This morning I got a call from one of Michael's brothers who is in town for a couple of days. I haven't seen him since Michael's memorial service. He's staying with Michael's parents and he asked me to come over for dinner tonight. I gladly accepted, happy to see them all and have something other than cereal for dinner.
I had been thinking that when I saw this brother again that I wanted to give him Michael's iPod. I guess I was under the impression that the only things on Michael's iPod were favorite CDs of his. As I was getting it together, I had this sense that I wasn't doing the right thing. I tried to brush the feeling off, but I couldn't. So, I plugged the iPod into a speaker thingy of Michael's and started to look at the things that were on it.
I'm so glad I did that because I realized that in addition to playlists of Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, and Steely Dan were some really special things - voice recordings like him singing a bass line in the car, most of his original recordings, live recordings of groups he played with (he recorded them on the iPod during a set), a live recording of a concert we went to at the Disney Concert Hall in 2006, and a live recording of us during a church service in 2005 with him accompanying me on acoustic guitar and background vocals. That is especially precious to me as I always wanted to collaborate and perform with him, but we were rarely able to do so. Sigh...
Instead of the iPod, Michael's brother will be getting a few of Michael's t-shirts from his extensive collection, and I will cherish the treasures on this iPod for a long time to come.