We buried Sean a year ago today, and sang ‘Redemption Song’ with Bob Marley as the coffin was going into the ground, and some of us were throwing red roses on it. In the days before that – the time of Sean’s wake – we played the same CDs over and over in the room where his body lay, as hundreds of visitors came to pay their respects.
One of these was a CD that Clio had hurriedly compiled, of songs that meant a lot to Sean and to her. I don’t know where it went – perhaps it’s around the house somewhere, or Clio has it. There was a lot of Marley on it, but some other stuff as well, including two Beatles tracks – ‘Something’ and ‘Come Together’. I can well imagine Sean belting out ‘Come Together’ at the top of his voice while having a drink with his friends. It’s a track that suited his exuberance.
I mention the Beatles in my song ‘Come Back and See Me’. We have three Beatles CDs in the house – Help, A Hard Day’s Night, and Let It Be. I remember listening to Let It Be while playing chess with Sean.
I also remember that when the children were around 8 or 10 we had cassettes of the Blue Album that we used to play in the car a lot – Sean and Susanna both really liked it, and we used to sing along with it. That must be where Sean first heard the two tracks that Clio put on the CD – they appear consecutively on the Blue Album.
He also had ‘Yesterday’ saved on his computer. He found an obscure version of ‘And I Love Her’ by Bob Marley, and used to play it for me, insisting that it was better than the Beatles’ original. I must say I agree with him on that – in any case, it was easier to agree with Sean, as he’d try to persuade you for ever if you disagreed. Sean was passionate all his life. Sean cared.
Love you and miss you, Sean. Nothing will ever change that.