This isn't the first time I have mentioned my niece Katie in this blog. Living in western Ireland, she is a talented singer and musician - specialising in flutes, pipes and whistles.
It is now ten years since her father, my big brother Paul died so unexpectedly. He was also a talented musician and singer and Katie grew up with music - especially Irish traditional music. Perhaps it can take a full decade to begin to process the loss of a parent.
Finally, Katie has penned an affectionate song of her own about Paul. It is as simple as it is honest and sweet. Achieving that in a song of remembrance is ironically quite difficult. It would be very easy to layer the sorrow on far too thick. To be too darned clever.
I know that I am biased but I think Katie has come up with something quite special that will resound for listeners who never even knew that Paul existed. All human beings can relate to loss. It touches us all.
Please give Katie's song a listen via YouTube. It is called "When You Were Big and I Was Small". If heaven existed, Paul would now be looking down and blushing self-consciously about a song inspired by him, but nevertheless very proud of his daughter's composition and her continuing talent.
You could also visit her website katietheasby.com .