February 10, 2012

Ten years ago today

... the music world, indeed the whole world lost a pillar for peace... a genius for good. If you will forgive me, I'll take this moment to remember. He did better performance... far better... but this is the best I could do with You Tube. I guess much of what he did went unrecorded. This will have to do.


Dave Van Ronk, the acclaimed blues and folk singer, guitarist, songwriter and teacher, died February 10, 2002 at the age of 65. His death came three months after surgery for colon cancer. Since then there has been none stepping forward to fill his shoes, and there is little liklihood anyone ever will. Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton... dozens of others have a debt owed to this one insignificant picker and singer... a man who wrote the music made famous by others, but never considered himself an artist.

Humans die. Art lives so long as someone remembers. Origins are important.



Old NFO said...

No only one hellva picker, one hellva writer too! He is missed...