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Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014

GUEST 26 Feb 14 - 05:10 AM
GUEST,guest rb 26 Feb 14 - 08:38 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Feb 14 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 27 Feb 14 - 03:28 AM
keberoxu 09 Nov 15 - 06:54 PM
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GUEST,gillymor 10 Nov 15 - 01:38 PM
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Subject: Obit: Paco de Lucía
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 05:10 AM

Spanish guitarist dies in Mexico, aged 66.


Paco de Lucía muere


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía
From: GUEST,guest rb
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 08:38 AM

a great one


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 11:43 AM

A great guitarist. I play his CDs frequently.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 27 Feb 14 - 03:28 AM

Oh dear! Paco meant so much to me. Truly one of the greatest guitarists in history.


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Subject: Obit: requested: for Paco de Lucia
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Nov 15 - 06:54 PM

Good heavens to Murgatroyd, youse guys. All the guitarists on this forum, and nobody started a thread when Paco de Lucia died. What gives?!

It's been over twenty months already. He died in early 2014. He wasn't all that old, either, but he had lived enough for several lifetimes. People who don't know that much about him have heard his name, as his music and recordings made him famous and wealthy. Look closely at what is out there, though, and you will find relatively few interviews, and a great many people who will admit that he was a private person. His guitar playing blazed trails and many artists, not exclusively guitarists, drew inspiration from him.

It was my good fortune, on my only trip to Spain, to be in Granada when his septet appeared in concert, in one of the civic halls, so what I observed was nothing like a "juerga."   It was the sort of event to which the public could bring their families, beginning at a set time, with admission by tickets, and ending at a decent hour. Now, I had studied Federico Garcia Lorca's writing and knew there was such a thing as "duende," and did not count on being zapped by it under these conditions.

And I guess I wasn't zapped, either. I was just impressed and honored. It was the kind of playing where you sit very still and breathe carefully so as not to miss a single note, nor even the expressive and dramatic silences between the notes. That said, the "aficionados" in attendance had their own ritual. With the first expressive phrase or musical gesture of each piece, the music would pause as if for breath, and low voices would rumble "OLE," I said LOW voices, and it was a bit like distant thunder. Then as the tension and drama built from the beginning of the piece to its end, the "OLEs" would build with it, rising in pitch and volume. Darned if it wasn't almost like a worship service.

What was he like? He made it look natural, that's all. No fuss or flourishes, just doing his job. As I recall the year was 1993 so that is a while ago now.

I have seen some reporting, now, on his passing and the formalities that followed. He had two marriages and two families. From what I can make out, both families, spouses included, loved him unreservedly. The first household was greatly affected by his career taking him away so much. The death of his father, whose influence in his formation was incalculable, may also have brought on a sort of mid-life crisis that provoked him to make personal changes. So there was a time when he withdrew from the punishing touring schedule of his youth, and kept to himself, then resumed. Most telling of all to me, his peers and fellow musicians, en masse, regretted his passing and were grateful that his presence had blessed this world.
Yes, somebody started a thread. -Mod


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Nov 15 - 07:26 PM

Well thanks, Moderator. Wonder why I did a search on his name, but the obit thread failed to appear. Maybe the search engine prefers older threads to newer ones? and the obit thread was too new?
If you don't reset the "Age", the search just looks for threads active today. I don't know if that's why you didn't find it, but maybe... Otherwise, glad I could help. -Mod


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 01:38 PM

I didn't even know Mr. de Lucia had passed. I remember when I first heard him, on an Al Dimeola LP, I almost traded my Strat for a flamenco guitar. He was a fine artist. RIP.


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Subject: reset the
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 02:50 PM

Sorry, Moderator, but....WHAT? "Age"? I don't see "Age" at the Advanced Search. Please could you rephrase that in terms of a word I can literally see on the page? Or tell me where the word "Age" appears? I am completely lost.
Sorry--I meant the "Filter" search on the main threads page.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 03:14 PM

duhhhhhh. Thanks, I needed that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 03:32 PM

The obituary is listed under the name Paco de Lucía. There are other posts under the name Paco de Lucia, but not the obituary. In posting terms with "special characters" or alternate spellings, it can be a good idea to include the alternates in a thread to make searching comprehensive. In general, I don't like to see "special characters" in thread titles because it throws off the Filter, which is our fastest and easiest search engine - I've fought and lost that battle many times.
-Joe Offer-

P.S. There are lots of search tips in our FAQ/Newcomer's Guide


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Nov 15 - 03:41 PM

You mean this is all about the acute accent on the letter i ??

No wonder, then....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Paco de Lucía - Feb 26, 2014
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Nov 15 - 12:33 PM

"La Busqueda" is the name of a documentary about Paco de Lucia. Filmed independently in Spain, it can be found in DVD form at Amazon dot es . It was only released posthumously. I suppose there is the usual formatting question, meaning that a Spanish DVD will play on some DVD players and not on others?

Not only was the documentary done entirely with de Lucia's cooperation, but the person in charge was Francisco "Curro" Sanchez Varela, who is de Lucia's oldest son (he has two sisters older than he is). So "La Busqueda" ends up being very personal; its critical reception has been positive as well. I think the title translates as either "The Quest" or "The Search."


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