Blind Abilities presents A Memorial for Mike Kelly, A Celebration of Friendship, a Celebration of Love, and a Celebration of Life.
This podcast follows a previous interview with Mike Kelly published on www.BlindAbilities.com on January 3, 2019, in which Pete Lane delves into Mike’s life of blindness, constant challenges and his impressive musical talent and career.
By all means, check out that podcast! You can find it here:
This follow-up podcast is a special presentation of the wonderful legacy and memory of Mike Kelly, who passed away on March 26, 2019 after a three-year battle with cancer. Not only does he leave behind a widow, Brooklyn and a step-daughter, Holly Watson, but many, many loving friends, several of whom contribute to this podcast. Those individuals are: Brooklyn Rodden-Kelly, Michael Gregory, Jimmy Morris, Jim Malone, Pat Olguen and Jenann Cesna.
Mike also leaves behind a long career, a profound memory and legacy of music, from his years performing with the Michael Gregory Band, to the very recent composition and recording of his album, Audio wallpaper, under the title of The Mike Kelly Project. Mike convened a multitude of musicians in the Velvet Tones Studios in Sacramento, CA, literally in the final days and weeks prior to his passing.. Several of the songs on that album are featured in this podcast, along with the back-story and detail which you have grown to expect from Blind Abilities productions. Listen as Mike, Brooklyn, his friends and fellow musicians provide detailed background behind each song and the time they spent in the studio during the recording sessions. Gain a unique insight into mike’s talent, his perseverance and courage in writing and recording these amazing songs, and the recollections being shared by fellow musicians, his Sound Engineer and his friends and family. Enjoy the outstanding music, co-written by Michael Kelly and Jimmy Morris, and performed in the studio by so many of Mike’s close friends.
And as usual, this podcast is chock full of musical excerpts from all of Mike’s music, including live performances from the living room in Mike and Brooklyn’s home, and live music from performances by The Mercy Me Band, the Michael Gregory Band, and tracks from Jim Malone’s individual project titled Shoot for The Moon. This 44-minute recording is guaranteed to entertain inspire and move you as much as any we have previously presented.
Finally, listen as we hear from family, friends and musicians as they speak and perform at the Mike Kelly Celebration of Life event held in late April 2019, and experience the love they shared for their unique and special husband, father, friend and fellow musician.
Currently, you can find and purchase Me and Mr. Miller and Hidden Treasure, the initial tracks released from the Audio wallpaper album on most popular music online and retail outlets like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, etc…
The band is called Mike Kelly Project, and the album is Audio
* For your referent, below are the song titles for all of the musical excerpts and their respective time locations at which they appear in this podcast,.
Note: Those song titles preceded with an asterisk “*”, are tracks appearing on Mike’s new Audio Wallpaper album.
* Audio Wallpaper – Time: 00:00 Introduction
Note: Circuit Rider – a song written by Michael Gregory and performed by the Michael Gregory Band is used in the background of the Introduction, as well as later in the podcast, at 10:27 and 10:44.
* 02:13 – Jamie
03:57 – “Cut Me To The Bone”, performed live at Mike’s final appearance with The Michael Gregory Band (vocals by Mike Kelly).
* 06:10 – Jamie
* 09:34 – Jamie
* 14:50 – Audio wallpaper
Note: Jaden Dewall, one of Mike’s former students performed on the bass with Mike on this song.
* 16:43 – Euphoria,
*18:49 – Euphoria
* 19:43 – * Antique Dream, vocals by Mike Kelly).
* 21:47 – Touching Bases, dual bases by Mike and Jimmy Morris).
* 22:18 – Audio Wallpaper
* 23:33 – Wondering Why
24:06 – Sooner Or Later, The Mercy Me Band (vocals by Jimmy Morris
24:29 – Shoot For The Moon, featuring Julie Morris on vocals, on Jim Malone’s CD Project
* 25:15 – Smile, written by Mike Kelly and Jim Morris, vocals by Jim Morris. Favorite album track of many of the musicians who performed on the album, as well as Brooklyn, who “…can’t listen to that song without crying.”)
30:20 – speech by Holly Watson, Mike’s step-daughter at the Celebration Of Life event.
31:39 – speech by Pat Olguen at the Celebration Of Life event
32:24 – musical ode to Mike by Jimmy Morris at the Celebration Of Life event
33:29 – musical performance of Killing Me Softly by The Mercy Me Band, with Julie Morris on vocals at the Celebration of Life event
* 35:48 – Me and Mr. Miller, one of the two initial songs from the Audio wallpaper album available for purchase at the time of release of this podcast
* 36:44 – Hidden Treasure – second of two songs initially available for purchase at the time of release of this podcast
* 38:07 – Smile, background for montage of closing comments from Mike’s loved ones
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