Comforting Sounds: A Collection of Songs for Brad & Kristen

This is probably the hardest post I will ever have to write. It is also probably going to be my most personal post as well. I am so lucky to have an outlet through music and through this blog where I can share with whoever cares to read my opinions, in a very personal way. I feel like lately I’ve been constantly defending myself in saying that my blog isn’t actually that personal, but let’s face it, it is. And I’ve also come to terms that I wouldn’t do this any other way. I love connecting with people about music and if it wasn’t personal, I wouldn’t be able to do that. All of this gives me the freedom to write the following post. One that means the world to me. Please read this with an open heart and mind. That’s all I ask.

For those of you who know me, you might’ve noticed I had the distinct honor of being in one of my very good friend’s wedding this past September. I was a bridesmaid for my friend Kristen and was able to witness her marry one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was a beautiful wedding for a couple who showed nothing but true and genuine love.

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A little less than two months after that wedding, I received a phone call informing me that Kristen’s husband, Brad, had passed away. An unbelievable and unfathomable phone call, one that took me several hours to even grasp. With tragedy, people can do some amazing things, though. I have watched my friends rally behind Kristen to help her during this time. They have absolutely gone above and beyond. It’s been an incredible thing to observe. And so now it’s my turn.

I don’t have many talents in life, but what I do have is an ear for music, and a lot of people who care what I have to say about music. I decided a few weeks ago to make a playlist for Kristen. Music is a therapy of sorts and I wanted to help her with something that has been a great aid to me. I painstakingly have torn myself up about this playlist. It had to be absolutely perfect. Later on, I decided it would be a great idea to share this playlist with the public for the most deserving reason I could think of.

No one should have to endure this. No one should have to experience this. And yet, here we are, left to help out our friend and pick up the pieces of her life. It is an honorable task to fulfill and one that has brought us all closer as friends. We’re a family more than anything and when one of your family members suffers, we all suffer. So I will do anything in my power to help my friend, my sister, out. This is where you guys come in. I hate asking for handouts or money, but fuck it, I really don’t care at this point. Money is the last thing anyone in her position should have to think about. If you have anything to donate, myself, my friends, and especially Kristen, would be forever grateful.

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I hope her story and this playlist moves all of you. It’s meant to be sad and tragic, because this is sad and tragic. There’s no other way to describe it. And I want to personally thank you for reading this, for listening to these songs, and for helping out my friend. Have a wonderful holiday season.

To Donate: Support for the Clarks Go Fund Me Page
Spotify Playlist: A Collection of Songs for Brad & Kristen
Photographs Provided By: Miss Mamroth Photo



There are 7 comments

  1. Janelle

    You’re a great friend, this is a wonderful thing you’ve done.

    I’m sorry for Kristen’s loss and for the loss everyone that knew Brad feels.

    Thank you for sharing – I’ll too share, and donate.

  2. Devin

    This is really special. Great playlist and amazing display of character. Sending good energy to your friend and I’ll definitely donate!

  3. Robin

    Friendship is an interesting kind of love and I want to let you, Erin and Kristen, know that I truly honor and respect the uniqueness of your special bond! There are many reasons why your friendship is so valuable and will last forever!! At the end of the day, after all the laughter and tears, you two, who found each other on a beautiful sunny day back in 1987, were meant to be in each other’s lives forever!! You’re truly lucky to have each other and to possess the qualities of which make for a true and genuine friendship!!

    I just want you, Erin and Kristen, to know that this post and all of your posts have touched me in a way that I cannot explain and enables me to confirm what I’ve always said and known….that I am proud to call you both my daughters and to say what amazing and strong women you have become!!! This tragic loss has touched all of our lives forever and we will never forget you Brad and your kind and gentle soul. I am grateful to you for coming into all of our lives and for bringing such happiness and joy to our Kristen!! God bless the Piskorek and Clark families, you will always have our support and love!!

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