Erik Pariseleti – Goodbye, A song for Christofer

Most of my posts hint at a bit of snark, cause I am just an asshole. This is one of those instances that all snark leaves my body, and I have to realize there really is no point in it. This is what Erik had to say about this song:

I am not a singer or guitar player… but I love to play guitar. I wrote this song after my brother Christofer took his own life on August 19th, 2013. We were extremely close, spoke and texted constantly, our last conversation was on August 18th, 2013. He sounded like himself, we made plans to get together the following week, but the very next day he took his own life. I knew he was stressed about his contracting business and I knew that was a strain on his marriage… but I never would have thought he would do what he did on August 19th… My world changed, I never got to say goodbye to my best friend. At his funeral his wife did not want anyone speaking about him… I did a reading at the service and had to say something to him, so I did, in Norwegian. Our mother was from Norway and we were both fluent, I knew his wife would not understand what I said, but he would and that all that mattered. At the end of the song is what I said in Norwegian and then the English translation. I happened to go outside that morning to get something out of my truck and heard the shot that took his life… at the time I had no idea that’s what it was and it wasn’t until much later that I realized what I had heard. Had he not done what he did he would probably be divorced and bankrupt today, but he would have still be here, with everyone that truly loved him, his kids, father, brother, nieces, sister-in-law, aunts, uncle, cousins and friends! Instead he is gone forever, his wife is a millionaire thanks to his life insurance, and his children will never know him or what an amazing person he was! This song is for Christofer…

Sorry for you loss, Erik from the CXCW gang! Be well…

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Erik Pariseleti – Goodbye, A song for Christofer — 2 Comments

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful song with the world. I hope it helps bring you some peace and maybe saves a life in the process.

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