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Bright Moments

Sean MurphyPlease Talk about Me When I’m Gone is a memoir about love, loss, grief and recovery.

It’s also a memoir about dialogue: a dialogue with my mother, a dialogue with myself and my memories, and a dialogue with the reader.

In telling my mother’s (and my family’s) story, I recall the many things we knew and, importantly, what we did not know. We became experts on how to deal with the day-to-day urgencies of a terminal cancer patient; what we didn’t know was the wealth of resources available to us: organizations and individuals who can help.

We also didn’t know exactly what questions to ask, or how to ask them. I recount some of the lessons we learned, the hard way, in the hope that someone reading might feel more empowered if they ever find themselves navigating a similar journey.

And so, Bright Moments.

Bright Moments? The great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who was born blind and eventually taught himself to play three saxophones, simultaneously, often talked about bright moments: occasions where you feel deeply connected to the music, the message, and the soul of the messenger.

To me, bright moments signify an attempt at sharing, gestures that are honest, opportunities to connect.

In this space I will share stories, some of the aforementioned resources, and many of the songs that did –and do– help me survive. I invite you to tell your story. Share what you know or have learned, or are hoping to learn. Tell me what music (or books, or movies, or people) inspire and encourage you.

We’re all in this together and nobody should ever feel like they are going through life alone.

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  1. Serfincyberspace says:

    Here’s to Bright Moments Sean. Thoughtful, insightful, powerful messages and stories in your new novel. I hope that this book is able to reach a lot of people from different worlds and walks of life because they will all be touched and connected by such a human and moving story. Music…. Lets throw this log on the fire. One of my all time songs to remind me to chase my dreams today, and that all we really have in our lives that we can control is this moment in time right now, so if we don’t do it now we may not get a chance to do it later, is “Reach for the Sky” by Social Distortion. “Between stimulus and response there lies a gap, and between that gap is our ability to choose, and in that choice is our interdependence and our freedom.”

  2. Love it, Serfie. I look forward to sharing (and receiving) many more songs capable of creating or enhancing BRIGHT MOMENTS. And a heavy dose of Social D always does the trick nicely!

  3. Beth Bates says:

    Love this post, Sean. Well said.

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It’s early in that lamentable decade of the 2000s, and while the good times continue to roll in corporate America, they won’t be rolling for much longer—and no one knows it better than Byron, the Everyman narrator of Sean Murphy’s witty and wise firecracker of a debut. If you liked Joshua Ferris’s AND THEN WE CAME TO THE END, you’ll love NOT TO MENTION A NICE LIFE. Byron might not have a future, but Sean Murphy certainly does.

–Greg Olear, author of Totally Killer and Fathermucker

May 22, 2015