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Fiona Apple: "I Wanted To Stay Friends With Him And I Never Got His Number"
The death by overdose of Mac Miller on Sept. 7 has reverberated through the weekend with artists, fans and music lovers reflecting on our collective loss. GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Fiona Apple shared her own heartfelt, impromptu memory with Miller and expressed her sadness over not having been able to make music with him.
"I wanted to stay friends with him and I never got his number," captured Fiona Apple's wistfulness, as did the grief-stricken gaze in her video. She concluded with the thought, "He's still around, I hope."
She also left further comments on Tumblr and is in company with Elton John and many others, trying to cope with the destruction of his young talent. John said the loss was "inconceivable" in a performance tribute during his tour.
Elton John dedicates Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to Mac Miller: “Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now” pic.twitter.com/oJHNfVFqdz
— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) September 9, 2018
Fiona Apple discovered another connection to Mac Miller's work through Jon Brion, the producer of her GRAMMY-nominated album Extraordinary Machine. It was almost a month ago that Mac Miller's latest album Swimming was released, produced by Brion, who also won Best Rap Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards for his work on Kanye West's Late Registration.
"And I remember that we were talking about music, and I remember that he was talking about how much he loved Jon Brion," she said. "And now I just found out that Jon produced his last record. So I’m going to go listen to that and keep him alive that way."
Connections through music and connections through memories are overlapping with our growing knowledge of struggles many face and the many gifts lost to the world by overdose. Mac Miller is only the latest casualty to inner sorrow and substance abuse. However we cope with their being gone, hope that this rising toll slows is also in our reflections.