I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES / HEAR THE WIND BLOW
Today is Dad's first posthumous birthday. Two days ago, we did a tribute concert for him in a nineteenth-century church in Ewing, New Jersey.
While my sister beamed each song's specially chosen photo onto the church wall, we performed about thirty songs, including about eleven that I wrote this year about Dad and some of the people he loved. I was joined by some of the best singers and instrumentalists in the area. Jenny Cat on grand piano, Frank Burk on violin and backing vocals, Nick Crocker on guitar and backing vocals, and Righteous Jolly, James Feichthaler, Pam Crescenzo, and Nelson "JJ" McGarvey as my special guest vocalists.
JJ was not able to make it due to logistical issues (like, the ultimate logistical issues), so I played a recording of him singing in about 1970 on a karaoke machine and sang along with him. Here are The Carter Family's "I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes" and the traditional song "Hear The Wind Blow." I'm glad that my then-teenaged Dad had the foresight to make those recordings.
Thanks to Bob and Helen at 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center for everything, and thanks to Nick Crocker for recording everything.