The past few weeks have been filled with bad news right and left. The devastation from hurricanes Harvey and Irma (and more on the horizon) and the earthquake in Mexico are forefront in our minds. Losing a home, all of your belongings or more importantly, a loved one is unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by these natural disasters, and, if you haven’t done so yet, please consider supporting the Red Cross or MusiCares.
Closer to home I learned that a beloved venue, IOTA Club and Café is closing at the end of the month after 23 1/2 years of support to the area music community. I had my three CD release shows there and have had countless fun times, some I remember and some I don’t! Steve and Jane and everyone from the club will be sorely missed and I send them much love and well wishes. Read more on the closing here…
We’ve lost music legends Don Williams and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, and, on Sunday, Walter Becker of Steely Dan. Reading through The New York Times’ list of obituaries was an education, so many people I knew of and those I didn’t.
The loss that touched me the most was Glen Campbell on August 8th. I’ve loved his music for so many years, my favorite being Jimmy Webb’s Wichita Lineman. I became a bit obsessive and watched a 1968 video of that song over and over. I felt such a connection to Mr. Campbell and the song. The line, “I need you more than want you” is beautiful in its simplicity and possibly heartbreaking truth. I was fortunate to see him at The Birchmere some years ago – what an experience that was in such an intimate setting, and, of course, I wrangled my way into getting an autograph!
Hold on tightly to your loved ones, be kind, pay it forward and make every moment count!