**50% of the proceeds go directly to the Bissing Family Relief Fund**
I have been friends with the Medal/Bissing family for many years. Our lives have been somewhat entwined as we grew up in the same town, went to school together, were involved in after-school-extra-curricular activities, and are members of the same church. They've been especially supportive of me and my music and have attended more of my shows than anyone I know, except for my own mom and dad.
This past May my friend, Melissa Bissing, tragically lost her son, Owen. He was only 6.5 months old. I sang at the funeral and was a first hand witness of the strength of the entire family.
Little warrior, of Sussex, was born on Nov. 10, 2010, in Waukesha, and passed away in the arms of family and friends on May 26, 2011, at Children's Hospital. He was son to Doug and Melissa Bissing, triplet brother to Weston and Logan, and little brother to Jaden. Grandson to Linda and George Medal and Pamela and David Bissing. Nephew to Rachael Medal, Jake Medal, Sherri Bissing and Eric Bissing. Great-grandson to Alice Vanden Langenberg and Lois Bissing. Great-nephew to Darleen and Ernie Tarmann.
During his short stay on Earth, Owen was a lover. His laid-back personality and smile brought joy to many. His last days were filled with warmth, family and friends. He ended his earthly journey but will live on in others. Owen's last battle gave his heart, liver and kidneys as a final offering. Owen will be missed by so many, but his story lives on.
I wrote "Owen's Song" and especially dedicate it to the Bissings and Medals. I also hope that everyone who has experienced loss can find hope and peace in the music and lyrics.
I encourage you to please download the song as it is a fundraiser for the Bissing Family Relief Fund. If you haven't had the opportunity to read Melissa's blog, I encourage you to do so. It is some of the most sincere and honest writing I've read. Go to bissingfamily.com
released November 3, 2011
Music and Lyrics By: Tony Memmel
All Parts Performed By: Tony Memmel
Recorded By: Tony Memmel in Wauwatosa, WI
Mixed, and Mastered By: Tony Memmel in Wauwatosa, WI