Spiegel: On a brilliant soul, a beautiful creative voice and the loss we feel in Lin Brehmer

Lin Brehmer, left, and the Spiegel family enjoy a Cubs game together.
Lin Brehmer, left, and the Spiegel family enjoy a Cubs game together. Photo credit Matt Spiegel/670 The Score

(670 The Score) I keep texting and talking to people about Lin Brehmer, trying to process the magnitude of the loss, searching for connection on so many levels. Comedically, musically, creatively, professionally, passionately and spiritually — I am wanting. But he’s of course whom we want to reach. What an amazing, beautiful, brilliant soul.

Lin was there for the founding and growth of Tributosaurus. For WXRT, we collaborated on dozens of parody songs, played double-digit gigs with him as emcee and were house band for many home openers in Wrigleyville. My voice on our Cubs pregame song bridges the gap from Lin to Pat Hughes, a confluence I'm humbled by every time I hear it.

His son took guitar lessons from my brother. We played poker and drank bourbon. He gave his Cubs tickets to my family more times than I can remember. He texted me about baseball happenings that mattered. He was an avid, usually snakebitten fantasy baseball GM in our league. Those nine-hour drafts on a Saturday at Fitzgerald’s were annual, phenomenal days. Thank you for hosting us, Bill and Kate.

My heart goes out to the amazing Sara and the wonderful Wilson. Lin was always so sweet and considerate of Sara, and he was always so proud and excited for Wilson’s exploration of life. I’m so sorry for innumerable close friends and colleagues who loved him. And for all of you, for all of us, for having lost his voice. He made life a lot better.

Rest, Lin. Or if the afterlife is active, then please pitch six innings of shutout ball, sing the harmonies on “It Makes No Difference” at the top of your lungs and talk to absolutely everyone. Please eat the best burger of your life at 2 a.m., with a listener you met four hours before. You’re buying, as always.

I love you.

Matt Spiegel is the co-host of the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score from 2-6 p.m. weekdays. Follow him on Twitter @MattSpiegel670

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