This month I mark the passing of my good friend Bill Kehlenbeck, who lost his struggle with cancer in May. Please join me in the kitchen as I share my thoughts and some music.
The above photo was taken at a wonderful musical tribute in which we celebrated the life of my brother-in-law, Rob Ayres. Singing with me are family members Emma Ayres, Mally Smith, Meryl Ayres and Eliot Ayres.
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THIS MONTH’S MUSIC
Is It Time to Let Go?
Bill Kehlenbeck 1953 – 2019
In May, my good friend Bill Kehlenbeck lost his fight with cancer. Actually, if he were here he’d interrupt me to say that the fight ended in a draw because when he died, the cancer also died. I think Bill would never be described as a comedian, but he certainly was a stickler for precision and accuracy. Bill was also deeply spiritual and thoughtful. I will always treasure our discussions, especially in the months leading up to his death. I will also carry with me the memory of the love and care he received from his wife, children, good friends and his professional community at Noble and Greenough School.
Regardless of his progressively worsening prognosis, Bill displayed a positive attitude and never ruled out a possible triumph over cancer. But in the end the struggle could go no further, and there was a kind of peace when he decided to “let go”. I wrote this song as I reflected upon that sense of peace, and the gifts one can find even when one loses all hope.
“Is It Time To Let Go?”, © 2019 Tom Smith (ASCAP)
Bill was a very accomplished musician and singer. An atheist, he once told me that he believed he found in music what others call “god”. Here is Bill singing several Beatles songs only three weeks prior to his death. Everyone in that room knew that it was probably the last time they would see Bill.
Bill Kehlenbeck and friends
Selections from The Beatles
Video time: 13 minutes 22 seconds
I think that Bill really believed it when he sang, “All you need is love.”
Sing your songs and love radically!
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