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Thread #68124   Message #1253248
Posted By: GUEST,Big Mick in Toronto
22-Aug-04 - 01:23 AM
Thread Name: An Open Letter to Rick Fielding
Subject: RE: An Open Letter to Rick Fielding
Hi buddy. I would say I miss you, but the simple fact is that you are everywhere. Hard to miss someone in conditions like that. Maybe instead, I will just say that I miss giving you a hug.

As you know, I spent the day at your house. Heather decided to host a gathering while Jed, Jeri, and I were in town. I have to tell you, pal, that it felt wonderful to be back in that yard singing with the people whose lives you touched. Eve Goldberg, Rick Speyer, Paul Mills, Jed, Justapicker, Peter T., Marion, Kathy, Jed ... it was just amazing. And the music that came out was phenomenal. Someone said that the only way it could have been better was if you were there. I kind of chuckled and looked at Jeri. I think we both knew that you were there. I was having a brainfart, probably wine induced, and so I sang a "safe" song. I swear I could hear you hollerin' at me to not do that.

Just in case you were wondering if your friends knew you were about, it was pretty evident that they did.   Paul is such a good man and such a good friend. You left the music in good hands with him, my friend. By the way, I hope you don't mind what I did with "Voices of Struggle". It is just the way I feel it.

I have to tell you, my friend, that the woman you shared this life with is absolutely amazing. I am so proud of her and how she works through all this. You need never worry, buddy. We are all here for her, as she is for us.

See you down the road,