Today marks a year since author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died. I miss him.

It’s amazing that someone you’ve never met can have such an impact on your life.

His words encouraged and helped me through the process of becoming a critical thinker (or at least beginning to be) and to become involved in secular activism. I know he has helped many others. He is an incredible example of having the courage to stand up and for what one believes, even with a very unpopular opinion. It’s lovely that his words will live on through countless videos, articles and books. Still the world is a dimmer place without his inimitabe style, seemingly endless knowledge, wit and chutzpah :) Even during his illness he remained an inspiration,

He had a fierce intellect to which my words can’t do justice. The best I can do is the song I wrote for him from ‘An Atheist Album.’ Some of the ideas and perpectives I heard from Hitchens inspired me to paint this picture of human meaning and purpose, in the face of a purposeless existence in an uncaring universe. He pushed this idea even further with his moving example of dignity and strength in the face of inescapable mortality.

Apocalyptic Love Song (Live and Recorded)