Lucas Revolution

Max and Luke became friends when they were 6 and played on the same soccer team. In the photo above, they were 8 year old headbangers. I can’t remember why they’re wearing those wacky outfits but I do recall being horrified when Luke’s mom let him get a bleached mohawk. In fact, she is an amazing mother.

Max and Luke started a band in our garage, and it lasted until they were young men and had a falling out that broke both their hearts. When Max was hurt last year, Luke came to the hospital and cried at his bedside. Max pulled through and their beautiful friendship was repaired.

I know that this was part of Max’s unfinished business to complete. Luke knows it too.   Last week, he wrote this song and I asked him to record it for me:

“The Gift”

Under the name Lucas Revolution, Luke will be hitchhiking around the US performing his songs and documenting the experience. You can learn about it here.

Thanks universe, for bringing Luke into Max’s life, and mine.

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37 Responses to Lucas Revolution

  1. Sardonique Rictus says:

    Gifts of shared memories that have been transmuted into poetry are not only beyond price, they are proof that Max will always live on inside of those he touched most deeply. What a profound gesture on Luke’s behalf; for not only himself, but to Max’s family and friends. Bravo.

  2. Dave C says:

    What an amazing tribute. Really good lyrics sung in a gorgeous Neil Young style. ‘In the end all is forgiven’ had me in tears.

  3. Stella Mayfair says:

    so beautiful.

  4. So bittersweet and lovely. Thanks for sharing Sister Wolf!

  5. the real andrea says:

    Beautiful tribute & very touching. His voice reminds me of Neil Young, only better. What a nice testament to their friendship and your son.

  6. Bourbon Drinker Known as MJ says:

    Oh hell, I’m crying at my desk (again). Beautiful.

  7. Truly wonderful and haunting. Most heartfelt xx

  8. Sheri says:

    Simply lovely.

  9. Ann says:

    Found myself at my desk, biting my lower lip and eyes welling with tears as I listened to that beautiful tribute. Very touching, very sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Jill says:

    There are no words in times like this to comfort you, I wish I could fix it all…this song is hauntingly beautiful.

    My husband has been thru similar circumstances. I’m always at a loss to comfort him as well and it’s been years…I want to make it better, but it’s impossible. “Things will never be the same”…true words.

  11. you are a good mom sister wolf, cos you know every story….

  12. dust says:

    Max had a great friends, guess that’s because he was a great friend as well.
    He was a great son, because you are a great mother.

  13. Bessie the Buddha cow says:

    I listened to the song when I first got up this morning, before tea, getting dressed, work, ect. It is very moving. Max is loving it. I do beleive our energy endures forever.
    Having my mum and dad lose their son . . . I have great empathy for you. I have felt that pain, that lose, that grief through my parents, and loosing a brother is a heartache I’ll carry forever. Losing a child is something I wish on no parent, ever. I wish I had a magic wand to reverse time, or a magic pill to take away the grief, or some really fucking kind words to ease your pain for a second . . . just know you are loved!

    And never give up the good fight!

  14. So moving, Sister Wolf. You have some very fond memories, keep the good times with you. Always.

  15. Elena Abaroa says:

    So beautiful song…It´s a nice thing that u have this lovely people around supporting you…

  16. Sonia Luna says:

    Beautiful tribute!
    When my father died suddenly more than 15 years ago the knowledge that he was truly loved, not only by his family but by all his many friends, was really comforting to me, I hope it’s the same for you. Hang in there, it will become easier, things will never be the same it’s true, but it will become easier.
    Much love as always.

  17. Alicia says:

    This is so bittersweet…

    You’re an amazing mother, Sis.

  18. Jon says:

    I don’t think Max or Lucas would have self-described as “head-bangers” . . . but the picture takes me back.

  19. Jon says:

    Or “headbangers” for that matter.

  20. Sister Wolf says:

    Jon, well, you’re wrong. And they would laugh their asses off at the usage of “self-described.” Please go away from here, thanks.

  21. tinlizzy says:

    Wow! What a beautiful song and tribute to beautiful Max. If I had the $ I would 100% finance Lucas’ trip. He’s seems like such a special young man.

  22. Cricket9 says:

    Thanks, Sister Wolf. I’m so glad that they had enough time to make up and be friends again…

  23. K-Line says:

    Wow. What a blessing to have repaired their friendship…

  24. Sister Wolf says:

    tinlizziy – He really is a beautiful free spirit, and the music they made together lives on, too! xo

  25. Bevitron says:

    Very real and profoundly moving. I feel extremely privileged to have heard that.

  26. tinlizzy says:

    I’ve lost my precious son to drugs, not death, yet, …If you have it in you Sister Wolf, I need words of wisdom and advise. My heart is so heavy I can’t carry this alone.

  27. Aja says:

    I have nothing super important to say, but hang in there. You can get through this, even if it doesn’t seem like you will.

  28. Angie says:

    Very beautiful. I’m very touched by your sharing all your posts: good, bad, godammit I’m mad, touching, pithy, thoughtful, snarky & snippy. I’m just so glad there’s a you. You’ve no idea the joy you bring into my life on my smoke breaks from work when I hide in my car. Thanks Sister!

  29. Cath says:

    That is so beautiful and touching, I am very moved.
    The pain of losing someone to suicide is beyond painful and beyond words, my thoughts are with you and your family and pray for your recovery one day from the unbearable pain

  30. What a great song, I’m glad you got to share that. Those kids looked mighty stylish and awesome in that first photo!

  31. This is a lovely post, I have only just found your blog through Wendy B and Kate of make do style. I feel for you as a mother of two boys, I love this post as true friends to them are so important. xx

  32. Sister Wolf says:

    Angie, thanks, how nice of you, you’ve touched me right back, xo

  33. Such a beautiful song. I listened three times. I’ll probably listen again before the day is over.

    The world is truly poorer for the loss of your son.

  34. Nausicaa says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Sister- I thought it wasn’t possible to rival The What video (oh, the smiley riot policewoman at the end- how I love it all), but apparently it is. Much love to you and your family.



  35. Angelica says:

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

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