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Thread #136304   Message #3114344
Posted By: CupOfTea
15-Mar-11 - 02:42 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Jack Hardy - (1947-2011)
Subject: RE: Obit: Jack Hardy - 11 March 2011
Sympathies to those who mourn this great guy, most of whom had more numerous, more substantial, and deeper deeper memories of Jack than my brief, happy exposure.

I've been late to the party way too many times, never getting to see performers whose work I'd later come to cherish, like Kate Wolf and Stan Rogers. I got to see Jack Hardy for the first time in 2009 at Fox Valley (Illinios) Folk Festival. He played solo and with "Folk Brother" David Massengill. I was enchanted with Jack, with intentions to catch-up with getting recordings of him.

Meeting him so late in his alloted span is tragic on the face of it, but in another, a prod to listen more to friends telling me "You have GOT to hear this guy/girl/band." There are SO many good folks out there, good people, great performers, brilliant writers, astounding players, it might be impossible to know them all if you're not part of the music industry.

Rather than kicking myself for "how could I have MISSED this guy for decades?" (Or Brian Peters or Mick Lane or any other recent introductions), I'm aware of delight yet to come. I still have Jack Hardy albums to listen to for the first time, and I'll be sad that it's not after a live concert, but he (and others) still bring the musical joy to us as long as recordings exist. How fortunate to live in a time when this is so.

Joanne in Cleveland