By Peter Huoppi
Derek Berube had a list of things he wanted to do in his life. Chief among them was to make a professional recording of the songs he had written. Derek was deaf, but could play the guitar with tremendous skill. He suffered a serious eye injury at work, and was having trouble with his insurance company. Eye surgery forced a change in his medications, which caused his Crohn's disease to return. He used music as an outlet, writing songs that detailed his experiences. Derek died before he could record any of the songs, so his father Dan is working to fulfill that wish.