Michael Sowers, 70: Harry Chapin's 'Cat's In The Cradle' : Songs Of Remembrance He taught his son how to play the tear-jerking folk-rock staple. Now, his son is passing it on to Michael's grandson.
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Michael Sowers, 70: Harry Chapin's 'Cat's In The Cradle'

Michael Sowers, of Sunbury, Pa., died at the age of 70. Courtesy of the Sowers family hide caption

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Michael Sowers, of Sunbury, Pa., died at the age of 70.

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More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 since the pandemic hit this country and the world just over a year ago. NPR is remembering some of those who lost their lives by listening to the music they loved and hearing their stories. We're calling our tribute Songs Of Remembrance.


My dad, Mike, was so proud to play and sing Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" to me as a young child. I'm quite certain the lyrics were powerful to him, as he had moved away from his dad.

Since my dad played guitar, I had to be different and play drums. However, in high school I picked up guitar, and that was the first song he taught me. Over the years, I watched the song's lyrics play out in our own relationship. After his passing in November, I relearned the song, and now proudly play and sing it to my 10-year-old son. --Jamie Sowers

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