Today I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about Howard. Howard Ashman was a man of absolute brilliance who briefly touched us with his radiance. Howard is best known to the public for his contributions to the Broadway stage productions that he wrote such as “Little Shop of Horrors" (with Alan Menken) and "Smile”. Howard is also known for writing the lyrics to all the songs in Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid" (1989) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) as well as the beginnings of "Aladdin" (1992)’s songs. 

Howard was an artist in every sense of the word. He was such a creative soul that thrived on the magic of musicals and film. Howard was taken from us much too quickly, for on March 14, 1991, Howard died of AIDS complications. Howard never got to see the final version of “Beauty and the Beast”, nor did he live to see the success that it has since achieved globally. In honor of Howard, I’d personally like to thank him for being such a significant part of my life without even realizing it. I feel it limiting to say a huge part of my childhood was spent with his songs, because the truth of the matter is these songs and films are a part of my daily life. When I had nothing, I had these films. 

In honor of Howard, I’d like to share this tribute which is part of a documentary that is trying to be made about him. If you are familiar with him, his work, or simply grew up listening to his songs I suggest you watch and learn the lineage of these songs.

05.17.1950 | 03.14.1991
Forever with the angels.

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    Guys, I don’t normally share this stuff. But I’m STILL grieving over the loss of this man on some level. Yes, even now.
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    To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. I will be forever...
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