All The Time In The World
If you are a fan of mine, over the years, I’m sure you have heard Lowen and Navarro on the Steve Dahl Show several times. Eric Lowen passed away last Friday after a nine year battle with ALS. Dan Navarro, in a message to their fans, described it as a nine year “standoff”, and call it what you will (I think Dan said it best) Eric handled it with courage and humor.
I remember seeing Eric right after he was diagnosed and he still had most of his motor skills and it was hard to picture him incapacitated. As Low/Nav periodically visited the show over the next four or five years, the deterioration in Eric’s skills became more obvious, but there was no deterioration in his spirit. Each time I saw him I was ashamed of myself for my petty behaviors and obsessions.
Of course, the shame would fade a few days after each visit. But knowing what Eric was going through has always been a little reminder tucked away in the back of my head, urging me to me a better man. I know that just knowing Eric and seeing him handle his situation with dignity and bravery has made me a better man. The world will be a less beautiful and melodic place without him, but his music lives on, so that makes him eternal in a sense.
One of my favorite songs of Eric’s is the title track from their album All The Time In The World. It’s about the loss of his daughter, and when I was listening to it over the weekend, it actually made me feel good to know that Eric and his little daughter are both together again. I guess she must have taught him a thing or two about bravery in her short time on earth.