I flew to Nashville yesterday and attended the funeral of a giant, in our world of music ... a dear friend and one of my greatest heroes and champions, Frances Williams Preston.  A brilliant light and powerhouse in the music industry. BMI's long time leader and fierce advocate for songwriters. A woman who was not only an example and inspiration to all women but someone who left a profound impact on every man and woman who worked for her and BMI. I loved her and so treasured my long friendship with her.   My heart, my love, and my support goes out to her wonderful family. Vince Gill spoke and said, 'Frances was a powerful woman. And power doesn't look good on most people, but Frances was kind.'  And immediately everyone was in tears. MB forever grateful to Frances Preston.  These are just a few of our very fond memories together...


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Comment by Louise Taylor on July 24, 2012 at 9:03pm

I know i'm late with my comments because i just restarted following again but those are sweet words you said about her! I'm sure her spirit is pleased and Frances looks proud to stand beside you! You were a light of honor to her as she you! Much Love!!! - Spirited, Louise T.

Comment by Suzanne Scheiner on June 22, 2012 at 4:27am

Wow, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this great person, that you held is such high regard...

May her soul shine down upon you always, and to those dearest to her..

I have to say you are so fortunate as well to have such devoted, caring and empathic fans!!

Love, SS

Comment by Brigitte G. on June 21, 2012 at 5:18pm

.......... Love and gratitude, admiration and respect are forever ...........

Do not stay at my grave and weep / I am not there / I do not sleep / I am a thousand winds that blow / I am a diamond glints on snow / I am the sun on ripened grain / I am the gentle autumn rain / When you awaken in the morning's hush / I am the swift uplifting rush / Of quiet birds in circling flight / I am the soft star-shine at night / Do not stay at my grave and cry / I am not there / I did not die ........... (from the Navajos)


Comment by Jennifer Steadman on June 21, 2012 at 12:43pm

Saying good bye to those who have been huge positive influences in our lives is always really hard. 

Thank you for sharing your private thoughts with us all. 

Jennifer X

Comment by Sheroda Hutchinson on June 20, 2012 at 10:28am

Dear Michael. So sorry to hear about you dear friend Frances. Here is a small poem that I hope will bring some comfort to everyone who knew her in this sad time.

Gone But Not Forgotten

by Cecilia M. Kocher

The years we've shared have been full of joy.
The memories we've made will go on and on.
I haven't stopped crying since you went away,
and I've asked God time and time why couldn't you stay.
You lit up my life, my hopes, and my dreams.
You've opened my eyes to see what it all means.
So now that you're gone how can I forget;
Because you were the greatest out of all I have met.



Comment by meggy on June 20, 2012 at 7:09am

Sorry for your loss, once a friend, always a friend, I'm sure she Loved you right back:)! Keep those happy memories, and never will she be far from your heart!!!

Mary (Meg's mom)!

Comment by Kathy Rosario on June 20, 2012 at 12:12am

So sorry to hear your loss of a good friend. She sounds like an honorable and remarkable woman who will be missed by you and her family and friends. Thanks for sharing the photos...they are beautiful :)))

Kathy and LAFD Bob

Comment by Dianna Shipman on June 19, 2012 at 11:27pm

I can feel you have been proud to know and love this lady.

They say a picture paints a thousand words and I can see by just these pictures how much you cared for this lady.

You hold the memories in your heart and you know she will never be forgotten.

So sorry for the loss of your friend Frances Williams Preston and I send prayers to her loved ones.

Love Dianna xxx

Comment by Cara Michelle Bridges on June 19, 2012 at 11:05pm


                                                                                                WITH LOVE,


Comment by sylvia doughty on June 19, 2012 at 10:04pm

As I said on FB treasure your memories with her Michael and thanks for sharing your photos !!    Take care !! :)


Sylvia.   Your wee Scottish friend.


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