Greetings everyone! If you have tried to contact me in the last month or so, and I didn’t respond right away, it’s because I’ve been grieving the loss of my Mother on Tuesday April 13th, 2010 and although it’s been almost two months now, I am just beginning to accept it.
Of all the women I’ve lost in my life, this is the one that really broke my heart. My Mom was originally a Canadian Citizen from Edmonton, Alberta, and was a singer in the USO at the time. She went to see Duke Ellington in Canada, and became friends with Duke, and his drummer, Sonny Greer. She practically got ran out of town because she had dinner with Sonny and the Band.
At a later date, when she was in the States, Duke invited her to sit in with the band, singing. My Mother taught me what real love is, and what it really means as she always put my sister’s, and my happiness, before her own.
My CD, “Troubled Times”, I’ve recorded with Chris Goddard has a hidden track at the end of a Test Demonstration Record my Mom made in New York City in 1940 singing accapella.
Today I got news that one of my dearest and best friends, Mitch Faber, passed away this last Tuesday. Mitch was a big part of my life, and despite our ups-and-downs, I loved him dearly.
I was in my first band with Mitch, as well as many others over the years. Mitch was the founder of “The Casuals”, and was a great guitarist, with his own distinct style.
I have many memories of playing High School parties, and Jamming at his flat on the corner of Height and Ashbury in San Francisco.
Mitch had a wicked sense of humor, and a sharp mind, one of the most intelligent people I know, and I will miss him dearly.
My sister Christina, trying to comfort me, said that it’s part of the circle of life, and to remember that he’s not in pain anymore.