Happy Father’s Day

Jun 17 2012
By: chimarx4
Categories: Blog, News

Richard with his Father Dick Marx









A dozen years ago, I made an album called, “Days In Avalon.” It was the first album I’d made in three years; it was the first album I ever made on my own, independently, without a label; and most profoundly, it was the first album I ever made that my father didn’t hear.

My dad died in 1997 as the result of an automobile accident. He was 73, but a very young and vibrant 73. He was the most gifted musician I’ve ever known. He was the single greatest father I have ever encountered, and I know quite a few men I consider to be great ones.

And he was my best friend.

The loss of him in my life still plagues me. It’s not the same as it was the first couple of years, although some days, even now and out of nowhere, the hurt is just as bad. I finally came to the realization a few years back that I will never really get over it. But the good news is that I still feel my dad around me…with me…and my memories of him are as beautiful and powerful as was our relationship.

I wrote a song about that not long ago called, “Through My Veins.” But the first song I wrote about my dad after his passing was this one from “Days In Avalon.” For reasons still unrevealed to my own psyche, it’s a country song. I had the great honor of having one of the most exquisitely gorgeous voices on earth, Alison Krauss, sing background vocals on it with me.

I wanted to posted it again today, for my dad, Straight From My Heart.

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there.


  1. Susan Hood
    June 17, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts of your dad with all of us. He obviously raised you to know what is most important in life, family, and I am sure he is looking down on you with pride today. Thank you too, for something maybe you aren’t even aware of and that is the ability to comfort others with your music. I had the pleasure of attending your St. Charles, IL concert last summer and I had lost my dad a few months before that. You told a story about your dad & what he meant to you and then you sang “Through My Veins”. It was such a turning point for me & it helped me come to terms with his death. It was like a calm finally came over me and I thank you so much for that. You have no idea what it did for me. Happy Father’s Day, Richard.

  2. moataz
    June 17, 2012

    this is my favorite song of all times …

    if i could i would gladly trade a thousand tomorrows for one yesterday … what a masterpiece

  3. June 17, 2012

    Thank You for sharing the story of your father both in your blog post and your song. I bought “Days in Avalon” when it came out and “Straight From My Heart” was my favorite song on the album. I never realized the emotional connection to you Father until I read your post today. I have always enjoyed your songwriting and as a songwriter myself I would consider your work among the few that have inspired me over the years. I hope your Father’s Day is an awesome one!

    Best Wishes,

    Joe Karl

  4. Jo
    June 17, 2012

    My cousin died in a car accident in 2003 at 40. One month later, for Christmas, I gave my aunt Days in Avalon. I told her it was specifically for Straight from My Heart, but the album as a whole reminded me of someone’s vision of Heaven. Until the moment she passed away less than two months ago, that CD remained in her stereo. I also read the lyrics at a Christmas Memorial honoring those of us who have lost children. Through My Veins will forever remind me of my cousin (and now his parents) who have left a permanant mark in my heart. So, thank you and your amazing father for helping others heal through the music he inspired. Happy Father’s Day to both of you (along with my cousin and his dad, who are spending it together for the first time in almost 9 years)

    • November 21, 2012

      This is absolutely gouoegrs, you capture emotion so well and so beautifully, you almost want to cry looking at this photo and i don’t even know them. This is one of the many reasons why you are my choice and i can’t wait for June

  5. Kelli Forbes
    June 17, 2012

    That is a lovely tribute to your father, Richard. I love that you still feel him with you. What a blessing.

    Take care,


  6. Luanne Thulstrup
    June 17, 2012

    This song almost always makes me cry. The fact that Alison sings it with you is such a blessing. A truly beautiful song, such kindred spirits. Your dad was the best!! Thanks for this post, Richard.

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  8. Sue McDermott
    June 17, 2012

    Bless you Richard. I know how you feel I lost my Dad to cancer on Friday 13th August 1999. I also lost my Mum this year on 27th April. I take comfort in knowing they are now together. I know they are always with me. I wish you a Blessed and Happy Fathers Day. <3 xxxx

  9. Brian Stevens
    June 17, 2012

    Words and songs that mean a lot to me. I lost my father 4 years ago to cancer and like you I still have days when it hurts like hell. Thanks Richard.

  10. gailinfl
    June 17, 2012

    beautiful….a wonderful tribute…your Dad would be proud

  11. Glenda. Duvall
    June 17, 2012

    Beautifully said !!
    Your father I’m sure is very proud of you for the man you have become.
    Happy fathers day Richard

  12. Tracy
    June 17, 2012

    I’ve barely recovered from discovering “Through My Veins” recently on your new PBA concert. Now, following you on FB, I just discovered this song. Thank you for expressing for all of us the feelings we share in longing for our lost parents or loved ones. Bless you and your family. I know your Dad is with you alway and so proud.

  13. Debbie Wells
    June 17, 2012

    Your Father sounds like he was a great man, father and influence on your life. And you can be sure that he’s looking down at you from Heaven very proud of what you have become and accomplished with your own family. That’s one of the reasons you are my favorite singer…you have never put your career before your family. You proved that when you took time away from the spotlight when your boys were small so that you would not miss their childhood. To me, that’s a sign of a true Father…not the fame, recognition or whatever goes with stardom. Happy Father’s Day, Mr. Richard Marx…you are one of the best.

  14. Kare
    June 17, 2012

    (((((Richard))))), what a wonderful tribute to your father. I could have written something similar about my mother, also my best friend. She passed at age 70 seven years ago due to congestive heart failure coupled with kidney disease and colon cancer. Too young, and she wasn’t ready to go, but she visits me in my dreams and I feel her close in my heart, as I’m sure your dad is close in yours.
    Looking forward to seeing your concert in July here in Michigan. Knowing the background to a song makes it that much more meaningful and touches so many other hearts.

  15. June 18, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! My Dad died when I was 4 years old in 1981. He was 39 at the time. I can’t believe it’s been 31 years since he has been gone. I’m 35 now. As the years go by and as I get older, I often think to myself: “What was he (my Dad) like at this age?”.

    I’m a Dad to 2 boys–a 6 1/2 year old and a 4 year old. It’s my goal to be the type of Dad to them that my Dad couldn’t be to me. I strive to be more Christ-like, more patient and more fun! I want my sons’ childhood to be full of good things and happy memories.

    Happy Father’s Day Richard and to all Dads out there! And my sympathies to missing your Dad. Please know I will keep you in my prayers! And thanks for all the many years you have provided us with great music! I look forward to your future endeavors!

    BTW, I do hope you re-release your album “Sundown”. I would love to purchase a copy!

  16. June 18, 2012

    The song is awesome and you are so blessed to have had such a great relationship with your father.

    thanks for sharing,

  17. Di
    June 18, 2012

    What a beautiful tribute to your dad. Some of us didn’t have good father’s and it always amazes me to hear stories of what a good father is. I rely on my heavenly father b/c he is always there when I need him. I was just listening to Days in Avalon. It a Beautiful Album you should be very proud. My mother and Grandmother passed and strait from the heart is something I can sing and look to them up above. I am sure your dad is even more proud of you today. Thank you for sharing you memories and thoughts about him. I wish you all the love your dad still gives you from above.

  18. Jeff
    June 18, 2012

    This song has meant a great deal to me as I come to terms with the loss of both parents in the past two years. I grew up listening to my parent’s music, Simon and Garfunkel, Gershwin, etc. Straight from my Heart and Through my Veins somehow tell the story of my own memories and pain in this same tradition, while being your personal story. Thank you for sharing that gift with us.

  19. nikoletta hinopoulou
    June 18, 2012

    listening to your songs is always an experience that we find something to relate to.love,loss,pain,strength.but through that we become stronger cause we deal with the pain and it gets better slowly.you helped me that way with “straight from my heart”.
    thank you

  20. Brian Medoro
    June 19, 2012

    Oh Richard I never knew that about losing your Dad to an accident. That is so painful. What a terrific tribute you made to your father both with this story and with your music, that you somehow were able to still create, so magically. I have lost both of my parents and it is still too gut wrenching for me to comprehend. I miss them every single day. Clearly your father is smiling down on you. He has to be the proudest Dad in heaven. You are kind to your fans, create the most incredible music on the globe and the picture of you with your kids around you is evident that you are your kids great hero. We fans may not have the privilege to know you personally but we do love you and what you do.

  21. Steph
    June 19, 2012

    I will never listen to this song in the same way again. I had no idea that your father was the reason for this song. As always you have found and projected that wonderful gift of putting emotions to lyrics, as well as your posts. So often we hear of those that don’t realize the loss until it’s too late. Obviously that wasn’t the case with you. I’ve always been so touched at your concerts whenever you speak of your father and we all leave feeling as though we knew him. I’m sure that the pride you feel for him was just as strong as his for you.

    I hope that you had a wonderful and blessed Father’s Day.

  22. j suppatkul
    June 19, 2012

    Richard, Thank you for sharing – your songs continue to be a guilty pleasure for me. I truly enjoyed your show a couple of months back that my wife surprised me with to your show in Houston at the ‘Arena theater’. I hope you continued success, Thank you again.

  23. pamela lamb
    June 19, 2012

    Such a wonderful tribute to your father Richard. It brought tears to my eyes. I am certain your sons see you the same way you saw your Dad. It is the first time I have heard “Straight From My Heart”. What a beautiful song.

    Thank you!

  24. Tammy Keech
    June 20, 2012

    This song is bittersweet for me. I love it but I have not been able to listen to it since my dad passed in 2002. We actually played this song during his funeral service and so many people asked the name of the song and who the artist was.

    Richard, you have so much emotion in your voice when you sing this song, I don’t know how you were able to keep it together while performing it live.
    It is a wonderful tribute to your dad and a great song. He would be proud.

  25. Ben
    June 20, 2012

    see Richard,

    thats why I like sticking to you after all these years.

    Your music always sounds familiar and newly at the same time – probably just but because it’s so genuine.

    Not sure if you read this stuff, so what, you inspire me.


  26. Ben
    June 20, 2012

    see Richard,

    thats why I like sticking to you after all these years.

    Your music always sounds familiar and newly at the same time – probably just because it’s so genuine.

    Not sure if you read this stuff, so what, you inspire me.


  27. Kathy Jones
    June 21, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE this song!!! What a blessing your father was to you, just as you are to your boys. And, your music inspires so many:)

  28. John Marshall
    June 22, 2012

    Wonderful thoughts, Richard, and God bless you and your father up in Heaven. I know he looks down on you with great pride and love.

    John Marshall
    Newport News, Va.

  29. Terri Haines
    June 25, 2012

    Beautiful. ‘Nuff said :-)

  30. July 6, 2012

    When I first heard this song I knew you had written it about your father. I didn’t need to read or hear you say it. I knew it was for him, your feeling for him. I also remember that when I first heard it, it was shortly after I had heard the news about Jonathon Young (aka Nickola Tesla on Sanctuary). How at a Christmas family get together he lost his daughter, niece, & nephew in a house fire, how they had to pull him back as he burnt his hands trying to get into the house to save them. A friend of his daughter had posted the news on facebook, I told her that I dedicated this song to him, that it may bring him solace in the face of such loss and tragedy. I hope he did listen and that it did bring him some measure of solace. Just letting you know another story about how much this song has impacted so many peoples lives including mine.

    I know your father is watching over you. I sometimes feel the spirit of my first bunny Ladie. I sometimes almost reach out to pet her only to remember she isn’t really their physically, but that’s how strongly I feel her spirit sometimes.

    Hope you had a wonderful Fathers Day.


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