“Love is indeed the most important thing,” Sparhawk said when announcing that his wife and bandmate had died of ovarian cancer on November 6, aged 55. The two met as children in elementary school and, as teenagers, began their lifelong relationship together. They developed their own common language while learning to navigate the world, from holding pencils to instruments to children. “I’ve slept next to you now for what seems like a thousand years,” Parker and Sparhawk sang in unison last year.Don’t walk away.” The thought of singing to her without her, a beautiful constant suddenly silenced, is heartbreaking.
But Parker and his eternally comforting presence will be available to all in dreams, perhaps the most useful place to be nurtured: a metamorphosed world of vulnerability, imagination and nostalgia. On the years 2002 “The The Song“, Sparhawk praised his silent presence before it became a reality. “All these years you spoke without breathing,” he sang. “So when you return from your death-defying labors / I I will always be in love with you.”
What gave Parker an immediate hold on listeners was his singular voice. Technically speaking, she was a seasoned singer, optimizing breath controlin harmony with contrasting volumesand employing a subtle trill. She sang softly, yet her voice still carried far, catching attention even in the most crowded rooms. It was confident and knowing, as if relaying a message from an empty place, certain that others needed to hear it too. Parker sang with such constant self-control that when she chose to sing, relatively speaking, on songs like “star fire,” “Hatchet,” and “days like these“, the enthusiasm of his strength could blow your mind.
Parker offered a sense of comfort throughout Low’s catalog no matter what topics were explored. The height of his voice and the smoothness of his drumming make you feel held. It’s not quite maternal, even though she was a mother of two and admired by his peers for embracing motherhood without sacrificing her career. It’s wider than that. Perhaps Parker’s overall ability to comfort is best compared to the warm blanket feeling of an overnight best friend; they are not there to protect you, per se, but in their presence, everything is fine.