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Published on Feb 8, 2008
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/SteveAlekPet... This funeral song, entitled "Livin Without You" was conceived by Steve Alek in early 2008 during a very difficult personal time for his family. Steve's mother-in-law, Marilyn Maxey, had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was given between 2 weeks and 6 months to live. Steve was very close to his mother-in-law and, he was inspired and determined to create a song to give to family and friends as a tribute to her life.
With Marilyn's imminent death fast approaching, Steve called his good friend, Peter Nunn, a seasoned piano player who has performed with Grammy-award-winning singers, and asked for his help. They exchanged emails back and forth to mold and edit Steve's words into song form. Peter then took what they had and built the song based upon the catchy 4-note melody Steve had initially sung to him over the phone.
Peter mentioned the project to Atilla Turi of Mainway Studios, Burlington, ON, who suggested Peter ask their friend, Al Langlade, to sing the song. Peter emailed Al in Thunder Bay, ON and Al answered that he'd be happy to help out. So, Peter emailed his piano track to Al along with the lyrics.
Within 4 hours, Al sent back a beautiful vocal rendition of the song, mixed with Peter's piano track. Al and Peter both expected this was just the beginning of their cyber-collaboration and that they'd be sending files back and forth until they had a polished song ready for Steve. To keep Steve in the loop, Peter sent him the rough demo. Steve surprised both Al and Peter by saying he thought the song was just perfect the way it was.
Sadly missed, Marilyn passed away on Valentine's Day, 2008. The song was conceived, written, recorded and published on CD in the course of a few days, just in time for distribution at the funeral.
Her spirit lives on: "Funeral Song - Livin Without You" was posted on YouTube shortly after her funeral and surpassed half a million YouTube views in the Spring of 2010. It continues to touch the hearts of thousands of new viewers every day.