Hello friends & family,
I have been helping care for my partner Pat Carroll since October of 2012 as he battled Cystic Fibrosis complications. My dear Pat passed away last Friday afternoon, May 31. Thank you for holding me (and each other) extra close to your hearts. We are so touched by the outpouring of love from our communities, and so inspired by all of the tributes to Pat and his indelible spirit. We'll be having a celebration Mass of Pat Carrolls life at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second Street, Traverse City, MI. 49684. Family & friends will also gather at 5 p.m. at the Circuit Venue, 225 W. 14th St. for a musical and visual tribute to Pat. (A memorial will be held in Kalamazoo and the Earthwork Farm this summer/fall for friends & family who are unable to attend this Friday.) ♥
Our dear Pat's Obituary (beautifully written by Pats mom Beckie Carroll):
"Kalamazoo songwriter dies at age 26, recently released 'brilliant' new album (video)" The Kalamazoo Gazette
Published May 31
"Thank you for helping us be present, authentic, passionate, and loving RIGHT NOW, Pat. We love and miss you greatly..."
An eloquent tribute from our friend Joyce Walker:
“Recently my friend, Pat Carroll died. Strangely enough, I wasn’t expecting it. I mean, I was, in some ways. I definitely accepted the possibility that the “just keep living” part of Pat’s daily routine was not going to be sustainable. That in spite of all of his daily wins – his successes of loving and living and creating – he just wasn’t going to win the battle where his lungs would keep working (or that he’d get a new set that might work better than the borrowed set he was already using). I mean, just look at that last parenthetical. I would have been foolish not to know that this was a long shot, and I certainly wasn’t willfully ignoring the possibility that the hard work and just plain old trying by Pat and all his loving family and friends wasn’t going to keep him with us for much longer. So, yeah, I knew. But I was also doing a human thing. The thing where we, the children of time, assume a tomorrow. We travel along the arrow, following it’s inexorable movement forward, next. And riding along, in time, I just somehow kept thinking that, naturally, Pat would be coming back to Kalamazoo. There was some part of me that relaxed into that familiar, safe “tomorrow,” where things work out and we’re together there is time for everything. And even though Pat’s last bit of “life work” was to create an album, Glow in the Dark, that shouts through every line and note, “NOW. No, right NOW!” I kept on doing the human thing and seeing tomorrow as a real place that we would all (of course) get to.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking tomorrow. We need it. We need to plan for it, and shape it and recognize that it’s coming. But there is this other version of life, where “now” is all the time there is, and that knowledge can also shape how open we are, how willing we are to give up time – not just to share time with people we love and in doing things that matter to us – but to give it up – to refuse the safety of tomorrow and recognize that right now is the only time there is. In all the time that I have left I want to remember that when someone shows up at the doorstep of my heart, and I let them in, I do it in part because Pat left me a message reminding me that “Come back tomorrow,” isn’t really an option.”Joyce Walker
"In Peril, Pat Carroll releases 2nd album 'Glow In The Dark'
Published June 01
"Pat Carroll's 'Glow In The Dark': Earthwork artists rally around Kalamazoo singer's epic music"
Published May 23
Please visit www.catperil.com as well as the Facebook Artist Page under the pseudonym of “Pat Carroll - Cat Peril” to learn about Pat’s music. You can also go to www.earthworkmusic.com to purchase Pat’s new CD and his 7’ Record. His CD is currently back ordered, but can be purchased for download. Physical copies will be sent within 2 to 4 weeks.
To read about the full journey of Pat and the Operation Fat Peril campaign, please go here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/patcarroll
With love and gratitude,
Sam & The Carroll Cats
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