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Thread #82637   Message #1519869
Posted By: GUEST,Lynn Noel
11-Jul-05 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: Barry Finn in hospital (July-Aug 2005)
Subject: RE: Barry Finn in hospital
Barry, you know how much I love your singing of Juliana, and it didn't seem right that our first of a new chantey sing series lacked your voice, spirit, and energy. You were hard at work starting a regular sing when I first came back to Boston seven years ago, even if it meant driving home from the North End to Portsmouth after bar time! We might not have had a Chanteyboat at the Boston Folk Festival at all if you hadn't shared your harbor cruise set with me that first year, and the audience quote is still on the front page of my website: knowing that it belongs to you as much, if not more, than to me.

"" I was expecting to get a nice little cruise around the harbor to see the sights, but hearing your voices I had attention for nothing else." (Boston Folk Festival)"

I feel the same way every time I hear you sing. I can't count the times we've sung together, from Mystic to Old Songs to the Little Red Lighthouse to the Press Room, but I treasure every one and look forward to the next. You're going to get through this and come sing with us at MIT on the Charles, because I know that having a regular chantey sing in Boston is as much your dream as mine. You are in my thoughts and prayers: with a separate prayer thread for you and the children, Justine! The Finn Family is precious to us all.

Please let us know when it's OK to have visitors, and I'll be there in a flash (packet). When you're up to it, we'll mount a Chantey Raid on Mass General, see if we don't! Yesterday we headed over to the MIT Museum and sang for the clipper ship paintings, and I know you would have loved every minute of it. We needed you, kid: you still have to teach me the Flying Cloud!

Love and prayers to all,