Editor’s note: Noted local musician Craig Laflin passed away on Saturday morning, Oct. 9. On Saturday afternoon, his wife, Lisa Laflin, e-mailed a statement to friends and supporters.
I’d like to take a minute to tell you all about Craig Laflin.
I met Craig about 12 years ago. Fell in love with him the minute that I heard him speak. (He was with someone else at the time and I had to wait over three years to actually have a real relationship with him. Nothing else in my life has been worth the wait, the way that Craig was.)
A year later, after much badgering, my friend Maria and I went to Craig’s open stage at the Outback in Broad Ripple. For those of you unfamiliar, the Outback was the little bar at the side of the Broad Ripple Steak House.
There I was introduced, not only to Craig’s talent as a singer/songwriter, but also to what was to be a host of musicians and artists who have literally changed my world.
I met folks who were just starting to get their feet wet in the music business. I met people who had been playing for years. I met folks who later went on to successful careers in the music business, and those of you in the music business know how hard that is around here.
I was a rock ’n’ roll baby who really didn’t have much of an appreciation for original music unless it was original music by AC/DC or Styx. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as local original music. What a life changer that was. Wow, here were all of these incredibly talented people (most of them anyway, and hooray to those who weren’t but gave it a try anyway), not the least of whom was Craig, willing to play their hearts out, and share their stories and songs, and for free!
I continued to fall in love with this man, who, in my sister Cheryl’s words, met life on his own terms, without apology.
If you can’t tell, this letter is to tell you that Craig has “left the building.”
I do not say this with any disrespect to Craig or Elvis, merely to equate the two events. This morning (Saturday, Oct. 9) at 4:45, Craig drew his last, labored breath. His daughter Emily and I were with him and he turned to look at us and smile one last time in a typical Craig pose, cheek resting on his closed hand.
I can tell you that after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer, Craig died without much pain or discomfort.
Many of you were able to come to the benefit a few weeks back and talk to Craig, and share with him how he had been a part of your lives. What a wonderful time that was. I know that many of you were unable to visit with him then, and several of you were able to come up to the hospital this week to do the same. Craig may or may not have seemed like the same old Craig, depending when you were there, but believe me when I tell you that he knew each and every one of you who had visited.
I don’t have to tell you that Craig lived his life for his music, his daughter and for other musicians. He was all about giving folks a chance, and encouraging them to take that chance.
I have been so privileged and blessed to have been a part of his life for the past 10 or so years, and his wife and best friend for the past five.
I am not sure how I am ever going to fill this huge hole in my heart, but so many of you have offered to help, and I thank you.
There is not going to be a funeral for Craig. We will celebrate his life in typical Craig fashion, with music, friends and Hawaiian shirts! The celebration will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Eagles Crest, 7201 Fishback Road.
To Craig’s closest friends, be you Seekers, Musicians, Writers, Artists or just everyday people like me, thank you for sharing the wonderful man with me.
To God Almighty, please take care of him for me until I get there to be with him again. All of my love, appreciation and warmest regards,