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This song was written about and is dedicated to Chris Brinkman who died of a heroin overdose in 1997.


Haunted is what

Haunted is what
When the words
Offered themselves
Came up
Like a jumping fish
Eager to get caught
In the violent waters of words
That I angled through
Trailing my net for a word
To match the look in
All of our eyes

And lately when I search
For the source of our sorrow
I realize
Obeying all the laws of freedom
And the rule of the Supreme Law
of Love
Means letting you go
Forgiving ourselves and you
And moving on
Haunted is what came up

Haunted by the way you left us
Haunted by the way it plagues us
Haunted that we couldn’t save you
Haunted by the songs you played for us
And that we now play for you
But in the end
Haunted by the love that is still
The gift you gave us

And lately when I reach through the deep
Looking for our sorrow
I see with surprise
The waters are barren
Never a flash of scale or fin
But still
Of game unspoken
And so our crafts move on
This channel is at peace
And other waters are stirring

So lately what we choose to do
Now and tomorrow
Is simply remember your angel smile
And the rule of the Supreme Law of
And so our crafts are moving on

Just before sun-up
Just before sun-up


from Shimmer (Los Angeles 1994​-​2003), released December 31, 1999
Diana vocals and lyrics
Chase Harlan guitar
Jake Rivera bass guitar




Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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