A year ago today Michael Grant died. He was a wonderful friend, a huge talent, and great person. I miss his excitement for heavy metal, his hilarious impressions, his bountiful creativity, his passion for movies, and his companionship. Hail Mike! Your memory lives forevermore!
Michael Grant’s west coast memorial was held on Aug 19th 2012 and it was everything we hoped it would be. I think it’s fair to say everyone in attendance learned more about Michael and attained a greater appreciation for him and his music. It was an emotionally charged event, both sad and painful, but also filled with joy and appreciation in remembering the good times with Mike.
Many people came together to make this event the powerful and special tribute it was. Michael’s brother Luke was the driver behind the whole affair, arranging the facility, food, and coordinating the actual event. Michael’s mother Betsy, father Michael, and brother Andrew travelled from Connecticut to provide huge significance to the memorial. Horacio Colmenares was instrumental, providing sound engineering, equipment, and audio and video production. My wife Vasiliki provided hours of work creating a touching slide show, memorial book, and flowers. Tony DeVita was fantastic with his inspiring performance of “Sleep” by Savatage. My friends and bandmates Melanie Sisneros and Craig Anderson both gave stirring performances of Mike’s song The Passing.
Everyone who gave a speech eulogizing Mike was wonderful. Betsy Grant’s speech was illuminating and touching. Andrew Grant was evocative and his acapella rendition of “Abide with Me” was heartrending. Luke captured Michael’s personality and humor to a T. And Michael’s father’s candid speech was a powerful coda to the eulogies. Some others who also spoke were my wife Vasiliki who remembered Mike’s big heart and kindness, Melody Schoenfeld who recounted highlights of her long history of friendship with Mike, Kragen Lum (Prototype, Heathen) who remembered Mike and his music, Kari VanCamp who recalled Mike’s supportive nature, and others who spoke of their special connection with Mike.
I sincerely thank all involved and all who attended the event. It was truly a fitting tribute to Michael.
Music performed at the memorial
Here is Tony DeVita (Faded Sun) and I performing Savatage’s “Sleep”
Here are the remaining members of Crescent Shield performing “The Passing” along to a recorded track of Michael’s voice and slide show. Thanks to Horacio Colmenares for producing these excellent videos.
We’ll miss you Mike, RIP.