San Diego Music Award-winning songwriter Lindsay White is back with another tear-jerker. White’s new single “The Funeral” pays tribute to her close friend and fellow songwriter Jeffrey Joe Morin, who died from complications of respiratory failure in July 2017.
Inspired by The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (a San Diego Songwriters Book Club selection), White was taken with the unique narration style of the book, where the main character is described by various people telling stories at his funeral.
“I had just lost my mom when I read the book, and the idea of survivors sharing stories of the dead as a way to honor and remember them resonated with me,” said White. “So many people came up to me and would share how my mother’s existence in their life, however small, made an impact. Just a few short months later, I lost one of my best friends, Jeffrey Joe. The guy who taught me to spit gratitude at pain. I was on tour when I got word that he passed, and one of the ways I processed grief in those weary west coast weeks was by starting each show with this song.”
A video accompanies the single, which displays a simple slideshow of messages sent from Morin to White through the years. Sometimes his notes are wise, sometimes they’re wise-cracking, but each word still bursts with love – for White, for music, for love, and for life.