( aka Mansion )
guitarist - drummer - composer
our loving son and brother
I sent Gina Mendello (Tommy's Manager) the following email:
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.
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