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Subject: back porch christmas


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larry beelaert
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Date Posted: 10:33:50 12/14/04 Tue

Does anyone know where I can get a cd of Back Porch Christmas,

Larry Beelaert
509-280-2511

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Subject: You Will Be Missed...


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Lisa Phuaphes
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Date Posted: 15:17:38 12/28/01 Fri

You know I always thought Dick was mean when I first worked with him at MRI. Everytime we had a Music Department meeting, he would always crack jokes on how Hip Hop/Rap sampled some classic song. I'm not mad at him for that. He gave me information about so many composers/artists I didn't know about, especially the Blue Grass/Zydeco ones. Who knew what kind of music that was in my generation? Now, who do I run to when I need to know about the classics or I don't know some local Zydeco band?
Dick is one dude that can not be replaced. An intelligent dude with great music knowledge, and I'm glad that I worked with him.

Dick...you will be missed greatly.

Lisa

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Subject: Remembrance


Author:
Mike Holmes - Mugwumps
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Date Posted: 10:28:14 01/01/02 Tue

I met Dick at OJCH in Cambridge, about 25 years ago. He taught me the harmony (on the mandolin) to "Turkey In THe Staw" and I've played it virtually unchanged ever since. We were in touch sporadically over the years, especially since the advent of Email, and it was my great pleasure that he came to Banjo Camp North in May, 2001. He was invited to come back for BCN 2002, but I was saddened when I learned he couldn't wait. The music world is poorer for his passing. Last night, New Year's Eve, we dedicated an extended version of TITS to Dick's memory, with harmony and singing all the old summer camp verses we could recall.

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Subject: MY ANNUAL MISSING FEG MOOD


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CherylElynn FitzMaurice (MELANCHOLY CHERYL)
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Date Posted: 08:19:55 02/03/07 Sat

HADN'T SEEN DAVID & THE BIG BAND SINCE, WHATEVER YEAR IT WAS (OBVIOUSLY BEFORE 2K1)WHEN THEY PLAYED IN FEBRUARY THE WEEKEND BETWEEN ME & MY BROTHER'S BIRTHDAY, SO OFF TO THE BOTTOMLINE IN NYC WE TRAVELED. EVERYONE FROM THE BAND WAS THERE THAT NITE!!!!!NEXT TIME WAS 2K5, AT COUNT BASIE IN JERSEY, & DURING THE WHOLE SHOW I WANTED TO CALLOUT "WHERE'S FEG????" TOWARDS THE VERY END OF THE SHOW, DAVID PASSED A REMARK ABOUT "PEOPLE ARE DYIN' TO GET OUTA THIS BAND..." THAT ANSWERED MY QUESTION... I WALKED OUT OF THERE THAT NIGHT WORRYING ABOUT WHO WAS NOT GOING TO BE THERE NEXT YEAR. EVERY FEBRUARY SINCE THEN THEY PLAY AT THIS SAME PLACE & EVERY YEAR I MISS FEG,BEFORE I EVEN GET THERE!!! I WON'T EVEN SIT ON HIS SIDE OF THE STAGE LIKE I DID IN 2K5. HELL WITH HIM & GEORGE NOT THERE, IT'S THE BORING SIDE. TOMORROW, I'M TURNING 55. STARTING PREPARING MYSELF SOME MONTHS BACK & THEN, AS IF BY WIZARDRY,I HEAR THE BAND IS PLAYING THE NITE BEFORE THE BIG DAY. THAT SAVED MY BUTT FROM MAJOR DEPRESSION!!!!THOSE GUYS ARE ALL SOOOOOO MUCH OLDER THAN ME, WHEN I WAKE UP TOMORROW I'M GONNA FEEL LIKE A YOUNGEN. AND STILL MISSING FEG...
PEACE YA'LL, LIVE WELL
CherylElynn

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Subject: Randy Searle of Cimarron Creek


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J. T. Mitchell
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Date Posted: 09:24:26 06/08/06 Thu

It is with regret that I inform everyone that our good friend Randy Searle of Cimarron Creek lost his battle with cancer on May 27, 2006. Rest in peace my friend.
J.T. Mitchell

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Subject: Re: I was blessed to have known


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Steve Alviso
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Date Posted: 17:39:12 03/01/06 Wed

Hey My Dearest Friend Randy,

How are you doing? Please contact me so we can continue the fellowship God has given us, it is so special to me.

With Love and Blessings

In His Service

Pastor Steve & Mary Alviso

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Subject: Spamming


Author:
Jan Vincent
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Date Posted: 21:56:44 03/01/06 Wed

Due to excessive spamming on this message from drug companies and in-line casinos, many of the messages have been sent to the archive. To see these past messages, click on ARCHIVES in the upper right corner.

Sorry for the inconvience!

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Subject: With Deepest Sadness....


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Jan Vincent
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Date Posted: 15:23:58 08/11/05 Thu

It is with deep sadness, it I must announce the death of the co-creator of this message board in honor of Dick Fegy.
My husband of 18 years, David Vincent passed away on March 21, 2005 of a massive heart attack. He went suddenly, quickly and did not suffer.
David loved all music and supported bluegrass music in particular. He played cello and bass guitar himself and had been learning the mandolin. He loved building model railroads and talking about space, weaponry, aircraft and Mini Coopers. He was a devote Christian and served in his church, The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach. Those were his passions.
For his day job, David was a Senior Scientist in the Aerospace industry. He was well respected in his field. He was a computer genius and had worked originally for IBM as an intern when he was 14 years old. He taught me everything I know about computers and web design and he is greatly missed. David and Dick spent hours discussing music, music theory and music history. They had a great respect for each other.
David left behind a daughter, Sarah; a son, Chris; a daughter-in-law, Joi; three grandsons, Garrison, Gage and Gavin and a wife, who miss him very much. It is my hope that he and Dick are continuing their musical discussions together in heaven and I hope that Dick is teaching David to play "St. Anne's Reel" on mando. I look forward to hearing it.

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Subject: remembering Dick Fegy


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Robert Dahms
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Date Posted: 17:54:53 01/25/06 Wed

I remember after Dick died someone mentioned a website dedicated to him, and that Randy Searle, my old bandmate and friend from "Cimarron Creek" had written a nice bit about Dick. I always felt that I wanted to contribute something myself, but not being a computer person, I never got around to it. I'm still not a computer person, so a friend is putting this on for me. Anyway, Cimarron Creek was a good working band that I was in for eight years or more in southern California. In those years, 1980's, there was lots of 5-and-6-nites-a-week work, and we had all we could handle and more. So much more that with a 5 piece group any one of the core members would sub out on any given night if they could make $5 or $10 more down the street. This was going on with all the bands at the time and tho one might dwell on the negative aspects of such behavior, the positive results ultimately were so much more rewarding, especially in the case of Dick Fegy. I remember the first night I saw Dick, we had a gig at some nameless rat-hole somewhere in Lakewood or Downey or any one of those forgetable God-forsaken places up there. Anyhow, I walked in and Dick was on stage setting up his equipment. I think it was by now the weekend and we had most likely gone through 8 or 10 subs already. Unlike some players, Dick was not especially a clothes-horse or Bea Brummel, this night in particular. He was bent over setting up his amp with an old flannel shirt, grubby jeans, rather overweight and his butt crack hanging out I must say. So I'm thinking to myself, "Holy Moly Randy, where did you find this guy?" Soon, however, it was 9 o'clock and we started the 1st set. Now I had been playing with these guys for 7 years already, but somewhere during the 1st tune I got the old sinking feeling of "what am I doing here?" I was in the presence of greatness and I knew it. Dick would play something and it would be my turn, but in these conditions you try to underplay as much as possible, you feel like such a chump. It wasn't even the notes or lines he played, to me it was the tone. Tone is everything and everything he played was so wonderful and rich it was like listening to Scotty Moore, Merle Travis, Joe Maphis...all the greats rolled into one. Anyway, on the first break I told Randy I think I'll go home, you don't need 2 guitars here. What a humbling experience. All I could do is swallow my pride and tough it out. Sure glad I did because we worked together quite a lot after that and I think I had the edge on him at pool. When you look back through the years, there are certain highlights that stand out. Playing with Mr. Fegy is one of the best. Sorry it took so long to write this down.
Robert Dahms
January 2006
Davenport, Iowa

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Subject: To All Friends of the Fegy


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Annie
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Date Posted: 20:20:32 12/19/05 Mon

Well, here it is several years later and
I am listening to "Back Porch Christmas" feeling
his astounding presence more than ever.
I just called his brother "Marty" because I
wanted to tell him how much I appreciate
his kindness and compassion in giving me so
many of Dick's personal things.
They are a great comfort to me in missing
my dear friend. His coat keeps me warm-
His shirt still has his scent on it.
I miss him more than I can say.
Please write me if you would like to share
fond memories of our mutual friend.
I have come to the conclusion that there are so
few people worth calling friend in this world-
Dick was one and if you were his friend the
world is certainly a paler place without him for you
now.
I so know how you feel.
Annie Harvey
Burbank. CA

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Subject: Memorial


Author:
Newman
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Date Posted: 11:06:54 11/02/05 Wed

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at Copyright Clearing house for a brief period. I knew him a very modest and helping person, with a subtle, refined sense of humor. He was the one person I was always comfortable around, even though he was very reserved. I usually check in with him every year. I just found out that he had passed. Hope all that knew him better than I are doing fine. I am pretty sure Dick is doing fine.
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Subject: To the web site masters of this site


Author:
Annie Harvey
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Date Posted: 18:51:59 06/03/05 Fri

Dearest People,
I can not tell you how much this site means to me.
Being able to come here and visit the memories
of the people who Loved our dear one keeps me
sane as the distance of time grows from when I
got my last "Fegy hug," days before his passing.
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate
visiting this site and thank you for maintaining it.
Belated Happy Birthday to you Dick-
You Are Loved,
Annie

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Subject: The New Horizon's First True Talent (1964)


Author:
Erik Johnson
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Date Posted: 15:02:23 01/10/05 Mon

Dick and Marty Fegy were at first our neighbors in town (Manchester, CT). When our high school coffee house group lost two senior members in 1964, we were looking for a couple of really good musicians who just loved to play. Dick Fegy and his brother Marty were the ones. Dick was always a little quieter than Marty except when he picked up an instrument. Then he out-did everyone in the room, on the block, in the neighborhood, in town, cripes, I can imagine, everyone East of the Mississippi even at his young ripe age of 15-16. We loved rehearsing at his house where he seemed to feel most comfortable. We all felt comfortable there, too.

I left Connecticut in 1967 to join the military service and never really returned to Manchester, except to visit my parents and family. I always tried to look up Dick and Marty to see how they were getting along and heard stories that Dick had "hooked up" with some real pro's.

I can tell from reading these postings that he made a huge impression on all of you as he did with me, Kent Carlson, and the others in our amateur high school coffee house group.

I will be happy to send some pictures of our early group beginnings to your website and hopefully add to Dick's musical and personal legacy.

Sending this note along with fond remembrances of many hours in rehearsals spent with tremendously talented people, Dick Fegy and his brother, Marty Fegy.

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Subject: Welcome to the Dick Fegy Memorial Message Board


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Date Posted: 14:04:17 12/28/01 Fri

This message board is dedicated to and in memory of Dick Fegy. Please feel free to post any memories you have or stories about this wonderful musician and friend.

Dick, we will miss you so! Our Saturday nights at Vincenzo's will be a little less full because of your absence. We will miss the rich mandolin sounds you provided. We will also miss the way you always quietly came up with sly side jokes and puns. We will miss the table side talks about bluegrass music. We will miss you!

Thank you for visiting! Please post!!!!!

Grateful Dudes Webmasters, David and Jan Vincent

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Subject: The proverbial 39 years


Author:
Meg Smith
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Date Posted: 12:13:31 01/11/03 Sat

January 2003. Thanks to David and Jan Vincent for posting and maintaining this site. I must be the last person to find out that Dick Fegy is gone. (We obviously didn’t write too often) nor did he see me every trip East, though he came often as he could. Dick(ie) Fegy and I have been friends since we attended Bennett Jr. High together in Manchester, Connecticut. We met in 8th grade at the “Talent Show,” in 1962, me, presumptuous enough to play an old Italian bowl-bellied mandolin “Blowin’ in the Wind” (“Gee, she’s been practicing all morning, it’s only 3 chords!”) Near the end of the dress rehearsal, this pudgy little guy in a stiped jersey, and a thick head of dark hair came out, sat in a chair, and played “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” on a 5-string Banjo. He never cracked a smile, and his brows were furrowed in utter concentration. Needless to say, we all went NUTS, and Dick and I remained friends ever since. In High School, we played together in a jug band. Dick got me hooked up with a Martin D-21 that, apparently, had my name written all over it. He put people and instruments together for as long as I’d known him. I think he hoped that I might be more serious about music than I was. He taught me to traverse pick. We used to play a lot together. One day, out at Dave Monahan’s, Dickie played “Spanish Fandango” and I loved it. I pestered him to teach me to play it, and he finally traded the lesson for a haircut and beard trim. Needless to say, the lesson lasted twice as long as the haircut, but Dick was always unfailingly kind, patient, and liked to teach people things. He was very generous, modest, and very self-conscious about his singing, which is why he wouldn’t join a serious band for the longest time.
As the story goes, when Dick’s banjo broke and had to go in for repairs, he played Marty’s guitar (Marty, Dick’s older brother) to keep his hands busy. Marty used to tell this tale in tears. Though Marty played two or so years straight “every afternoon until my fingers bled,” Dick surpassed him in the two weeks it took to repair the five-string. Well, it is a good story, anyway. In high school, we also had a coffee house, and we were always ecstatic when Dick and Marty would play together, and we always demanded Dick play “Maple Leaf Rag” on the guitar. Dick’s talent was huge, but his devotion to bluegrass, openness to all kinds of music, eagerness to interpret a line of music, curiosity about the world and the way everything fits together was far more enormous. Dick practiced relentlessly. He loved to pick. He loved to play. No opportunity was passed up. He taught himself 3 years of piano in 3 months our senior year.
Later, Dick and I went to B.U. together. I would occasionally go over with Dick to Old Joe Clark’s in Cambridge to listen to his rehearsals. We used to joke that since we had to take the ”T” to Park Street Under to get to Cambridge, that we were going to rename the band the “Park Street Undertakers.” Yes, he and I shared a love of puns. He was quiet. You hadda listen. He and I both thought Neil Rossi was the world’s greatest fiddler. I have a Christmas tape that Dickie gave as a Christmas card one year. His brother Marty recorded it in his studio. On it, Dick plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and piano on different tracks. (The boys did bring in a drummer.) He said it was a “demo” tape. He loved doing studio music after the carpel tunnel problem got to be too painful. He hoped to have the benefits to get the problem corrected, but he never did. He started his musical career on the 5-string banjo, learned guitar and other instruments, but I think he liked the mandolin best. It was quiet, subtle, or raucus.and spontaneous. He could play a lick of anything, and make it fit into any band. He would make any band better. He Hated being on the road with Bromberg, though he got to travel. He loved his life so much more when he overcame his drug addictions developed on the road. A few years ago, he confided to me that Linda Rondstadt was interested in having him in her band, and I asked Dick why didn’t he go?” “Oh, I like LA, I could never get used to SF— It hurt to perform too much, he didn’t want to tour any more, and most importantly, he loved all of his friends in LA, and would miss them too much.
Dick had a giant intellect, but people often pigeon-holed him as a “just a musician”—just one of the best musicians in the whole world! (Just an opinion.) He loved Romantic English Poetry, James Joyce, Sociology, picking, and he was nuts about billiards. He would periodically tell me how his billiard game was doing, rather than his career. His billiards, he had to work much harder at. He hoped to find that special someone, but after awhile, he realized that Muse was Music, and that was more than good enough. He was IN LOVE with the mandolin he bought himself in 2000(?) When my oldest child turned 8, he asked me if I had him in guitar lessons yet.
Can this gentle man, this gigantic musician, this true and wonderful friend be gone?
Not as long as we love and play his music, and remember the “Dickisms.” Peace to all. He will and is, greatly gone, and greatly here. Marty, I may never forgive you for not calling me.

P.S. Sue, from BU, if you’re there, please e-mail me.

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Subject: Happy Birthday Dick


Author:
Annie
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Date Posted: 21:29:30 05/08/04 Sat

Dearest Dick,
Although you are no longer bound to keep
time as we do, just wanted to let you know
that today, I celebrate your life touching mine.
Where's the coda? I miss you.
Annie

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Subject: I was blessed to have known


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Randy Goff
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Date Posted: 06:50:12 01/07/02 Mon

It is so very sad to hear of the passing of yet another very talented & wonderful friend & fellow musician, needless to say unbelievable human being.

I had the honor of working with Dick on many occasions through out the years. I first met Dick when we were in Dave Karp & Windfall at Nashville West in El Monte. It was so amazing to hear such awesome sounds coming from this man that appeared to have to make such little effort to do so. The music didn't make Dick Fegy....Dick Fegy made the music.

We have lost so very much this past year in losing Dave Karp, Dennis Jeffries, Larry Milton, and now Dick. All of which hold very special places in our hearts & will NEVER be forgotten. I feel so fortunate & blessed to have had a part of Dick Fegy in my life and will miss him greatly as will all.

Love & Prayers to all Family & Friends!

Randy Goff

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Subject: In Memory Of My Beloved Grandad


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Lana Hutton
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Date Posted: 17:13:40 02/09/04 Mon

Unfortunatly my grandad passed away on 31st January 2004. It was unexpected but in my heart i know he will not suffer anymore pain and will be surrounded by lots of other family members, and later on we will all be together again. Im 17 years old and was currently planning my 18th birthday with my grandad, he also rehearsed through my lines with me, as i am a student studying performing arts. I am following in his foot steps as well as other family members but i know he performed on famous stages and enjoyed it. I am going to achieve the same and do him proud.
I am submitting this message on behalf of all my family who are all struggling at this tough time, and i wanted to say my own feelings in my own words about my grandad. He was a well loved and respected man, by family,friends and neighbours. he lived in his current house for the last 58 years and grew fond of the area. He performed his duties in the 2nd world war, and even had the scars to prove it. he always wanted a joke or always made one. I hope he'll be with me through my future sucsess's and dissapointments like i was for him.
He will be greatly missed by all.
Sleep well grandad, my heart is always with you xxx

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Subject: Tenative Information on a Celebration of Dick Fegy's Life


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Webmaster
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Date Posted: 21:24:39 01/02/02 Wed

The following information is from <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="mailto:Chuck@MusicReports.com">Chuck Burgess at Music Reports, Inc.</a> Some musician friends of Dick Fegy are beginning to put together a memorial gathering to honor his life. Details are very vague at the moment, but so far it looks like it will take place sometime this Saturday. Two places have been mentioned so far as possible sites, either at Vincenzo's Restaurant in Santa Clarita or possibly at a friends house in the Hollywood Hills. It is possible that it could happen at another site but those two places are the most likely at this point. Either way, It'll be somewhere in the area. This will not be a formal funeral but more of a celebration of his life, with lots of music and happy tributes. I'm sending this email to give all of his co-workers as much notice as possible. I'll pass along more information as soon as I receive it but in the meantime I'd like to ask for an informal headcount. If you think you could definitely go, or if you know you definitely cannot go, please let me know. When we know how many people from the company will likely attend it'll help determine where and when this will take place.

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Subject: "When I saw those big brown eyes"


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Annie
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Date Posted: 15:27:25 12/24/03 Wed

Dearest Dick,
I still make extra coffee, in case you drop by.
I am making CD copies of "Back Porch Christmas" for
my family as gifts. Best Christmas music ever recorded.
This is the first time I have written to you since you left-
I tried to before today, but I couldn't stop crying long enough
to succeed. I am crying now.
I miss you more than I can say. I think about you every day.
Several times, but then I think you know that.
You touched my soul in a way that no one will ever do again.
The hole in my heart grows daily. I can only stand the pain
of missing you by remembering that the hole is equal only
to the love you gave me; that is what makes it is a blessing.
I want you to know that your words, you know which ones,
are the words that keep me going. I promise that I will finish
what you started.
Merry Christmas my brown eyed beauty.
Annie

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Subject: Dick Fegy Memorial


Author:
Kate Spencer
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Date Posted: 08:09:56 04/30/02 Tue

On Saturday April 27 we celebrated Dick's life. Sun, cool temperatures,and a beautiful colonial house made for the perfect day. Dick's friends came from Boston, New York, Chicago, Vermont, Connecticut,and New Hampshire to celebrate his life in the best of possible ways: eating, drinking, playing the tunes and singing the songs that Dick loved so much. We watched videos of Dick and his friends and of course talked about him with both fondness and sadness. The only one missing was Dick!
Thanks Marty and thanks to Lynn Manring at the Indian House for sharing the facilities with us.
Several people asked me if they could contribute to the cause and the answer is most emphatically YES. The American Diabetes Association has an online web site and donations in Dick's name can be made there. Unfortunately I couldn't find a mailing address on the site; if someone would post that, donations could be mailed as well.

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Subject: a note about an old friend


Author:
George Nelson
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Date Posted: 14:39:53 03/05/02 Tue

Thanks to Neil Rossi, one of the keepers of the old-time flame, for telling me about this message board and the chance to write a few words about my old friend and band-mate.
When Sandy Sheehan called to tell me about Dick's sudden,tragic passing I just hung up the phone,picked up my old guitar, went to a quiet corner of the house, spent some time picking out a few of the old tunes we used to play together and let a flood of great memories poor over me. Dick was a great friend during those years when everything was new, we were all immortal,all headed for certain fame and fortune,a weekend seemed like a lifetime and the thought of playing an electric guitar bordered on heresy...the years when we had only played 'June Apple','Billy in the Low Ground',and 'Blackberry Rag' for the first couple of hundred times...the years when we could drive all day and pick all night and sometimes the other way around.
Dick was a funny,quiet genius of all kinds of musical forms...his gentle nature hiding as intense a guy as you could imagine. I first knew him as a guitar picker, but almost over night he seemed to be a master of the mandolin,banjo and fiddle as well. It was mind-boggling as well as inspirational to see his instrumental prowess blossom. And unlike us 'wannabee' players his music came from within...he knew and could project those inner voicings and harmonies where music really lives. I used to visit him occasionally in California and was surprised to find out that he had acquired a keyboard and was doing some arranging. In retrospect, I wouldn't have been surprised to find out that he had a trumpet,valve trombone,piccolo and a set of Irish pipes stashed in his closet, all of which he could play equally as well.
What can you say about a guy David Bromberg used to introduce on stage as "my idol,Dick Fegy". We were great friends because we shared more than just the music. We used to have as much fun getting to and from the gigs as working them. I will always remember the long nights picking at "Old Joe's",the gigs with the Wonder Boys,Pat Sky at the Philly Folk Festival,the annual High Woods String Band Bash, the travelling and talking about vintage guitars and vintage cars.
Dick was the greatest. I'll miss him a lot.

George Nelson

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Subject: Fiddle Tunes for Flatpicking Guitar taught by Dick Fegy


Author:
Kate Spencer
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Date Posted: 09:13:54 09/13/03 Sat

I wanted to let you all know that Mel Bay has gone back through its archives and published a Dick Fegy instruction book. It contains 3 compact discs featuring note-by-note, phrase by phrase instruction. There is no text or discussion of Dick, except for this brief paragraph about the technicalities of the music in this book:
"The sudio lessons in this series were originally recorded in the 1970's. Ther were initially released on audio cassettes. We have gone back to our master tapes to get the best possible sound for this new CD edition. The complete contents of the original recordings have been maintained but certain references to albums that are no longer available or information that is out of date have been edited out.
These lessons originally came with different printed material. These were handwritten and in some cases offered only in tab transcriptions. The lessons have now been typeset in tab/music. As a result some spoken references on the CDs regarding page numbers or a position of a line or phrase may differ slightly from the written music in this edition. We have annoted as carefully and exactly as possible what each track on the CDS present. Please use these track descriptions as your reference guide."
In looking at the CD tracks in the index, there is quite a bit of technical discussion from Dick as he teaches the tunes. Tunes included are "Lord Gordon's Reel", Rights of Man", "June Apple", "Arkansas Traveler", "Trafalgar Hornpipe", "Fisher's Hornpipe".
I somewhat reluctantly will let you know that I have the book here for sale at Maple Leaf Music, only in case anyone would like to know where to get it. I say reluctantly because I primarily want to let you all know that this tribute has now been made to our friend Dick and I think that's important. There's a great phopto of him with guitar and pipe on the cover.
Thanks to all of you who came to the East Coast memorial at the Indian House in Deerfield, Massachusetts. I wish Dick could have been there; it was really his kind of party. I still miss him, think of him often and always will....Kate Spencer

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Subject: Fegy was a good guy.


Author:
Danny Counts
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Date Posted: 14:36:19 07/27/03 Sun

I just found out about Fegy. I was stunned & saddened. Obviously, I haven't been in touch with him for a while. I played bass with the Bromberg band for a couple of years, up until David disbanded the group. I liked Fegy a lot. He had a very quick sense of humor - one of the funniest people I've ever met. He was a joy to be around. And what a musician! I saw him in L.A. when he was doing a lot of studio work. He would get up early, throw a bunch of instruments into his trunk, drive to the gig, play, take a nap in his car, drive to the gig, play, take a nap in his car, drive to the gig... You get the picture. Thank you, Dick, for your friendship and for every note you played. Rest in peace. Danny Counts

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Subject: May 2003-Thank-you,You're in our hearts.


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Dwight Frazee
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Date Posted: 23:08:24 05/21/03 Wed

I just want to say thank-you Dick, for all the great times.
Your music was a gift that was greatly appreciated. I know
your playing in Heaven, I can even hear you when I listen
real hard on a quiet evening. We know you live on !! We will
be together again someday. Rest in peace my friend.

One of the David Bromberg fans
from New Jersey

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Subject: A FINE MAN


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MARTYN COLLINS
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Date Posted: 09:29:41 12/10/02 Tue

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at Copyright Clearing house for a brief period. I knew him a very modest and helping person, with a subtle, refined sense of humor. He was the one person I was always comfortable around, even though he was very reserved. I usually check in with him every year. I just found out that he had passed. Hope all that knew him better than I are doing fine. I am pretty sure Dick is doing fine.

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Subject: Life is Short, but very wide


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Dave Fraser
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Date Posted: 15:37:21 01/06/02 Sun

I rode to a gig with Dick Fegy in his famous black Volvo, a car with which he seemed to have a love/hate relationship. We were both performing with Dave Karp and Windfall that evening. I didn't know him very well but he seemed like a gentle soul with a great sense of humor. It was always a striking contrast for me to see and hear such an incredible talent spring forth from such a humble non-assuming individual. Then I find out much later how many different instruments the guy could play and that he could sing too. Sometimes you may only get to spend a short time with certain people, but their spirit really moves you. It was that way for me and knowing Dick Fegy. I felt very much the same way about Dave Karp and Dennis Jeffries too. If nothing else, it makes my time on earth seem even more precious. I so value the music and friendship and love I've been able to share with all my fellow musicians out there who continue to enrich my life on and off the stage.

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Subject: Heartbroken to hear


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Scott Forrest
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Date Posted: 01:33:42 09/17/02 Tue

Been out of the loop and only heard today of the passing of the "king of Rock n' Roll". Through my love of his playing with Bromberg, I got to be acquainted with Dick and shared a few memorable conversations with him. My first marriage has been past history for years but the wedding reception'll always resonate in my memory as Dick flew up from So Cal to play with Firmin at my wedding party.
My most sincere condolences to Dick's family and close friends.

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Subject: Will always remember listening to Dick


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David Lister
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Date Posted: 12:50:42 06/06/02 Thu

I first saw Dick play with David Bromberg. They were touring Europe, and I saw them play a circus tent in Florence, Italy in December of '79 or January of '80. I remember it being a real cold evening. He was there with Dave, George Kindler, and a female bass player, maybe Bromberg's wife, I don't remember for sure.

It was a special night. Most of the tunes played were instrumentals--probably because of the language barrier--and Dick, George, and Dave were really on that night. Dick played a couple of songs solo that night--his playing was truly inspirational.

From that point on, every time I'd see Bromberg, I would be hoping that Dick was there--he was about half the time, and the shows that featured him were always special.

I saw him last year with the Big Band in Albany at the Egg and he was, as always, a joy to listen to.

I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of his audience from time to time.

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Subject: I just now found out and I very sad to hear...


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Mark
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Date Posted: 22:42:28 05/20/02 Mon

I had meet Dick last March in Md. we drove from The Shenandoah Valley of Virgina to see the Band play. After the show I got a chance to talk with Dick he was telling me that there are very few Venues for acts like them to play these days. I was telling him about what we are doing in The Shenandoah Valley with the local musicians with our shenandooahmusic.com site and he took one of my cards and put it in his wallet. He was a real nice guy.

"The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life."—John 5:28, 29.

I hope we all may be there to see this day when Dick will live again.

My warm condolences to the family and friends.

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Subject: Fegy


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Orrin Star
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Date Posted: 08:32:35 05/10/02 Fri

When I moved to the Boston area in 1974 there were two stand-out flatpick guitarists in town: George Nelson and Dick Fegy. I would see them at various area events and marvel at their prowess.

I think Dick came to a place I was living in Watertown one time to pick with me.

A couple years later I moved in to the Old Joe Clark house (where Dick had lived) and started trodding some of the same musical ground as Dick (ie becoming a multi-instrumentalist and eclectic string band musician). But I was frustrated because by the time I got decent enough to really play with him he had left town and hit the road with Bromberg (who would occasionally appear at Old Joe's with Sandy on a fiddle mission of some kind).

It was great hearing his classy playing early on in my musical life. Rest in peace Dick.

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Subject: Happy Birthday Dick


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gr8fuldave
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Date Posted: 19:21:50 05/08/02 Wed

As I type this message The David Bromberg Band is playing their opening night of their tour in VA on, appropriatly enough, Dick's birthday. I hope you're having a nice birthday, Dick, and that your spiritual presence is inspiring the show.

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Subject: Great Pickin


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Tony Arcaro
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Date Posted: 07:27:24 05/03/02 Fri

Back in the late 70's I went to a David Bromberg concert at Symphony Hall in Boston. Being a banjo player, I was focused and mesmerized by this player who played clean and precise,standing on the left side of Bromberg. The bluegrass/fiddle tune medleys had so much energy and this player never broke a sweat. I barely caught his name in the introductions. I picked up a couple of Bromgerg albums to find out it was Dick Fegy. Although I never met him, I've always admired his work being a closet fan and follower. I was saddened to recently hear that he had passed and just wanted to say a few words about the impression he had on me. I'm the type who does his listening with his ears and not all that impressed by visuals of flailing limbs and flamboyance. I appreciate Dick's style and multitalented musicianship. I will never forget him...............Tony

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Subject: East Coast Memorial


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Norman Plankey
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Date Posted: 09:14:54 04/28/02 Sun

On Saturday, April 27, 2002 family and friends of Dick Fegy gathered in Deerfield, Massachusetts in celebration of Dick's well spent life.

I've added a few pictures to my East Coast Fegy pages that can be viewed here: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href=http://www.plankity.com/DickFegy/ECM/index.htm>East Coast Memorial</a>

He was a great one: he will be missed: we have been blessed to know him.

N--

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Subject: Farewell Dick


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Randy Searle
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Date Posted: 18:42:23 03/03/02 Sun

I was fortunate to have Dick join up with The Cimarron Creek Band in the late 80's- early 90's. I remember Dick having a quiet wisdom about him. He was a true gentleman with quick wit and a gleam in his eye

Paul Marshall pretty much summed it up on his post below. There certainly wasn't a night that went by.... that some sort of musical magic poured out of Dick, Robert Dahms, Paul Marshall, Tom Lambuth, and occasionally...myself.

I remember Dick and Robert played so well off of each other...knowing when to lay out...and knowing when to fill...knowing when to pick up and continue the solo handed to them by each other....whether it be guitar, fiddle, or mandolin....and doing so with such preciseness.

I remember Dick's hands being relatively small..and it always amazed me on his precision and quickness as he manuveured with his small fingers.

It is traditional every Christmas, to play his Christmas recordings. A true peice of musical work.

Goodbye Dick...you will be missed.

Randy Searle

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Subject: How terribly sad


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Date Posted: 18:35:59 02/27/02 Wed

I just was listening to Son House and flashed on Dick's offhand, assured singing style, recalled how he had asked to be on my radio show (just before he was invited to join Dave Bromberg's band) and for some silly reason I'd put him off, then (luckily) realized how silly it was and called him back. I still remember his quiet voice on the phone: "Changed your mind, huh?" and the understated way he sang "Ain't that a shame?" on Passim's stage.

So I wondered what he was up to and did a search....

Lovely singer. Lovely guy. Sad to hear he's gone.

Jim Chevallier
North Hollywood, CA
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.chezjim.com">http://www.chezjim.com</a>

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Subject: old times/sad times


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Terry Hayden
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Date Posted: 08:17:55 02/21/02 Thu

I first met Dick in the late '60's in the Hartford area. There was a coffehouse craze going on at the time. The "music central" site was the Forum in the South end of Hartford, but a number of 'burbs had their own setttings.

I think that I first saw Dick at the Maisery in Windsor ( or the Lantern in East Hartford). His presence on the guitar was amazing. It seemed unfortunate for us "locals" that just as his talents became legend in our area he moved on.

Bluegrass was foreign territory to a lot of us in the area. Dick's flowing guitar work was an incentive to dig deeper - for that I will always thank him.

After he moved on I followed him through the Bromberg years and lost track. I moved out here to Central California in the late 70's. Blow and lehold, who should I run into playing backup guitar on a Paul Siebel tour through here but Dick.

I had met Paul through the Forum in Hartford, so it was a grand reunion - Dick and I shared common "what ever happened to" stories of Hartford people. The '60's and '70's were a grand time for what is now refered to as
Americana music - Dick was responsible for a wealth of education and enjoyment of the genre.

He will be greatly missed.

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Subject: Memories from Manchester, CT


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Jeannette LeSure
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Date Posted: 05:54:45 02/19/02 Tue

Dick was a friend of my brother Jack's in high school. I was the "baby sister." Jack learned to play the banjo because of Dick. I remember his kindness to a little sister who was probably in the way, more than not. I remember listening to him play--watching him, and just kicking back with an inane smile on my face. But mostly I am so glad that his influence and friendship gave my brother his mainstay of comfort in his own troubled life. My own beloved brother died two years ago, and I was looking for Dick... too late. In your missing your friend, let me add my gratitude for his wonderful impact on another's life. Thank you

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Subject: Good by, Dick


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Andy May
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Date Posted: 21:19:42 02/17/02 Sun

I remember Dick Fegy as a kind, gentle soul with a fun-loving twinkle in his eye. He had an incredible ability to be "musical"-not just playing the notes, but playing them with feeling and taste. After I moved to Cambridge, Mass in 1970, I soon found in Dick a friend and kindred spirit. He was someone with whom I could go out and play a gig of any kind (back then we were non too choosey), and I could always count on him to play it with good humor and professionalism. He was fun to hang out with and great to jam with. After being out of touch since the mid '70's, we corresponded last fall, which was a great treat. I had looked forward to resuming the dialogue. With Fegy, the friendship never ended. So long, Dick. Let's pick together again, down the road.

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Subject: Dick, you'll be deeply missed


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Brian Perkins
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Date Posted: 08:03:04 01/30/02 Wed

I've been a fan of the David Bromberg Band for the past 27 years. I can remember seeing the band for the first time at the WPLJ concerts on "The Pier" in NYC. Bromberg, Fegy, and Firmin were always the focal point for me, and I won't soon forget the musical exchanges that occurred when I saw them perform...it was and is obvious that there existed a special conncection for these men, musical soul-mates if you will. I recently saw the DBB at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE...and was fortunate enough to meet David, Dick and the rest of the band. Dick carried non of the pretense that I expected of a man of his talent, and when I asked him for an autograph he did so reluctantly...he seemed genuinely uncomfortable being looked at as a celebrity, and it really left an impression on me. Here was a man that had helped to paint so many musical landscapes, yet he couldn't even recognize how others could look at him with awe. I'll be back in the audience for DBB in May, but I will miss seeing Dick at David's left...somehow it isn't really the same any more...Dick, I thank you for enriching my life with your music and I'm so happy to have had an opportunity to meet you...Brian Perkins

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Subject: East Coast Memorial Celebration


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Kate Spencer
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Date Posted: 10:56:21 01/22/02 Tue

Hi to all Dick's friends. We have a date and a tentative location for a memorial celebration. The date is Saturday April 27. Place, Deerfield, Massachusetts. Space at the house is legally limited to 50 including children; if more than 50 of Dick's close friends are available for this time, I'll look for another location. Please contact me to let me know if you would like to come; also pass the word on to people who might not be watching this forum. You can e-mail me at maplelea@together.net or call me at 802-254-8405 during business hours. Thanks, Kate

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Subject: Goodbye Old Pal (he would have liked that!)


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Date Posted: 16:20:56 12/29/01 Sat

Thanks to Bob and Laurie McCarthy for letting me know about this message board, and to David and Jan Vincent for setting it up.

I've known Dick for well over thirty years. I think I was a junior at Boston University when I met Dick, a freshman, around '68. Both of us were music-crazed and very much out of the popular mainstream as the music we played was bluegrass and old-time country. Even then, he had the talent of being able to listen critically, to pick out the important elements of a tune or a technique, and then to apply it.

Dick joined my old-time band, The Spark Gap Wonder Boys, when our guitar player got drafted, and for a couple of years played with us all over New England and as far south as North Carolina. He had a great sense of humor and an inquisitive mind that was always open to new forms of music. As someone else pointed out, he loved puns and plays on words.

I was always awed by his incredible musical technique. Whatever instrument he touched, he was able to learn. I remember that he decided to learn to play the fiddle. Within a matter of months he was playing that instrument with us on stage. He had the ability to focus and isolate those portions of his technique that were problematic, and correct them quickly.

When our former guitar player, George Nelson (also an awesome picker), returned from Viet Nam, both of them remained in the band. A highlight of our shows was when George and Dick would do one of their fiddle tune medleys. It would literally leave the aspiring guitar pickers in the audience gaping with disbelief!

I've heard this story from several people, and while I haven't verified it with the principals, I have no doubt that it is true: We did a lot of touring and playing colleges during those days, and both the mandolin virtuoso Paul Anastasio and fiddler/mandolinist/singer Tim O'Brien got their first exposures to the music from listening to Dick play during those times.

In 1972, I got invited to play with David Bromberg, and the SGWB broke up. I played mandolin, fiddle, guitar and a few miscellaneous instruments with Bromberg for about a year and a half, and then got a fellowship to grad school. I turned in my notice to Bromberg and he asked if I knew anyone who could replace me as "utility man" in the band. I thought about it and told him, "There is one guy that could do it, but I'm not sure you'll like him because he's a better guitar player than you." (I wasn't very tactful in those days!) But apparently they hit it off, so Dick joined Bromberg and recorded and played with him right up through this past summer.

After Dick moved west, he seldom came back east so I didn't get to play music with him for a long time. I saw his name pop up in various places, recording with this person or that. I heard via the grapevine (and I should have asked him about this when I saw him) that Emmylou Harris had asked him to join her band, but he had turned her down because he didn't want to tour anymore.

A couple of years ago he came back east for some reason -- I think one of his parents had passed away -- and while he was here made contact with some of his old friends. We ran into each other at a party and it was like old times. It was as if twenty years hadn't passed at all. He said he'd really enjoyed being back, and sure enough he made an effort to return and visit once or twice a year. It was such a pleasure to be able to sit down and pick a few with him again.

He always got such a child's joy out of listening to or playing music that he liked. My friend Allen Feldman commented that Dick was without ego when it came to music, that he just loved the sounds that were produced whether he produced them or someone else in the jam did, and that's why people loved playing with him. He would listen to someone's playing, be they beginner or virtuoso, and always find something new to enjoy and learn from in it. He always looked completely happy when he was playing.

The last time I saw him, we spent a long time talking about the future of recorded music and how the Internet was changing the recording industry, about the industry's chagrin at having the standard distribution channels bypassed, and similar topics. And all the time he was talking I got the feeling that he felt that his life was part of a fascinating journey, and that he was so lucky to be taking part in this trip.

You know, we could use a few more people with that attitude. I'll miss him a lot.

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