by Howard Portnoy
I don’t know Chris Picco personally, but his capacity for coping with the overwhelming tragedies of his recent life bespeaks an uncommon level of courage and love. One of those events were burying his 30-year-old wife Ashley, who died Nov. 8 after an emergency C-section to save their unborn son. Another was summoning the strength to honor Ashley’s last request — that Chris sing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to their 24-week-old newborn son, Lennon James, who died the day after his father’s tender serenade.
The text accompanying a now-viral YouTube video of the father’s love song to his dying son explains the relevance:
During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life.
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