Music that moves us.

R.I.P. — Michael Houser (1962-2002)

image519gxSeven years ago today, a much, much too young Michael Houser passed from pancreatic cancer at the young age of 40.

“Hatfield”:

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2 responses

  1. Michael Kramer

    Mike moved to Arbour Park when I was in my second year of highschool. He hooked up with me and a couple of guys in the neighborhood. We were thick as thieves for 2 years. I think me and my friends were the reason he started playing guitar. When he moved in he played the sax in the Glasgow High band. We changed all that. Lots of Rush, Yes, Black Sabath, etc. Mike moved back to Georgia and we sort of lost track of him. Then a 45 record showed up in the mail of the coconut song. Shortly after that I got a call one night “Hey Mick, I am playin at the Stone Balloon tonight.” I was blown away by the music and the audience (they all knew the songs). Me and the old Arbour Park gang started to go to the concerts whenever Mike was in town (he always left us tickets and VP passes). He came over to my house before a concert at the U of D Bob Carpenter Center and we threw him a little party. As a joke he autographed my dog with a permanent marker and then got all freeked out that PETA would find out. I will never forget the day I called Mike because I heard he had withdrawn from the tour from one of the Arbour Park guys. He said “Mick, I am winding down”. It took the wind out of me when he explained. I got on the phone with the entire Arbour Park gang and told them what was going on. We went to our old haunts and made a video for Mike to remember our “better days” then five of us hopped on a plane and flew down to see him a week before he died. It broke my heart when he said I wish you guys could come back tomorrow. I think we really made him happy (I know we made his family happy). Mike was truly a good man and he had a posiive impact on a great number of people, including me. I miss him.

    Mick

    November 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    • Musical Stew Daily

      Thank you so much for sharing. A very warm and thoughtful sentiment.

      November 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

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