Next week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jimmy Sullivan, drummer for the band Avenged Sevenfold, or A7X as the shorthand goes.
A7X is from here in Huntington Beach, Calif., where we live. The Sullivan family is friends with my family and so our hearts go out to them.
I know the worldwide family of A7X fans also extends their deep sympathies to the family, especially as 12/28 approaches.
Jimmy’s sister Katie was kind enough to share some images with me for inclusion in a project I’m working on – I thought I’d share this beautiful family shot with the A7X family as a simple shrine to her brother – someone who captivated many with his all-out, full-blown, unbridled approach to his life and his art.
To all of the amazing young people I’ve heard from this year, looking for light through the bleak shroud of pain and loss – may the image give you some solace. The Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa once wrote, “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
So to all of you – burn that pain in the spirit of The Rev as your own journey continues. Use the fuel to live your life, chase your dreams and make a difference.
We’re counting on you.
*I’m* counting on you