Absent Friends & Heroes songs



The list of great and beloved songwriters that we have lost recently, and over the past year, is long. All of them dreamed of writing songs that would survive them, and all of them were successful. Some are known and loved around the world beyond our community of songwriters; some are not but loved by those of us who knew them, did concerts with them, and more. All of them touched us with their spirit and their songs; All of them are missed all the time. The world without them is not the same.

Yet their minds survive as the songwriter intended, in the songs they wrote and recorded and left behind.

These songs are shared today In the melodious memory of our friends and fellow songwriters, with love and gratitude.

Mark Humphreys, “Jesus Christ, Joe Walsh and Me”
of The river road

Zak Nilsson, “Taller Man”,
Written by Zak Nilsson for his father Harry, performed live at at
The 4th Annual Harry Nilsson Tribute Concert
in Molly Malones, Los Angeles, June 20, 2019
produced by Todd Lawrence
Zak Nilsson – lead vocals
Jason Berk – piano
Video by Christinna Guzman
Edited by Nick Guzman
Additional video footage of the documentary, Who is Harry Nilsson (and why is everyone talking about him)?

Don Heffington, “Sent Again”.
Live at McCabes, Santa Monica, CA April 24, 2016
Written by Don Heffington and Sebastian Steinberg.
Benmont Tanche, Piano.
Tim Young, Electric Guitar.
Sebastian Steinberg, Bass.
Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel.
Multitrack mixed by Sheldon Gomberg.
Video cameras and editing by Wayne Griffith & Sam Epstein.
Live and multitrack audio by Wayne Griffith


Sandy Ross, “All my heroes sang the blues”
with Jeff Gold on guitar
Written by Sandy Ross
Behind the scenes of the café gallery,
Altadena, California

Jerry Burgan from We Five, “You Were on My Mind”
With Debbie Burgan

by Sylvia Fricker

Terry Vreeland, “Reasons Why”
with Tim Tedrow, his musical partner, on mandolin and vocals
and Joey Vreeland, his daughter, vocals
at Robert Morgan Fisher’s Folktacular, 2008
Santa Monica, California


Mac Davis, “In the ghetto”
By Mac Davis
Of Painter of the song, 1972

D. Whitney Quinn, “When I Come to Heaven”
by D. Whitney Quinn
with Dave Morrison
Kulak Pyre, Los Angeles


Michael Smith, “Spoon River”
by Michael Smith
august 1997
Live at the benefit concert for brotherly love
The Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg Illinois
For Eric Kinkel’s sister, Linda Kinkel, who suffered from MS.


PF Sloan, “the secret agent”
Written by PF Sloan
Living at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London,
June 23, 2014

Duane Thorin, “The Great Mandella”
Written by Peter Yarrow
with Tonya Smyth
& Michael Arcoangelo (Duane Soul Rustler’s companion)
Performed in memory of Mary Travers
at the Coffee Gallery, Altadena, California
September 23, 2009


Maureena Danicar, “Runaway”
by Maureena Danicar
From the album Like the sun
2020 release


John Prine, “Memories”
by John Prine
With Steve Goodman



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