always count on Mike to make us laugh even in the midst of
blues-l turmoil. He often hid his depression and health issues behind his
humor. He had many struggles in life but never gave up. He was also a good
friend to many. And yes, he knew his music well.
He told me in '06 about his Tourettes and he gave me the link to a song
called "Mistakes Like Me." It was written by a good friend of his (Melody Guy).
He said the song reminded him of how difficult his teen years were as he
suffered from major tics. He said the song makes him cry every time he hears it.
Yes, he was a sensitive soul underneath all of his silliness. The lyrics are
quite touching. Take a listen. He said he wanted to record the song too. I'm
not sure if he did or not. http://www.myspace.com/melodyguy<http://www.myspace.com/melodyguy>
Mike was very excited about competing in the IBC this year. He brought with
him his two biggest supporters, his wife Julie and his son Justin. I wish I
could post photos with this email so you could see not only Mike, but his wife
and son. They were absolutely beaming with pride. I believe Justin took video
as well. I hope we can see it some day.
One of the biggest highlights for Mike at the IBC was getting to meet Dick
Waterman. He was like a kid meeting his favorite rock star. He was so excited.
He wondered if Dick would like him. I assured him he would. I took several
photos of them together at the New Daisy Theatre. It was a big thrill for Mike.
My last email from Mike was about a month ago. He remembered my birthday was
in March, but wasn't sure of the exact day. He remembered we were both
Pisces. He also sent me his IBC photos and talked about how great it was that we
finally met in person. He said. "It was a gas to meet the real life, walking,
talking Bratgirl! You are cuter than a box of puppies." He ended the email
with a joke as always. He added a link to a short peoples support group. Im
only 5' 1" and I think Mike was only about 5' 6" himself, but he was really a
much bigger man to all of us.
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