Refrain: Spirit moves her
March 13, 2008
most of her life, Kathy Cochran's only musical talent was turning on a
She couldn't sing or play a musical instrument, and she never could
of writing a song, since she doesn't read music.
All that changed with a dream.
that, the music started rolling out. Now there's a song, a CD and even
a movie based on her story. Cochran says it's all a gift -- from her
song that changed Cochran's life was the fifth she received. And along
music, she said, came knowledge.
"Just as I knew the sun would rise in the morning, I knew the song
be brought to life and would be heard around the world," she said.
"And just as this song allowed me the use of senses I never knew
it allowed me a glimpse of understanding how life and love continue to
story of the song starts one morning in January 2005, when the Longwood
woke up and told her husband, Mark, she had dreamed about his twin
Craig. That was almost a year to the day after Craig Cochran was killed
crash with a train. To her amazement, her husband told her he also had
that night about his brother.
Soon after, melodies began awakening Cochran in the middle of the
remembers getting out of bed about 2 a.m. and yelling at her husband to
down the volume on the television.
"I could hear everything, from the beating of the drums to the playing
violins, right down to a male performing vocals," she said.
The TV wasn't on.
couldn't ignore the music that was coming to her, so she started
the words and singing the words and melodies into a tape recorder.
"Each song was a different genre of music," she said. There was rock,
country, a dance song and -- the strangest of all -- rap.
"Mark and I joked that Craig was giving me those songs because he was
much into music when he was alive," she said.
"But when the fifth song came, there was something different about
it," she said. "It was like I was hit by extremely strong emotions.
"I knew the song would be recorded. I knew the song was coming from a
higher place, a higher power. I became obsessed."
Just thinking about the song -- "Until We're Together Again" -- would
bring tears to her eyes.
"I couldn't focus on anything else for the next four months. The melody
came, the words came and extreme emotion accompanied it all. I would
from a sound sleep in the wee hours of the morning, tears streaming
face, because I could feel what was being conveyed."
began telling friends and relatives about the song. "I had a lot of
make fun of me," she recalled.
But that didn't deter the 35-year-old sales worker. She forged ahead
to record the song, dipping into her retirement account to fund the
Along the way, she learned of Bill and Judy Guggenheim, authors of
Heaven, a book about "after-death communication." She placed a call
to the couple, who also live in Longwood.
It didn't take Bill Guggenheim long to accept Cochran's sincerity. He
convinced her song is a message from beyond the grave. His book
than 350 firsthand accounts of such experiences, which he said
less than a minute. Cochran's communication is like none other
"It's the first after-death communication, that I know of, that is
expressed in music," he said.
"I think it's very, very touching -- very beautiful," Guggenheim
said. "The song touches people's hearts very deeply."
After working with a musician to write the music, "based on my terrible
singing," Cochran had a demo version of the song recorded.
recording led her to music producer Charlie Bertini.
"Kathy being a non-musician, she did not know what she wanted,"
Bertini said. "I put together a CD of different kinds of singing. It's
great that she's not a musician; she just goes off her intuition."
Then Bertini sent Cochran a CD of songs performed by Tiffany Coburn,
soprano for "Voices of Liberty" at Disney's Epcot.
Cochran sensed immediately that Coburn was the right person for the
Bertini put together a recording session.
For Coburn, 40, the session turned out to be "one of those real awesome
surprises," the Clermont resident said.
"I think it is a beautiful song," she said. "People I have
played it for have been completely moved by it."
CDs, music boxes,
put the song on her Web site, SpiritLyric.com, where anyone can play it
charge, but she immediately started getting requests to purchase the
since has sold more than 2,000 compact discs.
Music boxes that play the song also are available, and cremation urns
be offered with it.
Hundreds of people have left comments online about how the song touched
lives and got them through troubled times.
Cochran is about to sign a contract for the movie rights to her story,
something that could lift the song to new heights. She already knows
right person to play her if the movie becomes a reality: Sandra Bullock.
All of this, she says, came from a dream.
"There's no way I can prove this song came through me spiritually,"
Cochran said. "Only the listener of the song will know in their heart
they feel a spiritual connection."
Gary Taylor can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-851-7910.