By Kyle Goffinet
This past Saturday, I was able to attend the 11th annual Little Heart Records Anniversary. It was filled with some of the best bands in the area and some of the best people. This was no ordinary anniversary show. This was a room of people that all came together to support the man who gave them their first shots. Bryan Puckett, founder of Little Heart Records, died earlier this year and it left a music community in deep, emotional pain. However, Saturday night was filled with more love and compassion for music than I had ever seen before. There were the younger bands, the experienced, veteran bands, and even the ones who had moved onto bigger labels. No matter what, everyone was there to celebrate Bryan Puckett’s life the best way we know how and that is through the power of music.
Along with myself and many other musicians, the best way we have been able to deal with our emotions is through music. Sometimes we can begin to question whether or not it is the correct escape from our everyday struggles because of the stress it can bring. That show was everybody's reminder of why we are all here powering through the trials and tribulations of being a musician. Music is a community that brings the people who feel left out together as one. Bryan Puckett has been the man to do that for the Louisville scene and countless other bands across the country. There is a line in an Everyone Leaves song that I believe will stick with the Little Heart family forever and that is, “You’ll live forever in things I do.” Thank you Puckett for everything you have ever done and although you are gone, your work will continue to be the motivation that keeps so many bands going. Your legacy will never be forgotten.
Below are some screenshots of members of the Little Heart family following the show.