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Thread #68089   Message #1142550
Posted By: open mike
21-Mar-04 - 07:50 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's passing. (March 20, 2004)
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
When i read of the sad news, i immediately played the LIFE LINE c.d from 1995 which he had recommended to me on a mud cat thread. I feel so fortunate to be in a community where the performers, songwriters, and record label people all interact here on Mudcat. It is a credit to the importance Rick placed on educating musicians that the chords are included along with the lyrics in the "liner notes" what a great inspiration and rare gift! And what a treasure we have hear to be able to celebrate the life and music of such a wonderful man, such as in his album release event of a few weeks ago, where we were able to be together through the efforts of radio and computer technology.
The words on the c.d. which jumped out at me were:
from So Long, Charlie:
"He'd sing....joys of love and sadness when it ends,
... Now millions know his songs and the love he had for life,
So long Charlie, we hate to see you go"
from "If Jeses Was a Picker":
"...With a quartet of the angels singing harmony so grand,
....His talent was God-given his technique was heaven-sent...."
and when I heard LIFELINE by Glen Reid and River Man by John Hartford I couldn't help but think that there may be some paddle
wheel steam boat in the sky that has a couple of fellows leaning
on the rail and watching the swallows swoop by the deck!
Our own Mudcat, Jerry Rasmussen's song says it all
(as mentioned in a previous post)
"Some may leave money from a lifetime of saving,
Some just their name on a marble stone.
It's not what you leave, it;s the joy of remembering,
All I can leave you is a handfull of songs."

Heather, I wish for you the strength to endure thru these coming days.
Treasure your memories. I am sure many of us will join you in that treasuring.