My Students, I have had my blog for a couple years now. I have opened our family, our lives and sometimes a lesson for you. Thanks to the many of you (30,000- 45,0000 a month!!) who encourage me to continue. Yes, there are some big secrets I have not let out; somethings so dark and mystical, I am not sure what some of you will say. There is also another reason for my blog... to teach my children their history, what they did and why they are who they are. They were all young when their Pops was in Sepultura, when their brother was alive, when Igor didn't have diabetes stalking him. They would never know. Mom was in a concentration camp and sat in on the Nurnberg Trials. What I would give to read a couple of her blogs!! Dana has lived through the songs of Max, through the people who knew him. Because of you, Dana Lives!!
When I leave on tour, for example this run, which is nearly 7 weeks duration, I choose all the photos for the upcoming blogs, so all I have to do is type the text on tour. I found some cool photos of Dana, that I wanted to share with you. Dana had a rich life due to the fact he loved 3 things... music, family and the sweet Mary Jane. He had simple tastes, and never asked for things that cost a lot of money or even for money. He lived around his family; he was saturated in music and he puffed the magic dragon. From a very early age, I knew he was different than most kids. He always hung out with me. Now, teenagers don't really do this, but besides being a loving son, he knew that I would have music or musicians within an arm's throw, every second of our waking hour.
When Paul Booth came to our house to give Max his eyeballs, Dana leapt at the opportunity to get a shrunken head on his forearm. A short time later, Kevin Estrada came to Phoenix for a photo shoot and Dana got some individual shots done. I am sure many of you have seen our family photo. It is the only official family photo we ever took. When I looked at it a couple weeks ago, I realized I only had 7 children for one year. It's a fact.
Brazil was Dana's beloved vacation destination. He loved his Grandmother, his Uncle Iggor was his hero and his love of reptiles and birds exploded there. Andreas was his puffing partner, and the world was a dream. Andreas and Patricia's wedding gave our family the opportunity to travel throughout Brazil on a 3 week vacation. It was the trip of a lifetime! We visited the Amazon and stayed in huts with no electricity. We visited Rio, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Manaus and ended in Sao Paulo at one of the fanciest weddings I have ever been to this very day!
Dana had his video camera out always, like in the Nailbomb days. His videos are all safe in a box, waiting for Zyon to discover them one far off day. Can you imagine after he left us, I found his will?? He made it when he was 20 and glued it in his journal. The top said "In case I die in a wreck or something.." Premonition.