Easter weekend, spring and renewal, high hopes, and yet—being a musician of a "certain" age—sadness at the news of the death of our beloved Hugh McCracken. The wires are ablaze with words of shock and surprise as everyone recalls all the music we have made together, and then word of the passing of Phil Ramone.
Our world is small and yet it is large. Hugh gave B.B. King his first crossover hit with "The Thrill Is Gone." That is direct from B.B.'s own accord. He always gave Hugh credit. David Spinozza, another guitar whiz, was also on the session.
How many holidays spent together, how many dinners and bus rides? And laughing...a lot of laughing. Everyone thought that Hugh and Phil was their best friend. There is the real talent here, they way they made everyone else feel so special.
And so we gather with friends and family and count our blessings, to be together and know that it is special time to celebrate, pass the love that we have been given to others. My cousins in town, friends all. Looking at each other in a special way.
So I treasure each day, and celebrate loving my friends and family, and spring, and practice each morning. When you are playing music there is less pain.
Some of us cannot walk, but we can dance; and cannot speak, but can sing. We have this music forever. I have the sound system loaded with Hugh and Phil, their music fills the air. They will live though our story telling and the music.
Joy to the world!