Rock great’s spirit al­ways with me

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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.”

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