On May 21st I wrote about my friend Allan Goodman.
Of course I wish with all of my heart that I hadn’t written about Allan, because it would mean that he’d still be out there smiling and laughing and hugging people and making music.
The point of what I was trying to say in my remembrance of Allan is pretty simple: Allan went against what society in general tells all of us to do– the whole ‘get a safe job with a nice salary and some benefits and put a little money away’ thing– and instead chased his dreams and followed his passion. And, because of that, Allan’s soul, spirit, ideas, thoughts, words, and melodies get to live forever– much, much longer than his salary or benefits or nest egg would have. I’m biased, but I think Allan made the right decision every step of the way.
And you can give someone else the chance to discover their own path as well.
Allan’s family, friends, and old classmates in California have established the Allan Goodman Memorial Fund. Contributions to this fund will be used to enhance, develop, and continue the music program by way of the Instrument Acquisition Initiative at Allan’s alma mater, Katella High School.
I can’t think of a more fitting way for my friend to be remembered. He cared so much about the people around him– he cared so much about his friends and his family.
He cared so much about music.
Thanks to this fund others will be able to discover what a truly life-affirming gift musical ability can be.
You can follow the link to read the entire article above, and should you feel moved to do so, you can send your donation to:
Katella High School Marching Band
Allan Goodman Memorial Fund
2200 E. Wagner Ave.
Anaheim, Ca. 92806