By Cat Saunders
Singer-songwriter Michael Tomlinson is one of the most high-integrity human beings I have ever known. I first started paying attention to him in the late 1980s and he just keeps getting better—not only in terms of the beauty and heartfelt depth of his music, but in terms of his talent in many other realms.
Michael is also a truly wonderful writer and a damn good storyteller, and he’s one of the funniest people I know. I can always count on him to make me laugh out loud, with or without the accompanying act of rolling on the floor.
When Michael performs on stage, his storytelling skills come out between songs the way stars come out when night falls. Then when he sings, Michael is genuinely with his audience in a way that makes you feel happy just to be in his presence, because he’s clearly having a good time being in yours.
In addition to his gifts of music and writing, Michael has been a wonderful compatriot for me in the land of independent publishing. Since he was producing his own work long before I independently published Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook, I’ve looked up to him as a sort of “big brother,” who has continually inspired me in the world of publishing.
In addition to his gifts as a multi-faceted role model for me, Michael has been a steadfast supporter of my own work in the world. He has written me personal notes of thanks over the years when he has been inspired by one of my articles, and he gave me a beautiful and unsolicited endorsement for Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook (which is included in the back-cover endorsements on the second edition of the book).
Michael is not only a gifted singer-songwriter, he is a treasure of humanity. I hope you have a wonderful time exploring his website, listening to his music, and attending his performances!
Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).