I have a lot to say about what Michael Franti has been up to in recent years, and one day I will. But for now, I want to take it way back.
So it’s my second first date with Stu, (weird, right? But true. Second first date.) We’re at his place. And he’s telling me about this artist he really digs named Michael Franti, and puts this song on first.
“Love, why did you have to go away?” Those are the first words I ever heard Michael say.
They hit me hard. I was hooked from the start.
To this day, this song makes me want to cry, because it’s pretty much how I feel about the world almost all the time.
And even if his musical path has gone in a direction I may find hard to follow, I’ll never forget how much he inspired me as an artist. How much fun I had at the 15 or so Michael Franti and Spearhead shows I’ve been to. And I’ll never forget sharing our wedding day with him.
And this is is where it started.