The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89917   Message #1699368
Posted By: Peter T.
21-Mar-06 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding: A Gathering
Subject: Rick Fielding: A Gathering
Two years after Rick's passing, a group of his friends got together last night for a dinner.

I once read in the liner notes to "Northumbrian Rant" that one of the reasons to be interested in folk music was that one looked for the finer things in one's world, found them in music, and then found a real or imagined community in that music. This seems to have been Rick's task, whether it be a community of one or two or more, a community of the here and the gone, the musicians of today and the musical ancestors, or Mudcat (which was one of his and our imagined communities), or just a group of fine friends, like those who met together last night. It is strange to still feel a sense of terrible loss at exactly the same moment that one feels that at any moment he could walk into the restaurant and sit down and it would all start up again as if nothing had happened. But there it is: no easier two years on.

yours,

Peter T.