It happened on a Sunday at the end of June. I remember the exact date, June 30th because it was Shaun’s birthday. Shaun is – (or should that be was? Does it go from present to past tense when someone dies, like my brother Shaun did in the month of his birth in 2012?) – a Cancerian.There was a part of Shaun, the biggest part I think, that belonged in Europe: in an ancient chateau in France or an old castle in Germany where it was normal to be found playing the piano at dawn or late into the evening, or at teatime… Bach’s prelude and fugue in C Sharp Minor; Franz Liszt’s Consolation in D Flat Major… Europe. Old Europe: the birthplace of classical music; home to the musical greats. If I had been asked to put money on it, that’s where I’d have thought Shaun would have ended up.  But it was not to be. The American West Coast became his home. The part of Shaun that reflected a California fit was the “looking for fame” bit. We’ve all heard about people from around the world ending up in Ca...

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