Day 2598: Heartland

Today, my heart is heavy because one of my favorite musicians — Lyle Mays (appearing in posts here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, and here) — passed away yesterday.

Yesterday, not knowing that Lyle had passed, I took pictures of hearts.




Music is one of the universal languages of love, and here is Lyle (about the age when I first saw him play) and Pat Metheny performing one of their many compositions which will live forever in my heart: “(Cross The) Heartland.

Whatever Lyle wrote and played, it landed directly in my heart.

Here‘s “Mirror of the Heart” from Lyle’s first solo album:


Pat Metheny wrote this on his website:

‘Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”

My heart goes out to all who loved Lyle and his music.

Thanks for joining my heartland, today.


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23 thoughts on “Day 2598: Heartland

  1. 💙🙏

  2. How incredible a creator would feel knowing this is how others felt about his work. ❤

  3. Lyle and Pat fit together perfectly, Ann. Oh, my. RIP, fine sir.

  4. Jeanette

    I’m so grateful to Lyle Mays for all of the amazing music he brought into the world
    That music is one of the things that we bonded on and became a cherished part of our friendship. Having all the feels today.

  5. A fine tribute

  6. Carla Coco

    Sorry to hear about his loss

  7. I am sorry for your loss,Ann

  8. Can’t place the guy but the death of soneone is always sad

  9. The music of Lyle Mays really is amazing, and the sad poignancy of “Mirror of The Heart” mirrors my own sadness of hearing of his passing. Fortunately the music is still with us.

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  11. I was really sad when I heard that Lyle had passed. I have also been a fan and devoted follower of the Group for what feels like most of my life! From the time they emerged and made a name for themselves my cousin followed them so closely that I felt like I had toured with them, just by nature of knowing so many details of their performances and career choices. Cousin Mike always spoke of them as though they were personal friends. Lyle was all too young to leave us, but the music will keep him in our hearts. You provided a lovely tribute, Ann.

    • Since I heard the sad news, you have been in my heart, Debra, because I knew of your connection with Lyle and the Pat Metheny Group. Thanks for this lovely comment, my friend.

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