i am in shock. it doesn't make sense. it doesn't seem real.. when i first met simone i remember feeling like we'd already been friends for a long time, she had that kind of charming personality and welcoming spirit. she got so excited when i played piano. there weren't enough songs for her to ask me to play so she could sing along. her love and passion for music was undeniable and her enthusiasm was infectious. one of my favorite memories was at emm's birthday, me and simone sat in the corner just the two of us, her on ukulele and me on guitar, and we played through 'ugly heart' at least 10 times in a row. she was excited the song was just about to be released and i felt lucky to be playing it with her before she would go on to perform it around the world.
it was just a few days ago that we hung out and took this picture at the made in america festival. it was so crowded and phone service wasn't great, so as we split up with plans to reconnect later i remember thinking "there's no way i'm seeing her again" i had no idea how true those words would be, that it would be my last time seeing her ever.
simone i'm thankful for all of our jam sessions and will cherish the music that we were able to create together. you had so much more music to share with the world, i wish we could hear it.. #RIPSimoneBattle