Maynard James Keenan Regrets Not Contacting Low’s Mimi Parker Before Passing
Low’s Alan Sparhawk gave the fans the heartbreaking news regarding the band’s drummer and his wife, Mimi Parker’s death on Sunday. This news devastated the rock and roll scene, including many prominent names. The passing of the drummer also crushed Maynard James Keenan, and he penned an open letter, which he shared on his Instagram account.
“This is crushing news from Alan, Low,” said Maynard James Keenan at the beginning of his dedicated post. “Although I’ve never met them, Mimi and Alan have been a huge influence on my writing approach with regard to pace, space, and harmony. A few years ago, right after Bowie, Lemmy, and Alan Rickman died, I began writing letters, 12 at a time, to strangers who have had a huge influence on me.”
He continued, “This was in reaction to the outpouring of love I was reading that these dead artists would never hear. I chose to write and send those words of appreciation, along with some wine and gifts to my guides while they could still read them. Mimi and Alan were on that next round of 12 letters and had been for about six months. And I f*cking waited too long. I was literally going to ask the management to track down a good address for them this weekend. I had no idea she was sick.”
Speaking on the regret he felt about not reaching out sooner, MJK said, “This puts an added sting on my procrastination. The song I was listening to on loop yesterday was ‘Congregation.’ My point, I suppose, is ‘Do Not Wait. Life Is Too Short. Say the Words. Send the Letter. Make the Call.’ Also, do yourself a favor and dig deep into the Low catalog. ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ is a good place to start. Alan, Puscifer will be dedicating ‘Horizons’ and ‘A Singularity’ to Mimi in the next few days while we play our way through Canada. So sorry for your loss.”
Keenan had started expressing his love through letters to his living idols after the death of David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, and Alan Rickman. He aimed to continue this habit and reach out to Mimi and Alan, but Mimi’s death got to her before his letters could. Mimi Parker had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as announced on December 2020, and she saddened many with her passing.
MJK had no idea she was sick. He regretted procrastinating and made sure his fans knew that life is too short not to do what you’re supposed to do on time. His grief made him question himself. However, it seems like he will make up for it by urging people to listen to Low and dedicate his band Puscifer’s performances to the icon that passed away.