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Musicians, Past and Present

posted Apr 16, 2012, 9:26 PM by Margy Barber
Where to begin...well, in the last post I talked about Gershwin...and last night I got to hear Leon Bates and the Chattanooga Symphony give an amazing performance of Rhapsody in Blue.  He performed completely from memory...a few missed notes (for those of you students who are obsessed with a perfect performance, did you know that it rarely happens to ANYONE...even a pro??), but the emotion and!  Good stuff!
What a gift of music Gershwin was given and turned toward us...and think of the hundreds of other classical composers who have done the same or even more to contribute to our musical heritage!  But more recently, I'm feeling the loss of other musicians, both in my life and outside of it....

--Luciano Pavoratti....the great tenor voice of our generation, passed away last month.  He made opera cool for this century.
--Max Roach...drummer who worked with Dizzy Gillespie
But they don't always have to be famous to miss them...
--Dr. Bruce Short, a supportive piano parent for many years in my studio,
--Greg Milam, a  good friend from high school who just visited us with his family 2 just weeks ago, died today suddenly. He played a mean saxophone in high school, and continued to be a music afficiondo his whole (too short) life.  Our hearts go out to his wife Linda and little daughter Alana tonight.

Who are the musicians who have most influenced you? Are they from the past or from your present?  I thank God daily for that handful of people who have most influenced me in my music skill and in my music exposure...most are sadly not a part of my life anymore but their influence is felt constantly.