MU­SIC WITH MEAN­ING

Sum­mer­side man ded­i­cat­ing fes­ti­val per­for­mance to late girl­friend

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MILLICENT MCKAY millicent.mckay@jour­nalpioneer.com

Sum­mer­side man ded­i­cat­ing fes­ti­val per­for­mance to late girl­friend

Lo­gan Mad­dix has been per­form­ing orig­i­nal songs for years. But his songs at this year’s Chau­tauqua fes­ti­val in Sum­mer­side will have a whole other mean­ing: a trib­ute to his late girl­friend, Lisa Roger­son.

“In­stead of songs I’ve writ­ten over the years, it will be songs and mu­sic I’ve writ­ten over the past few months from my time with Lisa.”

Mad­dix met Roger­son in Jan­uary at a cof­fee house at the Uni­ver­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

For six months, they were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“Ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment I had with her were the best mo­ments of my life.”

Roger­son also had a strong im­pact on Mad­dix’s song­writ­ing.

“When I started writ­ing mu­sic, I never thought of my­self in the sit­u­a­tion the song was about. I would just imag­ine sto­ries. But be­cause of her, it was a dif­fer­ent process and feel­ing. I put lit­tle mes­sages about us in my songs.”

Roger­son died on July 15 af­ter her kid­ney and liver failed due to Stage 4 lym­phoma.

For months, off and on, Roger­son was sick. At one point she was di­ag­nosed with mononu­cle­o­sis. But one night, the symp­toms be­came pro­gres­sively worse, lead­ing her fam­ily to take her to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal emer­gency room on June 18.

On June 20, their six-month an­niver­sary, Mad­dix got his chance to see Roger­son.

“I held her hand and just looked at her. She had been se­dated af­ter she was ad­mit­ted, but that didn’t mat­ter. I talked to her as well and told her I loved her. We said that to each other a lot.”

That was the last time Mad­dix saw her.

“In a lot of ways I’m grate­ful for that. It gave me the chance to re­mem­ber her as she was be­fore.”

Roger­son was taken to the IWK af­ter dial­y­sis treat­ments were un­suc­cess­ful at Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal.

Each night, Roger­son’s mother, Alice, would tell her daugh­ter that Mad­dix loved her and would play their song.

One day, be­fore Roger­son went to the hospi­tal, she and Mad­dix were driv­ing to Sum­mer­side, when the City and Colour song, “The Girl”, came on.

Mad­dix looked over to the pas­sen­ger seat where Roger­son sat.

“Lisa,” he said.

She turned her head and looked at him.

“This is our song.”

It was the big­gest smile he had ever seen.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble mo­ment. From there on, it was ours. The only other time I’ve seen a smile like that was when we went to Is­land Hill Farm be­fore she was sick.”

Mad­dix says he has re­grets but chooses not to dwell on them.

“I know it sounds cliché and peo­ple might not think it’s pos­si­ble at 19 years old, but I loved her and thought of her as the per­son I was go­ing to spend the rest of my life with. I never thought my­self ca­pa­ble of lov­ing. But that changed when I found her.”

Now Mad­dix is de­ter­mined to ful­fil the things he and Roger­son wanted to do with to­gether.

“Af­ter this per­for­mance, I’m tak­ing two weeks in Au­gust to travel. It was some­thing we were go­ing to do. We didn’t know where we were go­ing to go, we were just go­ing to drive and that’s what I’m go­ing to do.

“I’m thank­ful I got to love some­one who was so lov­ing.”

Mad­dix will per­form on Fri­day, July 28, at 4 p.m. in the Chau­tauqua tent that will be set up on the Wy­att Her­itage grounds in the cen­tre of Sum­mer­side.

For a full sched­ule of the fes­ti­val, go to http://wy­atther­itage­prop­er­tiesinc.com/.

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Lo­gan Mad­dix is shown with a cup of Lon­don Fog, which was the favourite drink of his late girl­friend, Lisa Roger­son. Mad­dix is ded­i­cat­ing his up­com­ing Chau­tauqua per­for­mance to Roger­son who died on Satur­day.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Lo­gan Mad­dix, left, and Lisa Roger­son are shown at Is­land Hill Farm.

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