Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Todd's Requiem by Heather Cornwell

Did the pain go away
Did the voices in your head
Go from danger and darkness
To hope and light instead
Do you finally see how beautiful you are
Is there music where you are

I bet there's music where you are
I bet you're banging out a rhythm on your old guitar
I bet the angels rushed to take you in their arms
I bet there's music where you are

Do you know you're loved
Are you surrounded by
Peace and love and laughter
And no more asking why
Is the great big heaven filled with bright shining stars
Is there music where you are

I bet there's music where you are
I bet you're banging out a rhythm on your old guitar
I bet the angels couldn't wait to take you in their arms
I bet there's music where you are

When the world around you seemed a mess
It couldn't take your humor and for that we were blessed
I bet you're entertaining up among the stars
And I bet there's music where you are

I bet there's music where you are
I bet you're banging out a rhythm on your old guitar
I bet the angels have you in their arms
I bet there's music where you are
I bet there's laughter where you are
I know there's peace where you are

5 comments:

pedro said...

Thanks, Phnil.

I think the enduring image I will have of Todd is sitting next to him in English Comp., him sporting bed-head and wearing the same MBI sweatshirt and pink pants day after day after day after day (and presumably wearing the lacy panties as well).

One-of-a-kind guy with lots of talent and a unique talent.

Goodbye, Todd

elnellis said...

right on pneter, i'll never forget that sweatshirt and pants...

Aaron said...

ha... peter.... phil and i were just talking last night about todd's hair and the sweatshirt and how he got called into patrick masar's office for a "lack of hygene" and was told that if he wore the sweatshirt for one more day he would be fined.

and then there was the time that todd told patrick that he (todd) had girl's ears and should be allowed to wear earrings in them...

we laughed a lot with todd, that's for sure... and he brought out great things in us all.

thanks todd. we love you and will miss you.

elnellis said...

as a footnote about this song: heather was a co-worker of todd's. she wrote this song the day he died and sang it at the candle-light ceremony that was held in his honor on monday in gas-works park. the song completely undid me so the next day i tracked her down and asked her to email me the lyrics. i feel like there is nothing more fitting than this song to mark the passing of my beautiful friend, todd.

nathan Barrett said...

I remember being on the same floor with Todd my freshman year, Culbertson 14. I remember thinking that I had never seen anyone like this before and was intimidated but at the same time drawn to him. I loved listening to his guitar and to hear his voice. I don't think he was just gifted, it was spiritual. There was so much packed into each moment of his music, so much intensity, so intentional. Todd was the kind of person that I couldn't know well and that bugged me at first but I watched him like a hawk because of it. Today I can honestly say, there is no one else like Todd, in fact there are very few people who come to this earth that are like that, like him. He was special, almost like he didn't belong here, and that was why we needed him here more than anything. He has left an empty space here and will be missed, but even more than that, he will be missed by those who will never hear him speak, never hear him create a beautiful melody or strum, pick a enchanting tune or share in his humour, his courage, his willingness to step into lives that very few would dare touch. Yeah, I can seriously say I miss Todd, we miss Todd, but some will never know what they missed.
My understanding of God is that He's there with him, Todd's there with Him, what an extraordinary truth! That's the kind of Love that I've committed my life to.

May God be blessed.