The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68089   Message #1150526
Posted By: Peg
30-Mar-04 - 07:21 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's passing. (March 20, 2004)
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
I have been away from the forum for several weeks now due to an at-home computer mishap...it saddens me greatly that on the first day I return to the Mudcat I should find such sad news...

I never met Rick but we did have a number of communiques via PM. He'd write to ask me about a whoe range of things, from holistic nutritional advice for dealing with his cancer, to musical stuff, to gods know what. I remember the first time I saw his name in my mailbox and thinking, "Huh? Rick Fielding writing to little old me?" But of course Rick had no such illusions about himself and the great musician everyone said he was. In my experience, he was always kind, witty and eager to make people feel better than they might that day. I'd have dearly loved to share a song circle with him.

I was always struck (and still am) at how universally loved and respected this man (and his music) has been by so many in this community. Hearing of how all of you shared in his friendship makes me feel closer to a man I wish I'd had the pleasure of knowing in the flesh...so thank you, everyone.