But so much has changed since Michael fronted INXS delivering this great anthem.
…Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long…
No one needs to be reminded of the significance of this day in the history of Australian and International popular music. It is an important commemorative day to honour Michael Kelland Hutchence, 15 years on from the sad moment a charismatic, energetic, lovable, amazingly gifted and preciously caring Australian musician departed this life.
Yes, there have been many changes that have taken place. Significant changes. The departing of Michael, of Paula, the growing into young adulthood of Tiger, the departing of Michael’s father Kelland and mother Patricia, and the ending this month of a 35 year music career for INXS as a touring band. Things change all the time in this transient life.
I was listening last week to a lecture by US author and speaker, Dr Wayne Dyer who asked, “What is reality”? He drew some conclusions from others, and decided reality is that which never changes. He explained about the great “I am” from the Old Testament who never changes and about our own “I am” that also never changes, the part of us that is eternal, our spirit soul. The secret to time travel and time machines has quite fascinated me lately as I view the many photos of my body changing over the decades. With that drastic change, Dr Dyer says our bodies don’t fit the definition of never changing and so our bodies are not true reality. Bodies are like an optical illusion because they can hide or distract from what these changing bodies carry, the eternal heart and soul. So in that sense Michael was correct in saying the “sky won’t fall down”. Our very being is not going to change or cease to exist. The eternal hope of a spirit that moves from temporary bodies to eternity was of much comfort to Kelland as he prepared for his own journey to cross over. He was convinced through his faith and hope in the great “I am” that his own “I am” would find rest, comfort and be re-united with his dear son. So that was always a great cause for celebration and hope for Kelland and it should also bolster our own spirits today that bodies die, get damaged and wear out, but our spirit is eternal.
Could this mean that the best part of Michael, the “I am” part, is very much intact, conscious, celebrating, wiser, more loving? If you believe in the eternal nature of the soul, then the answer is “YES!!! Of course!!! And even if you don’t then appreciate the reflection of that soul in the lyrics of Michael’s songs because he saw his fellow traveller that he passed on the stairs as, “All are different all are great!”
Light your candles, raise your glass, say that prayer of thankfulness for Michael and for your own eternal spirit. Everything else may be just an optical illusion, ever changing!
Today our thoughts and prayers are with Tiger, Tina, Rhett, Susie and all of Kelland’s and Patricia’s grand children.
I found a love I had lost,
It was gone for too long.
Hear no evil in all directions,
Execution of bitterness,
Message received loud and clear.
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
(from Don’t Change)
Susie Hutchence, Mario and Jacqui Ferrari
Co-Directors Michael Hutchence Memorial Site