Farewell Scott Hutchison
“While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth.” – Scott Hutchison
Have you ever met your heroes? I did.
It was November, 2008. I went to the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas to see a reunion of The Dead Milkmen. While I was there, I decided to check out this cool band with a strange name – Frightened Rabbit. They instantly became and have since been my favorite.
I didn’t really have the courage to chat them up. What does one say to their heroes? So I, like a lot of people, became a fan from afar. “The Midnight Organ Fight” was on constant repeat. A standard bearer for what music should be. I pored through each track. Memorized lyrics. Absorbed the catharsis. Made their songs my own.
The next year, they came to my hometown of Orlando. The show was electric. The energy was off the charts. For anyone who has ever been to a FRabbit show, it was them at their best. Like always.
He truly was a just a hilarious, humble, beautiful, talented soul.
Afterward, I walked up to their singer/guitarist, Scott Hutchison and tried to play it cool. In the short time I had been a fan of his music, I placed him on a pedestal. No, a throne. How could he ever live up to the lofty version I created for the man behind some of the most beautiful and heartfelt songs I had ever heard?
As we got to talking, his very nature and presence put me at ease. It turns out his funny, friendly, warm, aw-shucks stage persona wasn’t a persona after all. He truly was a just a hilarious, humble, beautiful, talented soul.
From that day forward – and I’m still not sure how it happened, but I’m so very grateful that it did – we became friends. Real friends. Scott, Grant, Andy, Billy and all of the FRabbit family invited me into their world and allowed me to take part in their life’s great adventure.
Life sucks sometimes. Scott’s great adventure ended sooner than it should have. And now my friend is gone. My hero is gone. But I’m so infinitely lucky to have known him. And such a better person because of him.
Hug the people you know. Smile at the ones you don’t. Even heroes need a hand sometimes.