amidst vacuums and unshaved presentation, i had to leave new york city to return home to the bay, and more specifically west pittsburg, ca. seven days following a cancer diagnosis, and second wave of the disease following a 15 year remission; my grandmother, estelita bulatao ascended into eternal life. here, i was asked to sing and selected the prayer of st. francis, also known as "make me a channel of your peace". with it's meaning, and a tribute to my grandmother who dedicated her life to the catholic faith, and 38 years of that span of time to the church of our lady queen of the world, i was honored to perform, even amidst the emotional gravity of the situation. in life, my grandmother was forever poised, always smiled when in the presence of others and was known to call you "darling". her habits of poise and presentation are much of who i am today, and who i will always be. i am a proud catholic, rooted in love, always understanding what real love is, my grandma taught me that. she and i had a close relationship, and i know she is proud of me for always putting her first, and giving my absolute best. this tribute is not about perfection, but about what is real and honest. and i will forever be proud to represent my grandma for the rest of my time, and in everything that i do. there was no footage during the closed service, so i wanted to share this very rare, behind-the-scenes look at my performance. thank you grandma, i love you. rest now.
keys: dennis riray
our lady queen of the world church, bay point, ca