Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I was recently sitting in my office on a Saturday afternoon working on my dissertation (the office is empty on the weekends), and someone else who was in the office during their down time walked by to say hello, because he had heard my music playing down the hallway. I was on the Pandora 'Classic Rock' station. A few days later, in a meeting, he recounted the encounter to some of our other colleagues, stating that I was listening to something that could only be described as "Truck Driver Classic Rock."

Damn right. I grew up on truck driver classic rock. Every winter, ever summer, ever since I was 4 years old - I was sitting in that truck, driving all day long, and learning to love Boston, Chicago, and Kansas (the places yes, but especially the bands) - falling in love with Pink Floyd and the Who, jamming to Metallica, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and so many others...

One that always made me think of my mom and Timmy was Journey. Whenever I was at home, in school, and not on the road, the song 'Wheel in the Sky' was always a bittersweet reminder of where they were, what they were doing, and how much I missed them. I spent a lot of time missing them. And then Monday night I flipped the station and 'the Voice' was on, and the final act was two singers covering the Journey song "Faithfully."

I was moved to tears when listening to the song. I called my mom bawling like a baby. The next day, I was explaining it to someone else, and I started crying again. Heck, I started crying just writing this post. All that to say, I think you should all watch it. I hope that you all can, at least a little, feel through this song something like me and my family are feeling for Tim every day.


  1. Ok. So I just spent 10 minutes crying and trying to compose myself to type this. Journey is one of my favorite bands, and my top 2 favorite songs are "Separate Ways" & "Faithfully". Of course each song has a special meaning to me from my life experiences during the 80's. So, yes my feelings are of similar nature to yours, albeit for different reasons, but just as strong I am sure. I love when you share things like this. We are very deeply connected by our emotions. I love you!

  2. Thank you Uncle Rob for sharing. It's kind of funny how one song can really set a tone for emotions, and how quickly they can bring up old memories. Faithfully, in particular, reminds me of sitting in the front seat with Tim driving the truck, my mom asleep in the back, and I was reading "Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton, when Timmy decided to tell me how much he loved my mom and how they were literally living out the whole 'forever yours' thing... which is seriously true, considering they were together 24/7/365 inside that truck for so many years. It still amazes me to this day how much they were able to stick together... and really makes me want to just hug my mom all the time, forever.