"The number 13 is a lucky number for some. For others, it may be ominous or foreboding. As I entered the year 2013, I realized that it had been 13 years since the passing of my beloved friend Gene Eugene. I suddenly waxed nostalgic as I recalled rumors of Gene's unfinished Adam Again album to be titled "Guadalupe" and how it inspired me to write a song with that same name. The lyric is filled with remembrance and longing for my grandfather and all the places we went fishing together, but somehow the song was about Gene as well. Upon rehearing, it reminded me of so much unfinished business we have with others, ourselves and our lifeís work -- things we should or could have done but never got around to. This certainly applies to many songs Iíve recorded over the years that I felt I could have represented better or with a different approach. At this point in my life, that usually means simpler, with less clutter and ornamentation.
Recently, I asked a bunch of my Facebook fans to share with me what songs of mine had meant something important to them. The response was overwhelming, as were the stories about why certain tunes had an impact. This inspired me to revisit some of them in a quieter, simpler way. We canít change the past, but if we try, we can sometimes change the way we feel about it. Some things never get done, but sometimes we can do for others the things they left undone. "Guadalupe" is my attempt at doing just that for myself, my grandfather, Gene Eugene and all of you, complete with an all new song, "U U" written especially for you, the fans..." ~~ Michael Roe
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