Growing up in rural Hunan, Mao described his father as a stern disciplinarian, who would beat him and his three siblings, the boys Zemin and Zetanas well as an adopted girl, Zejian.
She loved her home and extended another invitation for me to visit. My mother had been living with cancer since having undergone chemo for 6 years and was still going strong. When we hung up I went to my room and cried.
Something within me knew she was dying and it was this feeling that inspired me to write her a song. I finished writing it and recorded it 4 days before she left this world. How was I to know my life, and all the relationships within it, was about to shift — never to return to what was?
As I sat in the salon, Elton John came on the radio and I found myself choking back unbidden tears. For the rest of the performance day those tears would be the nemesis that remained so close, it was an inner struggle to channel them properly within the context of the show.
She was unresponsive but aware. I requested to speak to her and told her how MUCH I loved her, not to worry about me and that I would make sure all her efforts and sacrifices would not be in vain.
To this day, I wish I had had the presence of mind to sing her the first verse of the lullaby she always sang to me: Instead I performed the Sunday matinee and returned home as usual.
It was around 8pm and I was outside romping around with my dogs. It was a clear, calm evening and we played as we always did.
Out of nowhere a huge wind began, the mature trees surrounding my property began to sway and leaves were tossed here and there. The dogs and I became still at the same time as we looked around and I whispered one word: My mother was gone.
Just like that, my life and everything in it shifted. Lisa Celeste Stroud also died on that day and Simone was officially born. I often think of that time and my heart still aches. I had booked a ticket to France for May 3rd and I was too late. For a long time I was angry with my mother for leaving before my fantasy of a fairy tale relationship was realized.
There was no opportunity to make heads or tails of my own heart because of the whirlwind tossing me about and the constant influx of condolences from presidents, political figures, musical icons, friends and fans the world over. We flew to France to attend to all that needed doing. I remember walking around with the same legal pad in my hand which I still have for I knew I would not be able to retain anything AND the vultures had begun to circle; each trying to get me to before the next.
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