Tom Coyne - Grateful Goodbye

Today I found out that legendary Mastering Engineer, Tom Coyne passed away. With a resume that contains top artists like Adele and Coldplay, I am so honored I got to work with Tom on some of my latest Susan songs in 2016. Despite being terminally ill, he told no one.  Instead, he engulfed himself with what he loved most - music.  I was so touched when my producer forwarded me an email from Tom after He mastered "Time For This" last fall.  This is what he wrote:


Hello Gerard,
                           I hope all is well with you.
                           Only thing I can say about Susan and this single                                     is WOW !!!  Incredible !!...OK 2 words.
                           What a performance , and mix.
                           Enjoy and when you pick which of the options I                                     gave you, I will make the 96-24 for you.
All the best,

                                                      Tom Coyne
                                                      Senior Mastering Engineer

Music is a powerful thing. And for those of us who create it and build our lives around it, music is more than a job.  Music is our comfort, our identity, our food, our air, our therapist, our inspiration, our communication, and our deepest passion.  It romances us in to a "marriage that never ends", even when our human commitments fail or fall short.  Music is the euphoric, perfect, insatiable force that holds our hearts captive, and we remain happily imprisoned.  

Tom, I will forever be grateful that your skilled ears crossed some T's and dotted some i's on my songs.  Your kind words lifted my spirit that day.  You have left an enormous body of beautiful music in our hands now, all because they passed thru yours first.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and letting me stand on your shoulders for a minute. I promise to run and run hard at this.  Thank you for reminding me that it's worth it. Respect, Gratitude, and Love . . . .  ~ Suz


I'd like to think I am a forgiving person, but truth be told,  there is always some sort of "situation" that sort of "comes up" . . showing me there are definitely some things I am"not quite over".   I think sometimes we underestimate the affect holding a grudge might have on us.  In a recent interview with a top cardiologist from the mayo clinic, the doctor being interviewed stated that in a recent study the clinic had done, they actually found that people who had truly forgiven those who had hurt them actually LIVED LONGER and were in better cardiovascular health. Wow.

We do all these crazy things to stay healthy these days from juicing, to herbal remedies, to extreme workout plans ( which I myself am guilty ).  Who knew forgiveness should be on the list next to Kale?

One thing I have learned in my own journey, is what forgiveness is NOT.  Forgiveness is NOT about ignoring something hurtful.  It is NOT saying that what happened was ok. It is choosing to let it go. Not for the sake of the person who hurt you, but for YOUR sake.  It is for YOUR benefit, simple as that.   Bitterness is a cancer. It spreads itself thru our soul.  It can also wreck our GOOD relationships, as it tends to punish the innocent, instead of the guilty.

This year, let bygones be bygones . .  for real.  Set yourself free.  Just forgive.

                        " Above all love each other, because love covers a multitude a sins"