Play Your Heart Out!

August 29, 2011

Greetings Everyone!  I would like to draw your attention to the picture below, as it is important to me, and to you for several reasons. This is a photograph of my father at age 17, 1957, rocking out how rocking out was meant to be.  I cannot stress enough how many times I have looked to this photo for inspiration, a pick me up, or to simply remember why I do music in the first place.

I wanted to share this with the world as a symbol – One that clearly states “Whatever it is you’re doing….Give it your all, and play your heart out!”  This is something my father instilled in me my whole life, and it is a way of life that has brought me wonderful rewards, experiences, and interactions with amazing people.

Exactly 2 weeks ago, I lost my father to Cancer.  He positively affected so many people’s lives through his music, his big heart, and simply being an amazing human being.  He always did what he wanted to do in the ways he wanted to do it, despite what people said about his “Unconventional,” nature.   I was reminded of him from a line in the new version of Alice in Wonderland –

Alice to her father being distraught about people calling her crazy:  “Daddy, do you think I’m mad?”   Father to Alice: “Of course you are…..but all the best people are!”

My Dad was one of these people, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have spent my life learning from someone like him.

*Look at this picture, and see what transpires for you.  Maybe it will make you dust off an old guitar, ask a girl out on a date, or just have more fun in life.  Whatever happens, I’d love to know how it affects you.

Here’s to you Dad – Keep playing your heart out!  I know I will!

Love Michael/Mr. Bard


5 Responses to “Play Your Heart Out!”

  1. Jaybob Says:

    Just reading this here inspires me to “play my heart out everyday” from now on. I understand our lives are so precious and fragile, life ends too soon for so many of those “mad” people, those “play your heart out everyday” kind of people and its not fair, but as long as you “play your heart out everyday” you will be content with what you are leaving behind.

    Here I go…

  2. C. Says:


    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It sounds like he was an amazing and inspirational man. I love the photo!


  3. Laurie Clegg Says:

    Hey Mike,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! I lost my Dad a year ago and I know how difficult it is. Your story is Beautiful and it made me smile because my Dad was a special Mad kind of man too!
    I miss working out with you and Kendra and all the goofy times we had at the gym! Take Care and keep on strummin! I Love,LOve,Love that photo!
    Laurie Clegg

  4. sillken Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He sounds like an amazing man…and his spirit inspires.
    Thank you for sharing.
    michele (from One Song Challenge)

  5. Judy Averill Says:

    Thank you for writing this beautiful piece for Dad. He loved hearing about and seeing all that you are doing and would get a chuckle out of your quote from “Alice”.
    We have been and are so proud of you.
    Love , Mom

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