On June 11, 2008 just hours before Tommy Emmanuel performed to a sold out Colonial Theater,
I sent Gina Mendello (Tommy's Manager) the following email:

From: Dennis
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
To: Gina
Subject: tonight's performance at the Colonial Theater - my late son Corey
Dear Tommy,

My son Corey died this year just a few weeks after his 21st birthday.  Corey, his girlfriend Lauren, and I saw you last year at the Colonial. You provided us one of the most memorable evenings of our lives.  Corey and Lauren were totally blown away, as I knew they would be, having seen you 9 times since 2003 myself.  Corey was a blossoming finger-picking guitarist right up to his last night.

Tommy, you sometimes sing a song in concert entitled “Still Can’t Say Goodbye”.  Even though the song is sung from a son’s perspective, the chorus applies every bit to missing a son as well…. “no matter, how many years go by… I still can’t say goodbye”

I will be at your concert tonight with Corey’s girlfriend Lauren and 12 other of Corey’s friends that I am treating to this concert.

If you wouldn’t mind, if you do that song tonight, would you please also dedicate the chorus to my son Corey’s memory?

I understand if you are not able to do this.

Thank you,


Dennis Parrish

PS – I introduced Bunny Barnes to your live concerts in 2003 at the Sellersville Theater – you changed her life forever!

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To my surprise, in the middle of his performance, Gina handed him a half sheet of paper which ended up being my
email and Tommy so graciously dedicated "Still Can't Say Goodbye" to Corey Parrish. 
thank you Tommy !
and thank you Gina !

Dennis     -     Tommy     - Lauren     -      Rabia