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Subject: The Woodshop

Richard Wedler
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Date Posted: 14:24:56 12/30/01 Sun

We've been jamming at my wood/cabinet shop for over twenty years now. We started out meeting on Wednesdays each week with five or six players who just wanted to play..for the pure joy of it...mostly acoustic instruments...guitars, banjos, dobros, fiddles...we've gone through phases that brought in keyboards, percussion, electricity... An amazing parade of musicians has passed though these sessions, some famous, some not, but all who have come share the same love of playing...the same joy and comeraderie of sitting with an ensemble of friends and conversing through laughter and music.
Six or seven years ago, someone invited, (I think it was Gurf Morlix), a mandolin player they thought might like our group and fit in comfortably. One Wednseday evening a quiet, bearded fellow walked in with several cases, sat down and fit as seamlessly into the mix as anyone ever has. No attitude, no issues, just music. Damn fine music.
Since that night, I don't believe Dick ever missed a Wednesday night. Whether he brought the mandolin, the banjo, the dobro or the guitar, the results were the consistently the same. Tasteful, playful and clean. It's very difficult to imagine what our jams will be like without this man's presence.
I shared many personal experiences with Dick as well, from Dodger games to guitar conventions to just dinner and pickin' as a duo. He was a friend in the true meaning of the concept. I've never met anyone who felt otherwise. Not long ago Cody Bryant described him as "the Volkswagon that pulls quietly up to the drag race with five hundred horsepower under the hood."
I, and I'm sure all who knew Dick Fegy will miss him greatly and have been blessed by knowing him. He'd want us to keep playing.

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