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Congratulations: A tribute to Mac

September 6, 2019

Celebrating the life of Mac Miller. In the following piece, Wellington artist Dean Gibson pays tribute to Mac Miller with a heartfelt rendition of Congratulations, as well as speaking on how Mac had an influence on his own songwriting.

Dean Gibson: Remembering Mac one year after his passing.

During this time last year, I remember the first thing my coworker said to me as I was about to clock into my shift: “Bro, Mac died.” I didn’t know what he meant at first, but as he explained everything to me, my heart sank right down to the bottom. Needless to say, I didn’t have a good day at work.

I’m a huge Mac Miller fan. I’ve always found his music therapeutic in many instances. No matter what kind of a day I was having or how I was feeling, I could always put on one of his songs to listen to. I remember hearing “100 Grandkids” for the first time in 2016 and absolutely digging it. Luckily for me, that was the same year that Miller dropped The Divine Feminine, which is hands down one of my favorite albums.

The reason Mac’s music resonated with me is because it felt like he was sharing his personal thoughts like a conversation. Listening to him recite, regardless of what it’s about, is like hearing a story for the first time and getting absolutely hooked on it. Everything he had to say, from his years as a frat boy, to his bouts of depression and struggle with substance abuse, I listened word for word. The way he recites his story and his use of words and phrasing were monumental.

One thing is for sure, listening to Mac gave me encouragement to accept what has happened before me, as well as what may happen in the future. His words of wisdom came from how he reflected upon himself, as well as demonstrating that what happens in the past can be the why-factor to become a better person. Through the power of his music, from his early days right down to his last album Swimming, he displayed that self-evaluating is part of the human condition. He taught me how to grow up.

I can guarantee that I’m not the only person who thought Mac was an amazing artist, as well as a beautiful human being. His music has left an everlasting imprint to his followers that he has left behind. His legacy lives on.

Check out Dean Gibson’s cover of Congratulations below;

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