I’m mesmerized by moonlight. Star gazing is high on my list of hobbies. I find comfort in constellations and am amused by their myths. So many people have homes in the night sky – Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Hercules, Orion, and Perseus to pick a pack. Now, Sean Rudie Rush adds another bright light to the starry sky.
Sean, who we knew as a quiet comedian and mellow musician, passed away in the previous weeks. Dueling with depression that didn’t desist, he decided to, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers sing, “take it on the other side.” Sean always had a giving grin and a delightful demeanor, and I’m sure some of his friends are feeling like The Fray, wondering how things like this happen: “Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend, somewhere along in the bitterness, and I would have stayed up with you all night had I known how to save a life.” Well, they certainly know how to honor one.
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 6th, is the Sean Rush Benefit and Celebration. A fundraiser, the show will feature live music and laughter, with both bands and comedians performing. Bands that will be there are What Great Fangs, Brown Bear’s Revival, Concrete Teepee, Uncle Eddie and Robin, Shopaholic Alcoholic, South Seas Sneak, and the Sheebie Jeebies. The show will take place from 2 P.M. – 8 P.M. at C.A. House Music in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Five dollars at the door, proceeds will profit iFred, the International Foundation of Research and Education on Depression, in Sean’s name.
Coldplay sings in their song “Fix You” that “lights will guide you home.” Sean left a lot of light wherever he was. Ablaze with altruism, he glowed with goodness, projected positivity. Whenever I see the sky tonight I shall sing along with FM Static: “Every night I miss you, I can just look up and know the stars are holding you, holding you, holding you.” Shine on, Sean.