Rock great’s spirit always with me
SOON after Aussie rock great Jim Keays died in 2014, his widow, Karin, decided to clean up the backyard.
It was a sad, reflective process. She stopped for a moment to gaze at the sunset, as she does most days, and saw something small flutter towards her.
At first she thought it was a bird but as it got closer she realised it was a feather.
“It was a particularly beautiful feather and it wafted straight into my hands,” Karin says.
“I found it very comforting and have actually kept it in a box. I look at it often.”
She doesn’t believe in coincidence either when one of “their” songs comes on the radio during a low mood or when she has big decisions to make. It is often Led Zeppelin’s Rock ’n’ Roll, which Keays used to cover and she used to love hearing him sing.
Dreams are the other method of contact. She says the spirit of her husband – frontman for the ’60s Adelaide band Masters Apprentices – visits her as she sleeps.
“Most of the time I don’t remember my dreams but sometimes I feel like I have been visited because it’s so real and I don’t want to leave it behind,” she says.
“It’s not unpleasant. It’s like he just comes into the house and sits there with a message of love or guidance.
“I always used to forget our first-meeting anniversary but he never did and would always buy me some roses or acknowledge it in some way so I believe that there is a synchronicity.”