The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68089   Message #1149640
Posted By: Sandy Paton
30-Mar-04 - 01:23 AM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's passing. (March 20, 2004)
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
Dear Friends All:
    Our whole family is deeply saddened by the passing of a cherished friend and incredibly talented artist. Rick was not only a wonderful singer and brilliant and versatile instrumentalist, his eagerness to share his skill and enthusiasm with others made him an extraordinary teacher.
    Sandy and I first met Rick when we were invited to the Woods Music and Dance Camp in Ontario in 1992. We were tremendously impressed by his singing, playing, and his fine song-writing. I remember a particular song circle at which we were profoundly moved by his powerful song, "Voices of Struggle." Sandy decided then and there that he wanted to make a recording of Rick for Folk-Legacy.
    One thing that was very evident at the camp was Rick's willingness to help students of all levels of ability, and to back up other musicians. He could play so many different styles, and was happy to help them all, whatever the genre.
    Rick came down to the States to be with us here in Sharon, and his Folk-Legacy recording, "Lifeline," was then released in 1995. In the process of making the record, we gained not just an important recording artist, but a beloved friend. Over the years there were many more visits and concerts -- and many discussions about life and music and politics. Two outstanding leather carvings adorn the walls of our living room, one being a glorious rendition of our logo, the Green Man. Rick's artistry, his warmth, his humanity, and his goodness have truly blessed our lives.
    Heather, we think of you daily, and hope that it comforts you, somehow, to realize that Rick meant so very much to so many people.
    Caroline (and Sandy) Paton