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Rick Fielding's passing. (March 20, 2004)

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Subject: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Bill Garrett
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:05 PM

Our friend Rick Fielding passed away Saturday evening March 20th. after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Originally a native of Montréal, Quebec, Rick was smitten by folk and blues music as a teenager.. He later moved to Toronto and in a career that spanned over thirty years toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
He recorded albums for Folk Legacy and Borealis. and happily managed to finish his latest album "Acoustic Workshop" while struggling with his illness.
Apart from touring and playing his own music Rick taught acoustic techniques on guitar, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer, ran workshops on songwriting and professional development for musicians, did custom leather work, and hosted the radio show Acoustic Workshop on CIUT-FM 89.5.

Above all Rick was a giving person as a performer. teacher and friend.He will be missed deeply by all who knew him.

A celebration of Rick's life and music will probably take place in late spring. We'll post more information here as it becomes available.
Bill


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:10 PM

I guess we'll have to finally meet face to face down the raod Rick...

Take ye care till I see's ya mate!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:12 PM

God bless you and angels welcome you to glory, my friend. Love, condolences, and an open ear, to Heather. May you find a soft place to land and joy for all time.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Acme
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:17 PM

In his own words.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:19 PM

Rick,
Friend, Teacher, thanks for your encouragement and support. I will miss you.

Heather you have my deepest and sincerest condolonces.

Ron Belanger


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:21 PM

your love for music lives on...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Tony Burns
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:26 PM

The loss of a true friend to all of us.

Sing with the angels Rick.

Deepest sympathy and love to you Heather.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:26 PM

Our world is poorer today. Words fail.
Rest you well, Rick.
Heather, our thoughts are with you.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:29 PM

In so many ways Rick represented to me the best of what Mudcat had to offer. He was kind, he was funny, he offered helpful hints on guitar method, he knew traditional as well as contemporary folk and most of the people who perform it. I never met him, but our exchanges in this forum made me feel as if I had a good friend in Toronto.

I will find some solace in his music today, and we who called Rick a friend can all take strength from the "handful of songs" he has left us.

Ernie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:36 PM

Heather,

I feel I know you from the loving words Rick gave to us all on Mudcat. I'm just so sorry. Know that we share your sadness.

Art and Carol Thieme


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Alice
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:43 PM

Heather, there are no words adequate to express what I feel. My heart goes out to you. Take care.

Love,

Alice Flynn


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:43 PM

Heather, I am so, so sorry. Roger and I are holding you in our hearts and thoughts and will never, ever forget Rick and his incredible, wonderful gifts of self and music.

Wonder if he's singing with the angels or cutting up with Quentin Crisp.

Goodbye, Rick, we love you,

luvyakat&Rog


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: kendall
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:45 PM

Oh no... I'm devastated. can't think.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: DonMeixner
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:48 PM

One of my best memories is sitting in Rick's garden with Rick, Heather, some family and friends and playing music. I will cherish the memory.

My deepest condolences to Heather and their family.

Don


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Pene Azul
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:51 PM

My deepest condolences to Heather, and all of Rick's family and friends. I'll always remember Rick's kindness, sense of humor, and incredible talent. Imagine how many people have been influenced and inspired by Rick, and how many people they influence and inspire in kind.

Jeff


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: black walnut
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 12:58 PM

With love and memories and sadness,
from Debbie & others in the Song Circle and The Woods Music and Dance Camp


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: bbc
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:03 PM

I feel very thankful that I had the opportunity to know Rick--a tremendously talented, kind, giving person. He confronted his illness with bravery & without complaint; may we profit from his example. The world is lessened w/ his passing. Heather, no meaningful words come to mind to express my feelings, but please know that I sympathize with your great loss.

best always,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Morticia
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:04 PM

I am so, so sorry to hear this, I will miss him so much.All my love and good thoughts to you, Heather.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:05 PM

What a terrible loss! Our hearts and prayers go out to Heather and their families. Rick was a gracious, modest, generous man and he will be greatly missed.

Jerry and Ruth


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Dave Swan
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:34 PM

I came home from work this morning to find Pam in tears. She had just received a phone call from Peter T.

Pam's in the next room playing a dulcimer which Rick gave her, and I'm trying to find words.

Many of us are shaken by this. Our world is smaller and quieter.

Our hearts go out to Heather.

And a song goes out to Rick.

Dave & Pam


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:35 PM

I just don't know what to say....Heather and family, all my deepest condolences....in my heart, I will dedicate today's matinee performance to him....


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:38 PM

I'd always hoped that someday he'd be across here and I'd get a chance to meet him and hear him. He'd been planning a trip a few years ago I seem to remember. Not to be.

Rick's presence here on the Cat was one of the best things about the place - especially the technical threads he'd start about guitar playing. It'd be great if someone could bring them together in some way, maybe as a permathread with an index or something. Did he ever write a tutor book? If he didn't perhaps the advice he gave in the threads could be the basis of one.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:41 PM

Very sorry to hear this.
Rest in Peace Rick.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: kendall
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:41 PM

...but we'll never hear his gentle voice again...It will be a long time before I can listen to Rick sing this song again. God, it hurts.

Heather, my deepest sympathy to you and yours. Words fail me.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: CarolC
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:43 PM

We'll miss you Rick. Have fun in your new adventure.

Heather, we are thinking of you, and we send our best thoughts and wishes to you and to your families. You've had a lot of challenges in the last few years. Here's hoping that you receive whatever comfort and support you need at this time, and that your life becomes a lot easier beginning right now.

Carol and Rob


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Francy
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:50 PM

"Does his soul live on in the engine's song,as the striker checks the gears?    Is he still afloat on an old steamboat, after he's gone from here".....Listening to you now Rick....Later my friend...Frank of Toledo


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Micca
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:50 PM

Heather, My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies at this time,He was well liked and much loved in his time and who can ask for better than that.
I was so taken with Rick when I met him at the Getaway, so much that i sat in on a Guitar workshop he ran with Jed Marum on picking styles, since I do not play guitar or any other instrument you will understand the mans ability to communicate his Joy and love of his instrument when I tell you that the time flew by and I was not bored for a second.

"Sing no sad songs for me Shed You no tears
Its not what I would want If I were here
But sing my songs aloud Drink pots of Beer
but no sad songs for me Shed you no tears
Chorus   
Sing no sad songs for me
Live like tomorrow
Will Never be "


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Frug
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:53 PM

Although I didn't know Rick personally, I did exchange a couple of PM's a while ago..........I think that the warmth and generosity of the man's spirit is embodied in his many postings to Mudcat and in particular the way he tried to share his skills, knowledge and experience. A very sad loss.........Deepest sympathy to Heather and family members.


Frank


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Justa Picker
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 01:54 PM

Heather, I'm speechless.
You know how I felt about Rick.
My deepest condolences and if there's ANYTHING I can do,
you know where to reach me.

Love,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Devilmaster
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:09 PM

I got to meet Heather and Rick a year or so ago when he played at Windsor Folk.....

A traditional naval wish:

Fair Winds And A Following Sea, Rick.

My Thoughts and Prayers, Heather, Family and Friends.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:13 PM

SO sorry to hear this. He will be sadly missed but his music will live on.

Keeping Heather in our thoughts.

May you rest well Rick

Khatt x


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:25 PM

I am at a loss for words. I will miss Rick so much and my thoughts are with you Heather.

Love,

Eve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Willie-O
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:26 PM

Damn. We knew it was coming, but...

Heather, your sorrow is ours. Rick touched so many lives, it is hard to fathom this loss, but we know you will miss him most of all. We all will.

Love
Bill


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:30 PM

Sad news indeed. We offer our condolences to Heather.

Jon and Pip Freeman


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:30 PM

Great sadness here. I'll always hear Rick's singing and the beautiful thoughts he expressed in threads here. He touched my heart many times, and like all good teachers, seemed to bring out the best in people around him.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: alanabit
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:36 PM

I am one of many here who never met Rick face to face, but are stunned by his death nevertheless. He wrote in a posting here about a year ago that he would just have to face the situation with as much dignity and humour as he could. I guess that's what he did. All the time I wanted to believe that this wasn't really going to happen.
I can hear his lovely singing and playing on his CD. Maybe that's what he would have wanted. My condolences to all his family and many friends. We won't see another like him.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: harvey andrews
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:36 PM

Heather, Wendy and I send all our love. You're a very special person and we will be thinking of you lots.

In all my years in music Rick was the person I most wanted to spend time with, and I know a lot of other people felt the same. I met him late in life and really resented the fact we lived an ocean apart. He was highly intelligent,loved a discussion,was curious about everything and very honest in his opinions. He was a great listener and story teller. His love of British humour was endearing, the Goons particularly tickled his fancy. He was fascinated by the lives of the creative. I remember his enthusiasm for the diaries of Benjamin Haydon and Kenneth Williams and his joyful response to a biography of Lord Buckley I'd sent him which he read twice in a matter of days.
I've not met a better man or friend than Rick Fielding and I'm going to miss him terribly.
He gave me a leather guitar strap he'd worked with the title of one of my albums on it. I've worn it to every gig since, so Rick will be on stage with me until the last song.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Arnie & Kathy
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:41 PM

Rick has touched our lives in many ways over the years. We are deeply saddened and He will be greatly missed in our small folk music community. Our thoughts our with you Heather at this time.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Little Robyn
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:41 PM

A sad loss to the world but he'll be singing with the angels tonight.
We'll play a track on our radio show next Sunday.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: balladeer
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:42 PM

Heather, Adam and I are thinking of you today. Rick made a difference. Love, Joanne


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: MMario
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:42 PM

I hate it how words fail me at times like these.   So instead - this is for rick; though not written about him - it certainly fits.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: fat B****rd
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:45 PM

Rick replied to a thread I was involved in some time ago. He was courteous and friendly and I'm truly sorry to hear that he's gone. My sympathies to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: KathWestra
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:48 PM

Rick was an extraordinary human being first, an extraordinary musician and teacher too. The human being--generous, kind, funny, incisive, thoughtful, courageous, intolerant of injustice, patient with those who were struggling (musically, personally...). I was lucky to have him as a friend. We are all still lucky to have his songs on recordings. This is such sad, sad news.

Heather, I had just written and mailed a note to you and Rick yesterday. I hope Rick knew how much he was loved, even though he'll never get to read it. And for you, much much love. Know that you are a special part of this community and that there is (and will continue to be) much love and support through and beyond this difficult time. Love you. Kathy


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mooh
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:53 PM

What a loss! We are so sorry, and our hopes and prayers are with Heather. "May light perpetual shine upon him."

Peace, Mike and Tami Crocker.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:15 PM

There are no words.

Heather, I'm holding you in my heart.

Love,
Allison


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amergin
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:20 PM

Shocked...I had always hoped he would beat this...damn I'm in tears now...I had always wanted to meet him, He was kind and funny and a good guy. Who knows maybe we'll finally meet one day...

Heather, my thoughts are with you.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:25 PM

I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. My sincerest sympathy to Heather.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:29 PM

Here's a link to a song I wrote a few years ago, when my wife's mother died, and I sang it when my brother died; and I always seem to sing it when someone I care about dies - Over the Edge of the World

And here's the first verse:

Now you've left us behind and you've gone on your way,
over the edge of the world.
You left without warning with so much to say.
Are you just round the corner, or far far away?
Well, goodbye, and I hope I might see you some day,
over the edge of the world.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:29 PM

There are a number of people I've met on the Mudcat who I've always hoped to meet up with in person. Rick was high on that list. I imagined listening to him play, and talking about great baseball teams of the past (and the BlueJays)...some other time, my friend. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Heather and the rest of his family and many good friends.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: mooman
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:30 PM

Very deepest and most sincere condolances to Heather from Patricia and myself.

Peace

Richard


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:39 PM

I am profoundly grateful that I had the chance to meet Rick a few times, know him, see him perform onstage, and share in the music with him. May you journey on to the very best, Rick. I'll play some more harmonica for you on the other side one fine day. Vaya con Dios, my friend.

"Lay down your weary tune, lay down
Lay down the song you strum
And rest yourself neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum."

And, Heather, my thoughts are with you.

- LH


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:46 PM

"We will meet, but we will miss him-
There will be one vacant chair...."

the man PLAYED!
but what I remember best is Rick, surrounded by friends
and more, doing what he did best

We are all better for having known him...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: greg stephens
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 05:47 PM

Heather
So recently you were offering me helpful advice about visiting Canada. So often I have read stuff from Rick about this that and the other. I loved him deeply because he cared about what I cared about, and we laughed at each other about what we thought was funny.
My thoughts are with all of you there
greg


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: okthen
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:00 PM

Rick represented the best of this place, I thought he had beaten it, I am so sorry to be wrong.
My sincere condolences to his family.
bill


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:01 PM

Those we love truly never die,
Though year by year the sad memorial wreath,
A ring and flowers, types of life and death,
Are laid upon their graves.

For death the pure life saves,
And life all pure is love; and love can reach
From heaven and earth, nobler lessons teach
Than those by mortals read.

Well blest is he who has one dear dead:
A friend he has whose face will never change --
A dear communion that will not grow strange;
The anchor of a love is death.

The blessed sweetness of a loving breath
Will reach our cheek all fresh through weary years.
For he who died long since, ah! waste not tears,
He's thine unto the end.

Thank God for one dear friend,
With face still radiant with the light of truth.
Whose love comes laden with the scent of youth,
Through twenty years of death.


John Boyle O'Reilly

I will never forget the friendship this man shared with me. He will forever be with me as he was on a sunny June day. His friendship was freely given, his caring nature easily felt. He was one of those people that you felt like you had known forever, even though just met.

Heather, you know that you have deepest condolences. One of the inspirational things that have come of all this, was watching you and how you were there for your Rick every step of the way. No one has ever had a more devoted and better partner to face this journey with.

So now it falls to us. Finding his voice in others will be easy, all we have to do is look around. Anyone who ever met him carries it.

I think I shall forever remember him at the last Getaway he and Heather attended. There he was in the blues pickup session with the players he loved playing with, the cream of the crop, players that would challenge his abilities. This is the one he was waiting for. As he is playing he notices a young woman, clearly a new player, skills not quite there ... and what does Rick do? Sits down in back and starts giving her lessons and tips on how to hit the changes.

Well done, good friend. We are all better for your coming, and sad at your going.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:09 PM

I can't begin to say how sorry I am for the loss of Rick. I won't pretend to know him nearly as well or for as long as many of you have. I met Rick through the Mudcat. I will say that I considered him a friend.

Rick was an extraordinary person who inspired me not only musically, but personally. I don't think that I have ever met anyone so in tune with who he was. He lived his life according to his rules, having foregone having to play Jimmy Buffet songs to drunks in bars to play his music on his terms. Rick was creative, inventive and most of all supportive of anyone who was interested in being supported by him. I could go on about his incredible love and knowledge of music, but I won't. We've all seen it here. It was Rick the person that I was drawn to, and it is Rick the person that I am missing now.

I always thought that Rick and Heather were one of the most remarkable couples I've met. Rick could not have been Rick without Heather. I know that Rick's pain is now over, Heather's is just beginning.

I know that Rick was an agnostic. I am not. I hope that it is me who is right.

Rick, thank you for making a difference in my life.

Heather, Karen and I are both thinking of you. God Bless.                     

Steve and Karen Latimer


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:11 PM

There may have been Mudcatters equal to what Rick meant to us, both as a group and individually, but none were better.

To say he will be missed may be stating the obvious, but so true.

I think I'll go put on a Washington Phillips song just for him, with one by Alfred Karnes for good measure.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:12 PM

To Heather--heartfelt condolences and sympathy from Lisa Null and me, and whatever comfort your friends here can bring you, now and in the future.

I first met Rick when he came to play in Washington DC back in 1999. It was the beginning of long admiration for both the man and his music. I got to know him better here at Mudcat, and then when he came to the FSGW Getaway.

I think the line for guitar lessons is forming three hallways down on the left from the Pearly Gates. With his infinite patience, everyone in heaven will get a turn. The heavenly music of the guitar will supplant a lot of harps.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Alba
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:16 PM

Heather, I am so sad to hear of Rick's passing.
You are in my Thoughts and in my Heart.
Fly High Rick Fielding you are a Giant of a Man who gave so much to so many, I can only imagine how much pleasure You will bring to where You are now. No doubt still sharing Your Kindness, Huge Talent and endless Knowledge and your sense of wonderful Humor. To say You will be sorely missed is indeed and understatement.
With Love, Light and Blessings.
Sadly
Jude.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:22 PM

Heather,
I am sorry that he is gone but glad his sufferings are over. You and he are loved. Whatever you need - just ask.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:25 PM

Oh, no! Please, if there's anything I can, don't hesitate to ask. My heart and thoughts are with you, Heather, even though we've never met.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Wesley S at Home
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:29 PM

WHO WILL SING FOR ME ?

By John Thomas Ely

Oft I sang for my friends, when deaths cold hand I see
When I reach my journeys end, who will sing one song for me ?
I wonder who, will sing for me ?
When I'm called to cross that silent sea
Who will sing for me ?

When friends shall gather round, and look down on me
Will they turn and walk away, or will they sing one song for me?
I wonder who, will sing for me ?
When I'm called to cross that silent sea
Who will sing for me ?

So I'll sing 'til the end, contented I will be
Assured that some friend will sing one song for me.
I wonder who, will sing for me ?
When I'm called to cross that silent sea
Who will sing for me ?


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amos
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:30 PM

Heather:

I have been a fool, hoping against hope that I would never see this day, and of course, here we are, speechless with sorrow.

If you need anything I can offer, you know it is yours.

A


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amergin
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:38 PM

Silent Voices
(star of the county down)

In the woods one night, round a fire bright
Were my loved ones, dead and gone,
I stood and stared in the frosty air,
And the moon was pale and drawn;
Oh, they looked at me and smiled at me
And they beckoned me to a chair,
But I stood amazed, in the glowing blaze
And I thought, "Was I really there?"

CHORUS:
Oh, their voices rang and the coyotes sang,
And the laughter began to roar.
Round the crackling might of the fire bright
Were the voices I shall hear no more.

"Sit down" they said and I shook my head
To clear the visions of my dream,
But the forms they stayed so I obeyed,
And their eyes began to gleam
They began to sing and the woods to ring,
Twas a song that I heard before,
Oh, in the fiery heat they sounded sweet
The voices I shall hear no more

(Chorus)

The coyotes wailed as they told their tales
Of the life upon the range;
I looked around as the flames died down
And the skies began to change.
The mists arose and I watched them go
And my heart grew pale with woe,
With a tearful cry I bade goodbye
To the voices I'll hear no more.

(Chorus)

Now among the trees in the wintry breeze
On the paths I walk alone
With great delight I found where the fire bright
Burned red among the stones.
Amidst the storm the coals were warm
From the craic of the night before,
I smiled my friend for in the wind
Whispered the voices I'll hear no more.

Nathan Tompkins


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: annamill
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:48 PM

To Heather, his wife. his family, and to everyone at Mudcat who was enriched by his music, humor and knowledge, Glenn and I send our deepest sympathy and love.

We listen to Rick almost every Sunday morning to make our lives a little bit brighter. Next Sunday will be very hard and Glenn and I will listen a little bit closer to his wonderful music.

We are so very sorry for your loss, Heather.

We will miss him.

Love, Anna and Glenn Hamill


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: ex-pat
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:53 PM

I never met Rick but loved his radio show and he sent me one of his banjo mutes. What a loss.
Rest in Peace Sir.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 06:55 PM

We are going down the vally, one by one... so hard to say goodby to such a young one of us- and yet his is a very old soul, and familiar to mine, even though we never met in the flesh. I always wonder where our souls "pass on" to; what is the next world like? I wonder...but whatever it is like, Rick Fielding will be a wonderful and welcome addition. I feel that Death is an end, but also a beginning. The sadness is deepest for the living, for the living mourn his departure, but there is, and should be, also great joy and honor for a life so well lived. Love and prayers, Jean


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: C-flat
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:00 PM

Like many others I only knew Rick from his postings here but he seemed to personify what is best about Mudcat. A knowledgable and generous man who loved music and the way music brings people together.
A great loss to us all.
C-flat.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:12 PM

Dear Heather , I am sorry to hear this news. It was realy wonderful making friends with Rick here and he will be sorely missed, I know, by one and all. . Yours , Guy Wolff


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Carly
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:28 PM

I read these words through tears. I feel the loss of a great soul to our world. I feel priviledged to have known Rick, and his kindness, humor and love of music. The nearest thing to immortality that I can be certain of is to be carried in the hearts of others, and Rick will always have a place in mine, as clearly he has in many; I can only hope to carry on and impart to others those gifts he shared with us of music and of living.

Heather, I am so sorry that you must go through this loss. If there is any way I can be of help, please ask.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:31 PM

It's hard to think of what I want to write. There are so many things running through my head now.

Heather, I love you.

He was my best friend. He'd share secrets of the "don't ever tell anyone this" variety with me, and shortly after would write it all in a post or put it in the liner notes to his CD. It took a very long time for me to believe he really cared about me as much as he did. I thought I was nobody. It's a hard thing to do to make a person change the way they see themselves, but he did it. He made me believe there is something in me that made it worth his love and faith in me.

Over the too-short time I knew him, I came to discover he was a lot deeper than I'd imagined, and I'd imagined he was pretty deep. I think he hid much of that depth, undoubtedly because it would have scared some people. I remember once feeling the need to tell him what I felt about his influence on my life. He let me ramble on, and when I got done, said, "I knew that." He did, too.

He said he knew how much folks cared about him, then came the CD release on-line and the hundreds of e-mails from all over the world. I think maybe he had a bit more of a clue after that.

There hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't thought of him, and I don't think that will change anytime soon. I'll think of him very time I pick up a guitar; every time I play his melodeon; every time I try to improvise something on any instrument; every time I write a song; every time I see somebody play a wimp F chord; every time I drink a vanilla milkshake or eat fried eggs, something with the Dreaded Vegetable in it, grits or cornbread, and every time I laugh at something others don't think is very funny.

I have one of his straps too. When I was up there at Christmas, I was removing the back cushions on the sofa so I could sleep on it, and found a strap that had fallen back there. I told Rick about it the next day, and he gave it to me. He'd always meant to make one for me, but never managed. He said he thought this one was the first he'd made, and he'd used it on his mandolin. It's not very fancy, and it's beat all to hell and has "RICK" on it in great big letters. I don't think he could have made me a brand new strap that would be as precious to me as that one is. It's not as precious as the memories I have, though.

There's a picture I've been 'painting' on computer of a cabin, high above a lush green expanse. Its walls are made of music, and inside, there is always love. Always.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Peace
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:34 PM

Just learned of this and I am both shocked and saddened. He was a gentleman and a musician's musician. Be with the Big Guy big guy.

Bruce M


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:36 PM

I am so sad. Rick was one of the reasons I kept coming back to mudcat. Never met him. Never will. I am so sad.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:40 PM

Damn! Another one gone that I've long admired and was hoping to meet someday soon. Rest gentle, man.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Nancy King
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:47 PM

What incredibly sad news. The fact that we knew it was coming lessens the shock factor, but not the devastating sadness.

I can't think of anyone who made a greater impression on folks at the Getaway -- not only as a musician, but also as a friendly, generous, intelligent and fun-loving person. And his knowlegeable, patient and humorous contributions to this forum will be missed sorely.

Heather, you have my deepest sympathy. Know that you have many friends around the world, all thinking of you and wishing you the best.

Sing with the angels, Rick.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: open mike
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:50 PM

When i read of the sad news, i immediately played the LIFE LINE c.d from 1995 which he had recommended to me on a mud cat thread. I feel so fortunate to be in a community where the performers, songwriters, and record label people all interact here on Mudcat. It is a credit to the importance Rick placed on educating musicians that the chords are included along with the lyrics in the "liner notes" what a great inspiration and rare gift! And what a treasure we have hear to be able to celebrate the life and music of such a wonderful man, such as in his album release event of a few weeks ago, where we were able to be together through the efforts of radio and computer technology.
The words on the c.d. which jumped out at me were:
from So Long, Charlie:
"He'd sing....joys of love and sadness when it ends,
... Now millions know his songs and the love he had for life,
So long Charlie, we hate to see you go"
from "If Jeses Was a Picker":
"...With a quartet of the angels singing harmony so grand,
....His talent was God-given his technique was heaven-sent...."
and when I heard LIFELINE by Glen Reid and River Man by John Hartford I couldn't help but think that there may be some paddle
wheel steam boat in the sky that has a couple of fellows leaning
on the rail and watching the swallows swoop by the deck!
Our own Mudcat, Jerry Rasmussen's song says it all
(as mentioned in a previous post)
"Some may leave money from a lifetime of saving,
Some just their name on a marble stone.
It's not what you leave, it;s the joy of remembering,
All I can leave you is a handfull of songs."

Heather, I wish for you the strength to endure thru these coming days.
Treasure your memories. I am sure many of us will join you in that treasuring.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 07:59 PM

Just logged on to hear this very sad news. I never met Rick, pm'd him a couple of times, but from all I know of him by himself and others, all I've read from him and about him, he was a giant among us, with his humanity, skill and his strength, deserving of our highest respect.

My sincerest condolonces.

The world will be an emptyer place.

Peace.

Eric


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 08:08 PM

I hate to double post on this thread. I'm just listening to Reverend Gary Davis's "Hesitation Blues". I was introduced to Rev. Gary through Rick. What a discovery.

I have said that this is the song that I want played when I pass. I know that Rick saw the great and the not so great in Dylan. I played this tonight in his memory.

Restless Farewell
(Bob Dylan)

Oh all the money that in my whole life I did spend,
Be it mine right or wrongfully,
I let it slip gladly past the hands of my friends
To tie up the time most forcefully.
But the bottles are done,
We've killed each one
And the table's full and overflowed.
And the corner sign
Says it's closing time,
So I'll bid farewell and be down the road.

Oh ev'ry girl that ever I've touched,
I did not do it harmfully.
And ev'ry girl that ever I've hurt,
I did not do it knowin'ly.
But to remain as friends and make amends
You need the time and stay behind.
And since my feet are now fast
And point away from the past,
I'll bid farewell and be down the line.

Oh ev'ry foe that ever I faced,
The cause was there before we came.
And ev'ry cause that ever I fought,
I fought it full without regret or shame.
But the dark does die
As the curtain is drawn and somebody's eyes
Must meet the dawn.
And if I see the day
I'd only have to stay,
So I'll bid farewell in the night and be gone.

Oh, ev'ry thought that's strung a knot in my mind,
I might go insane if it couldn't be sprung.
But it's not to stand naked under unknowin' eyes,
It's for myself and my friends my stories are sung.
But the time ain't tall,
Yet on time you depend and no word is possessed
By no special friend.
And though the line is cut,
It ain't quite the end,
I'll just bid farewell till we meet again.

Oh a false clock tries to tick out my time
To disgrace, distract, and bother me.
And the dirt of gossip blows into my face,
And the dust of rumors covers me.
But if the arrow is straight
And the point is slick,
It can pierce through dust no matter how thick.
So I'll make my stand
And remain as I am
And bid farewell and not give a damn.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 08:19 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this, I mostly only knew Rick by reputation but there's no-one I've ever heard spoken of more highly


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 08:24 PM

I've been running all day doing that Mom and chauffeur thing, and my mid day stop found the news, but no time to process. But as I jumped back in the car with two kids Acoustic Workshop was in the CD player and for once, music choice was not debatable. I had a couple of hours between drop off and pick up just to wander.

I kept coming back to the discussion we had in Toronto after the CD Release. How could something that held so much caring and community not be Spiritual ? Of course it is. I was playing with words yesterday to try and share some stuff I've been reading on this, but it wasn't quite ready yet.But it's community and caring and reaching out to others to come join in the song, it's cutting through the bullshit to ask the questions that matter... Stuff that Rick encouraged in each of us in different ways. This thread is just one more example.Of course you know my tears are flowing, and yes, Heather I can hear you abrubtly changing the subject...By the way, we won in the damn cub scout derby (theme not speed), pictures to follow. And hugs...

Blessings (anyway you'll take them)

Kathy

Oh, and don't tell anyone, but I caught teenagers singing along on the way home tonite....


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: KT
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 08:39 PM

I am so, so sorry to hear this news. I can not find the words to express how or why it should be that I could feel this loss as deeply as I do, never having met Rick in person, but only through a couple of cards and PMs. And I know I am not alone in this. Across the globe, are so many heavy hearts because of Rick's passing. Here at MUDCAT, we are just a smattering of the lives he has touched. I think of the countless others who mourn his passing. As we share this sadness, so we also share gratitude and joy for all that he has been to us, in whatever capacity.

Heather, may there be some comfort for you in knowing how many share your sadness, and that you are being held by loving hearts the world over.    KT


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Padre
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:00 PM

Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord,
and let leight perpetual shine upon him.

Tom McHenry+


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: maire-aine
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:18 PM

This is the message that none of us ever wanted to hear.

Dear Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. Our loss, really. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to meet you and Rick when he played in Windsor, just about a year ago.

"Goodnight, sweet prince, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." - William Shakespeare

With deepest sympathy,
Maryanne


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Vince McNeil
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:26 PM

There are very few people who have made as profound an impression on my life as Rick Fielding did. To have been blessed with the grace of his presence, the charity of his spirit, the depth of his wisdom and the gentleness of his heart is an honour I will forever charish.

I will always remember the Christmas I spent with Rick, Heather, Tony and other dear friends. Their charity and love was the greatest gift I could ever have recieved.

My deepest sympathies go out to Heather.

Vince


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:27 PM

The Mudcat will be a little less magical for your absence, Rick. Farewell.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Deckman
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:40 PM

ME TOO! Bob


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:44 PM

I knew Rick through his recordings and his notes on Mudcat only, but I, too, feel that I have lost a friend. Condolences to his family and to all of us who read these many threads.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,MAG in Portland after S.F.
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:53 PM

My most sincere condolences, Heather. I'll be over in the Tavern hoisting one for Rick.

Mary Ann


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:56 PM

I'm another who never got to meet Rick but still think of this news in a very personal way. What I know of Rick is here in these pages but what is here tells me far more than I know or care to know about people I see every day. Like Amos, I kept thinking this day wouldn't come and Rick would get a pass. I looked forward to having his wisdom and humor once again. Now I still look forward to that but it's going to be a little while longer.

So long, Rick.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Dharmabum
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 09:56 PM

You touched a lot of lives Rick.
This is gonna be a long thread.

Rest peacfully friend.
You've earned it.


          DB.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 10:03 PM

Heather,thank you for sharing him with us. I'll bet you wondered sometimes, why he spent so much time his online friends, why he ran up phone bills calling people like me and the Swans and others in California and all over, why and how he could care so much about so many people.
But wasn't it wonderful to know how much they cared for him?
I'll miss him. He as good a man as a man could be.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Clint Keller
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 10:15 PM

All I know of Rick Fielding is through the Mudcat, but I read his posts and I learned from him.

I can't really call him a friend because he didn't know I existed, but my world is poorer now.

clint


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 10:58 PM

Well danged.... I came to Mudcat way too late to get to know Rick but judging from what has been written about his passing I can only think of the word of Mark Twain:

"Live your life so that when you die even the undertaker will be sad."

Godspeed, Rick and I'm sorry I got here too late.......

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:01 PM

First to Heather........You know that Karen and I send you our best and warmest thoughts and hold you close in our hearts. Much Love.....

I didn't know whether I could or would post to this thread today. And for the most part, I won't. What I want to say and what Rick would well understand, others might not.........so I'll hold that a bit.

Rick and I came to the 'Cat within days of each other and in those first months amazed ourselves with the relationship and friendship we had developed so quickly and so closely. It was unlike either of us. We also spent a lot of time in PM's gossiping like a couple of old hens. The 'Cat was just beginning to gel and some of you will remember those days well.

If your heart is empty tonight, fill it with all that Rick left us for the remembering. The music, stories, advice, kindness, caring, love, and the very words he wrote here, are far more than any heart can hold. What we got from Rick and that which we pass on from him assures an immortality that no religion can give.

For many of us he left even more and with a debt to him we cannot pay. For me it includes a little ditty named "Catspaw's Rag," written by a caring and gentle man who, when he could do nothing else, did what he did so very well.......wrote a song for a critically ill friend......

Dammit Rick................I loved ya' man.............still do........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Sageprod-1
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:02 PM

Although I have been reading messages, it's been well over a year since I posted one but the news of Rick's death changed that. I only knew Rick from Mudcat. I exchanged a few personal messages but mostly I saw from his postings how generous and patient he was. He was one of the central core of people who were a continuing reminder of what a special place Mudcat can be. Rick is an example of how someone can enrich lives by being true to himself and to his enthusiasms.

I'm grateful that mine is one of the lives he touched.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:03 PM

Never got to know Rick
But that is only my loss
The goodwill he amassed on earth will stand him in good stead.
Not gone - just not physically with us
RIP Rick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: JedMarum
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:22 PM

I am grateful to have known Rick, to have called him friend. I have been blessed by his kindness. I knew this day was coming soon, but it is sad none-the-less.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Songster Bob
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:45 PM

Where to begin when you come to the end,
That's always the thing to remember.
I relished the tunes and the songs that we played --
We could have played through till December.

And I guess I just thought you would always be there,
Digging around in your case for your flat-pick;
Always ready to sing, or encourage a song
From the shy ones -- yes, I saw you do that trick.

Wherever you were, the music was there,
Whatever your life was, was a song,
So I'm hoisting my glass to you, absent friend,
And I'm trusting our parting ain't long.


... Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Chip2447
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:48 PM

Heather, my thoughts are with you and yours tonight.

Rest easy, rest well Rick. Pax....

Chip


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:48 PM

Self-rightous, pedantic, opininated....



We are enriched to have crossed foils with him.....his legacy is in his students....may they be worthy.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle



You dear fellow...refused to go gentle into that good night....and you fought the good fight.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 11:53 PM

Well, just before today's matinee performance of Fiddler on the Roof,I went outside and in my heart dedicated this one just to Rick. I kinda felt sure all afternoon that he was watching. It was the smoothest, best performance yet. Thanks Rick for all you've done.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Brendan McKeever
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:21 AM

Very sorry to hear this.

May he rest in peace.

B.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Anglo
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:21 AM

So sorry to hear this news. I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in Rick's company at the Gottagetgon Folk Festival in upstate New York a few years ago. I think he had been recommended by Sandy & Caroline Paton. Like many others I am sure, I wish the time had been longer. I wish his time had been longer. If wishes were fishes...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Escamillo
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:42 AM

Neither myself has had the privilege of meeting Rick in person, but it hurts, Maestro, it hurts very much. Heather, my heart goes out to you and family.

Un abrazo from Buenos Aires
Andrés


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Acme
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:06 AM

For once Gargoyle brings tears to my eyes--he sampled exactly the right poem. Dylan Thomas said it well. I never met Rick, but I have enjoyed his generous talent and good humor all the while I've been a Mudcatter. Condolences to all of his family and extended circle of friends.

Maggie Dwyer (SRS)


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:27 AM

Dear Heather, I've been away for a few days and have only just heard the sad news.I'm at a loss for words to tell you how I feel. I treasured my meeting with Rick at the Mystic festival, and looked forward to seeing you both on the British tour that never came off.I am sad at the loss of a friend and for the loss to music that Rick's passing creates. Elaine and I send you our condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you. If ever you do come over here we hope you'll call in and see us.   Heartfelt sympathy, Roy Harris.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:39 AM

So sad to hear of the loss of such a very special man. Heather, my deepest sympathies.

Susan Grieve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: bflat
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:47 AM

My sympathy to you Mrs. Fielding. I was sad to learn of Rick's passing. He played guitar so well and had a delightful voice. For those of us who did not know him personally, you can see his photo through the link box above and see his kind face. He will be missed by many here and throughout Canada where he was well known.

Ellen


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Chris Amos
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:55 AM

So sorry to hear this news

Chris


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Rick Speyer
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 02:13 AM

My thoughts are with you Heather, and family. Rick touched so many lives with his gentleness and talent. Tonight there is sadness in my heart, and I am mourning his loss.   Love, Rick.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: mouldy
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 02:55 AM

I would be honoured just to merit one atom of the love, respect and sorrow that is being shown here for Rick. Like so many others, I never had the chance of meeting him, but he was so much a part of Mudcat, that I cannot but feel and mourn his passing.

My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends who will feel his loss the most. Just because it is expected doesn't make it any easier to bear.

"If I should go before the rest of you,
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.
Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday
voice,
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must,
Parting is hell,
But life goes on,
So sing as well."       Joyce Grenfell


Andrea


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Benjamin
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:07 AM

I never thought I'd see this happen. I never did meet Rick, but I'll never forget how he made a 19 year old feel welcome in Mudcat. He did a great job of tolerating everyone, including myself. Mudcat will never be the same! I'm not sure if any of us will ever be the same either.
Benjamin


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:38 AM

I'm finding it difficult to type through the tears. I feared the worst when he didn't reply to my last PM. Now, I'll never pick up the phone again to hear that soft Canadian voice thanking me for some small thing I'd sent him...
our love to Heather

Roger and Sheila


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Partridge
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 04:50 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you Heather.

love

Pat x


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: The Shambles
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:29 AM

Heather.

We never did meet but Rick and I exchanged enough via PMs for me to know that he was nice folk.

The world badly needs nice folk and the world will be worse off without him.

However, I think that he has done his bit to try and make the world a little better and will be fondly remembered..............


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Hrothgar
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:01 AM

Never met him, just exchanged PMs and read what he wrote here.

He's going to be sorely missed, and almost impossible to replace.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:06 AM

So sorry to hear this. It was great to read his stories and contributions on the 'Cat.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Marcy Adelberg
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:20 AM

I am so very sad to hear of Rick's passing. He was a generous teacher and friend whose spirit and wisdom will always be with me. Heather, words can't express my condolences for your loss. I'm here for you whenever you need me.
love,
marcy


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:34 AM


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: dwditty
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:35 AM

Deepest sympathies, Heather. If what we saw of Rick on mudcat is any indication, he lived and he lived well. He will be both missed and remembered. Blessings.

DW


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:10 AM

Songster Bob, I spoke to Mick yesterday, who lamented the fact he'd never be able to learn that riff from Rick's 'Pitman Blues'. I told him how I walked up the big hill at last year's Getaway and heard it coming from somewhere. I was momentarily confused, because Rick wasn't there, and I'd heard him. I looked for a long time before I saw you sitting on the bench, and you also wished he'd been there so you could get the lick from him. I think you had it, friend.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: kendall
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:17 AM

He left this earth a damn site better than he found it. What better legacy could he leave?


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Willie-O
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:23 AM

It's kinda syn-whatchamacallit that Sorcha's doing Fiddler on the Roof for Rick. I'm playing his treasured old guitar in a production of "Cabaret", a show that is fun and naughty on the surface and at the same time deals with some very profound questions about human nature. And the guitar chords and timing are completely @#$%^&*!!! I'm just trying to figure out all the G-flat-minus-13-squared and the 7/64 rests and all that...figuring out what chords to skip or simplify and still keep the beat... show opens Thursday and I'm just gonna do it the best I can for Rick.

"Start by admitting: from cradle to grave
Isn't a long long way;
Life is a cabaret, old chum
Only a cabaret, old chum
And I love a cabaret."

Love
Bill


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: The O'Meara
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:53 AM

You may have good men, but you'll never have better
Glory-o, Glory-o ....

O'Meara


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Pied Piper
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:55 AM

Is there for honesty poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave--we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that.
What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that?
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
A man's a man for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that,
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.
Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that,
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.
A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that,
But an honest man's aboon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that,
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.
Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that,
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world o'er,
Shall brithers be for a' that.
PP


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:55 AM

So sad, so sorry. I always enjoyed reading his posts.

My heart felt condolences.

Gary


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:02 AM

All I knew of Rick Fielding was what he posted, a few photos, and what other people said about him. I don't even play the guitar.

Yet when I saw this thread at the top, I cried. Such is the power of the Mudcat. The love and respect that this community has shown for him demonstrates very clearly that here was one extraordinary human being, and I felt a sense of great loss.

Sorry I never met you this time around Rick. I will raise a glass to you.

Jenny


PARTING GLASS

Of all the money that e'er I spent
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
I swear it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure time to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in this town
And she surely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be to you all

Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:11 AM

He was a large part of the heart, the soul, the wisdom and the humour of the Mudcat, this place will never feel quite the same again.

Brian


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Giac
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:14 AM

Love and hugs to you, Heather. I am sorrowful.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Strollin' Johnny
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:14 AM

Never met Rick except through this Forum and through his music. A giant amongst musicians, the world will be a worse place without you Rick. Condolences and best wishes to family and friends.

JB


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:46 AM

Well, so much for normal posting and normal chores. I think I'll meditate for a while.

Pastures of memories,
Sifting through life's mysteries,
Golden cows and butterflies,
All on a summer's day.

Peace,
Charlie Ipcar


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:01 AM

He has helped shape the entire Mudcat community as surely as he helped shaped so many of the lives around him.

A good man's good legacy.

Heather, I sincerely hope you find contentment in your memories when the grieving time is over.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:08 AM

Dear Heather,

I'm so sorry to hear about Rick. Kept hoping it was not true and wishing he was secretly getting better. May you take comfort in knowing how many of us mourn with you. He was a wonderful man and together you were a wonderful couple. I will treasure the memories of your two visits to our house in Branford and remember the joy of those jams and those hilarious conversations over pancake breakfasts.

The next few months will be difficult for you, but time of course makes it easier, despite how it may feel today. Life is hard for the living, and we can only be grateful that Rick's trials are over. No one knows what happens in the next stage, so we carry on and rejoice in the legacy our loved ones have left behind.

Rick left a "lifetime's worth of song" as he said in his Sing With The Angels. We can continue to hear his beautiful voice and musicianship in his recordings and even hear his voice in the postings that Mudcat has recorded for posterity.

Comfort and love to you.

Barbara and Frank


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:20 AM

A little bit of what Rick himself once said about the Mudcat:

Reading Quentin Crisp's books "The Naked Civil Servant" and "How to Become a Virgin". I realized (in a sort of blinding flash) that I could stop beating myself up for not being ambitious, and that there can be a LOT of fun in living the life of an under achiever.

Mudcat...It's helped me learn SO much about human behaviour (mine as well as others') that I can hardly believe it.

Cheers

Rick


Some "under achiever," huh? The tears still come...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:31 AM

I don't know what can be said that hasn't already been said here.

How many ways can one say, "I wish we'd had more time . . . and time to meet in person instead of PMs and posts . . . more time, more time . . ."

Heather, our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts go out to you and yours. What you have held close to your heart is never gone. (Not that that makes it any easier.)

Much love,
Linn


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,maryrrf (at work)
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:35 AM

Oh, this is sad news. I can't add more than what has already been said, but although I never met him personally I too feel the loss.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Áine
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:42 AM

Dear Heather,

I was coming home from visiting the inlaws yesterday when I heard this song -- and I thought of Rick and everything that he means to myself and all his friends. My thoughts are with you now, and Rick will be in my heart for the rest of my life.

All the best, Áine

Only him or me
by Townes Van Zandt

Don't go saying I'm leaving you
thinking I never got close enough to stay
time runs in, and then runs out
starts again and it's always been that way
you're gonna drown tomorrow
if you cry to many tears for yesterday
tomorrow's half of all you've got
so treat him good, 'cause when I'm gone, he'll stay

I won't be forgetting you
you won't be forgetting me, I know
if memory comes a summer cloud
rains her sweetness down to me below
I see you like you look right now
maybe wonder why I had to go
but heaven is the way she is
rain falls and rivers flow

So here's to feelin' good
here's to feelin' bad
here's to bein' thankful
sorry for the pleasures that we had
and autumn days and window panes
God, forgive us if you feel decieved
the clock don't know you like I do
and it's only him or me you got to believe


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:48 AM

I never met Rick, but I shall miss his words on the Mudcat.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 09:59 AM

Heather my heart goes out to you.

I am one of the fortunate ones to have had Rick as a teacher.
He is still my teacher for his lessons were so rich that I will be absorbing them throughout the years.

Thank you Rick
I am deeply grateful for your wisdom, compassion and encouragement.

Love Bonnie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,deanc
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:06 AM

I met Rick a couple of times at the Getaway, but mostly I admired him from afar. He was a wonderful musician, but more than that he was a wonderful man - the kind of guy one could aspire to be.

One of the time I met him I was suffering from a migraine. I mentioned it to him, and he commiserated with me that he also suffered from migraines. It seemed that just talking about it for a couple minutes helped quite a bit. In retrospect, I don't know if he actually suffered from migraines - thought I think he did - but he was the kind of person who might have said he did if he thought it would help.

Rick is admired, he is missed, he is remembered.

Dean Clamons


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Clifton53
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:29 AM

Never got to meet him, but he went out of his way for me via e-mail and snail mail, and I admired his musical skill and talent, and was impressed by his kindness, and thought his love and knowledge of baseball was argument-worthy, and would love one more time read his words.

So long Minoso, God rest


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: InOBU
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:31 AM

Fare thee well gentle Friend, as we pause now to remember thee
For thy courage and wisdom thee shared so generously
For the gifts thee offered with such kind humility
All who knew thee will always think kindly of thee

Though quiet and gentle thy life was a lesson for all
Ne'r seeking credit yet answering each needy call
giving time and wisdom steadfastly showing a way
Though now gone to thy rest, thee will be in our hearts every day

Rick, you will never be far away from us, and Heather, you are always in our hearts, Larry


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:35 AM

Nice sentiments Bill. I heard Rick play many years ago in Montreal He was a great musician. Sorry to hear of his passing.My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Fortunato
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 11:31 AM

To Heather, et al.

    Sunday afternoon, after learning that Rick had crossed over, I sat playing my guitar with Susette. Rick was in the background of my mind. As I came to the guitar break, I began to play things I had not played before and I found myself reaching for new notes, new combinations, and new tones. Then Rick came clearly into my mind. I felt he was informing my playing and lending me some of his great skill. It was an uncanny and yet strong and collaborative feeling.

    Heather, I want you to know that you remain in my thoughts, as will Rick, always. I hope to see you at the Getaway. And if you ever decide to come to Washington, DC, you have a place to stay with us. Keep in touch.

With sympathy and love,

Chance and Susette Shiver


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Glen Reid
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 11:53 AM

About 10 or 12 years ago Rick wrote this gosple song and with his blessings, I sang it to the packed congregation of St. Andrews, Presbyterian church in Burk's Falls.
Rick and I had done a concert together in this same church a few weeks previously, so these folks certainly knew of and appreciated the man and the song.
I know it tickled Rick to have his tune done in front of a live Christian audience and I gave him a copy of the taped performance.
After hearing the sad news yesterday I dug out the tape and listened, for the first time in all these years.
Tears flowed freely from one who never cries.Tears for the old friend I'll never see again, but tears also of optomism and hope, that were clearly written in the words of his song.
He's definately working a new gig and still singing a song.
Love always
Glen

Chorus:
I'm gonna sing with the angels, when my time comes around
This life is just rehersal, till I'm heaven bound
I'll be well prepared to take my place, with harmony and rhyme
And I'll sing with the angels, when its time.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amos
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 11:57 AM

Chance:

A beautiful gracenote to a sad thread.

I woke up this morning with Rick on my mind again; he has been on my mind every few minutes since I first opened this thread in disbelief. I keep casting about trying to detect his presence, catching glimmers, but mostly having to reconcile the fact that he won't be there to laugh and make me laugh, to advise and enlighten on arcane musical issues, to teach me to play the five-string banjo someday, a joy I had always promised myself. Aw, shit.

I know he's flying high and grinning wide. I just wish I could jump out of my skin for a minute and do it with him.

A


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Rana
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:28 PM

I haven't post for a couple of years. Rick introduced me to Mudcat and so it seems appropriate to offer my condolences here - I have already e-mailed Heather privately.

This is a sad loss, not only for Toronto but the whole world folk community. A fine performer, a great knowledge in many things and above all a fine and wonderful person, who'll always be remembered.

Rana


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amos
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:29 PM

And -- my last addendum to this thread -- every time I put my attention on Rick now, all I hear back is the echo of his infectious laughter, writ very, very large.

A


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:53 PM

Like others I too never met him, and now alas never will, but I can still miss him, and that I'll do. He was a force in folk music, and now he may become (to quote another Dylan Thomas line) 'The force that through the green fuse drives the flower'
My love to you Heather in this difficult time.
John


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 12:57 PM

So many songs , so little time.
He will live on in our hearts and memories.
Our love to Heather and all the family.
Jane and Geoff


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:09 PM

I was away this weekend and just came upon the news today. I am so sorry to hear it.

I dedicate my dance performance this afternoon to Rick.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:20 PM

Such sad and shocking news. I only knew Rick thru his posts here. HIs family should take heart that he left such an impact on so many. If only    each of us could say the same when our time comes. My sincere sympathy to Rick's family. James


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Pseudolus
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 01:46 PM

I have nothing new to say and yet I have this overwhelming need to post. I too never met Rick but felt in many ways like I knew him.   His posts always seemed to come right from the heart and anyone who read his posts regularly also must have felt like they knew him. I guess it's the power of this community. I never met him, I never heard his voice or spoke to him and yet when I read the email about his passing, I was incredibly sad. My sympathies to the family and to all of those here that knew him so well....

Frank


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 02:07 PM

Adios mi Amigo - The Good Lord needed another good picker.

Semper Fidelis Brother
Steve


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,David Haines
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 02:55 PM

It is with great sadness that we learned of Rick's passing.

Heather, our hearts are heavy today and if there is anything Donna or I can do to help in any way you know you can call on us.

My remembrances of Rick are many, as a musician's musician who did not just live the life many musicians want to live, but lived the life many musicians SHOULD want to live. Who played where his music would be appreciated, not just where he could get work. As a font of knowledge on all things musical, most things baseball and many things political. As a very good and caring friend, and one who would not shy away from telling me what I needed to hear, as opposed to what I wanted to hear. As the man who introduced me to my wife.

And as a great husband to Heather. Rick was very appreciative for the life he had as a musician, and was happy to have been able to live his life as a player, and teacher of music. That appreciation was dwarfed by how much he appreciated Heather.

I had the pleasure, some 15 years ago, to sit with Rick as he reflected - no, gushed - on how incredibly lucky he was to have found his life's mate in Heather, and how panicked he was that she might not return his love, or that somehow in his flood of unbridled emotion he would scare her away. He opened his heart to her completely, holding nothing back, and he met nothing but love in return. I know this was life-changing for Rick, and i suspect it was for Heather as well. We should all have that. You two did, and always will.

Rick, I will mourn your passing. I will regret many of the things not said between us in the past few years, and I will remember lessons learned from my friend and sometimes mentor, many of which are musical, many more of which are not. I will continue to intersperse your licks, badly played, throughout my music, but most of all I will remember my friend as the man who was giddy in love with his wife for all the time they shared together, that he knew he was a better man for it, and that no matter what else happened, he was a very lucky man, who shared his life's love, music, with Heather, the love of his life.

Godspeed my friend, I'll weep for you today, and sing for you tomorrow, and laugh for you as soon as I can.

David


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Rex
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:08 PM

I was hoping that being hooked up with this Mudcat family would give me the chance to meet Rick sometime. So if not now, perhaps on the other side.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:09 PM

I didn't know Rick, and I'm not a guitarist so I didn't follow his posts in detail, but since I joined the Mudcat his presence has been impossible to miss and always enjoyable. Like other Mudcatters with such a passing acquaintance with him, I found tears coming at the announcement of his illness and now at his passing. I wasn't going to post, but this morning's project was some research for a music class I teach (2nd grade) and I was struck by some of the story on this web site about Moussorgsky's composition, Pictures at an Exhibition:

In 1873 the artist and architect Victor Hartmann died at the premature age of 39. Although he was an artist of energy and talent, today his name would hardly be known, were it not for the inspiration his friendship provided to that strange and moody genius of Russian music, Modest Mussorgsky. The two had met three years before at the home of their mutual friend, Vladimir Stassov, and had quickly recognized in each other a sympathy of aim and purpose.

Hartmann was part of a growing movement of artists and craftsmen whose aim was to develop a new aesthetic, based on traditional Russian designs and motifs. Eschewing the classical architecture of Europe, Hartmann designed structures based on medieval and contemporary folk styles. And what Hartmann and his colleagues were to architecture, Mili Balakirev and his circle (which included Mussorgsky) were to music.

Mussorgsky was devastated by Hartmann's death. In a letter to Stassov, who was then out of the country, the composer's grief poured out in a spate of wild and bitter words:

    "This is how the wise usually console us blockheads, in such cases; 'He is no more, but what he has done lives and will live'…Away with such wisdom! When 'he' has not lived in vain, but has created - one must be a rascal to revel in the comforting thought that 'he' can create no more. No, one cannot and must not be comforted, there can be and must be no consolation - it is a rotten morality!"

    - from Moussorgsky by Oskar van Riesmann
    translated by Paul England
    Tudor Publishing, 1935

Mussorgsky nonetheless found his consolation or, at least, a certain amount of catharsis. Stassov, on his return to St Petersburg, organized a memorial exhibit in Hartmann's honor, featuring his dead friend's drawings and watercolors. Upon attending this exhibition, which opened early in 1874, Mussorgsky experienced an almost overwhelming torrent of inspiration:

    "Hartmann is bubbling over, just as Boris did. Ideas, melodies, come to me of their own accord, like the roast pigeons in the story - I gorge and gorge and overeat myself. I can hardly manage to put it all down on paper fast enough."

    - from Moussorgsky
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From reading the posts here, the parallels in sentiment are striking, and it's clear that many here will find inspiration of one sort or another arising from their sorrow. It's a magic thing, love.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:20 PM

Sure will leave a big hole:-(

My condolonces to those who know him best but I know that anyone who's life he touched will miss him. it is a great measure of the man that we only corresponded a couple of times, when I sent him some stuff on tape, but I felt that in that brief interlude he had become a friend.

I find that some people are like that and Rick was one of them. The greater the man, the sadder the passing, but happier are the memories.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: lamarca
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:34 PM

Heather, I can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said better by other people here, but I just want you to know that Rick was one of the nicest, most approachable, and talented musicians I've known. His willingness to share his songs and guitar skills, his skill at wordsmithing a new song that sounds as old as the hills and, most of all, his friendliness and genuine enjoyment of making music with all of us made him a rare and wonderful man, and I'll miss him more than I can say.

I wish you peace and healing, and hope that you will continue to be a part of the Mudcat family.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Mike Regenstreif
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:42 PM

My condolences to Heather and to all who loved him. I spent an evening with Rick about 16 months ago and he seemed well on his way to recovery from the initial bout with cancer. He looked good, sounded great, and said that he was feeling better.

I have special memories of the three times that Rick and I interviewed each other on our respective radio programs.

The first part of this Thursday's edition of Folk Roots/Folk Branches on CKUT will be a tribute to Rick and include songs from all three of his CDs. It begins at 9:00 am (eastern).

CKUT is broadcast in the Montreal area at 90.3 FM.

The live stream is available at the Folk Roots/Folk Branches website. CKUT programming is also available as downloadable MP3 files for two months following the airdate. The link to the archives is also on the site.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Backstage Manager(inactive)
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 03:47 PM

I'm also very sorry to learn of Rick's passing. He will be missed by all he ever touched.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Ernest
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 04:41 PM

What can we, who have never met him, add here? A big loss for Mudcat, an even bigger one for his friends and family.
Sending Condolences
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 04:49 PM

Before Mudcat I never had read or heard the name Rick Fielding, without Mudcat I never would have listened to his music, now it feels like having lost a friend I have never met.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Steve-o
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:05 PM

Quite a while back, I perused this forum for a few months, and finally decided to join, largely because of Rick's postings. He had so much knowledge and shared it so eloquently, and always had truly interesting and heartfelt things to say. You could tell he was one of those "musician's musicians"- the music was in his soul. Although we never met, I will miss his wisdom, kindness, and enthusiasm very, very much.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Ed.
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:19 PM

Like many others who only knew Rick through his posts here, it's difficult to say anything that others haven't said. He was certainly a remarkable man.

I'll just paraphrase something that Rick wrote on an obituary thread for a guitarist who died from a similar disease, at a similar age:

Take a break Rick, ya done good!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Duane D.
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:42 PM

I just heard this morning. I'm hardly here anymore since I'm living on my own. Thank you, bbc, for the email.


To Heather, my deepest sympathy, I can't find the right words, please remember, the love and compassion always exists for you on Mudcat.

To Rick, I never told you the profound effect you had on me.... your music, your kind words and encouragement on the threads and your playing tips and techniques you shared with me in person. I will fondly remember, for as long as I live, the three concerts of yours I attended, the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, Hyde Park, NY concert you shared with Sandy and Caroline, and the two Branford, CT concerts (and the jam sessions that followed at the Shaw's). I will miss you, but your music will live on in me. A finer gentleman I never knew. May you rest in peace, friend.


Duane.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Celtaddict
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:51 PM

Rick and Heather will never know how many lives he touched in such a wonderful way, and how many people love him who met him briefly or perhaps not at all.
He lived just as Bob Franke described in "Thanksgiving Eve."
    What can we do with our days
    But work and hope that your dreams bind your work to your play?
    What can you do with each minute of your life
    But love 'til you've loved it away?
    Love 'til you've loved it away.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: momnopp
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 05:58 PM

Ditto to all of the above, especially what Joe Offer said, "Heather,thank you for sharing him with us."

JudyO


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: bill\sables
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:46 PM

Heather it is very sad news. I will alwaays remember the good times I spent with you both. Rick wasn't only a fine musician but one of the best leather carvers I ever met.
Love Bill and Lorna


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Lanfranc
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 06:59 PM

I never met Rick, except through these threads.
I wish I had.

The eulogies above say it all - a very special man has been taken from us.

Farewell, Rick

Alan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Col K
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:24 PM

Like so many people here on the Cat I only knew Rick through the Cat, He has had such an influence on so many people it is becoming an understatement to say that he will be missed.
I heard so much about him last year at the Getaway that I know that I would have liked to have met him.
My deepest sympathies to Heather and to all the rest of his family and closest friends.
Colin


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 07:51 PM

I just got in from a weekend on the road to see this thread.
It's tough to type through tears.
The world is a richer place for Rick's having been in it.
And I am poorer for not having met him.
My condolences to Heather.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: JosieM
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:13 PM

I'm very sorry to hear of your great loss Heather. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you Rick. It took me almost 50 years and your help to find the confidence to get out there and sing. I will be forever grateful!
Josie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: CapriUni
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:37 PM

I'm ... stunned. I don't know what my condolences (one who never met the man, except in passing, on this forum) can mean to those who knew him deeply and personally... but all I can do is to give them.

... And to say: I wish I'd gotten to know him better.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Robin2
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 08:52 PM

Tryed to leave a message yesterday, so will try again today. I never met Rick, but grew to know him like many here as a kind and wonderfl man. He will be missed.

Robin2


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Mudlark
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:40 PM

I am devastated to hear of the death of a man I never met but revered nonetheless. Rick Fielding was clearly a one-off, a special person, and I feel privileged to have had the benefit of his great generosity and knowledge. My deepest regrets that he is gone...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: alison
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 10:50 PM

I'm sitting here in Australia crying for a man I never met but I felt I knew..... I remember listening to Rick's wonderful radio shows which used to be archived here and most weeks Max would play a Rick Fielding track on mudcat radio. thanks for sharing your music Rick.

My deepest sympathy to you Heather

love & prayers

alison


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Amanda Lynn Stubley
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 11:28 PM

Well I'm new to the mudcat, but not to Rick and Heather, I'm one of the lucky ones who got to know Rick (and Heather) through weekly guitar lessons from him, many years ago now.

Heather, my heart is broken for you, and my tears have been flowing as I read these amazing posts. You will remain in my heart, and I hope, in my life.

Rick truly did live by his own rules, didn't he. I spent so many evenings in the basement, picking, singing and smoking cigarettes (!) and listening to his stories, about how he skipped school to see Ingmar Bergeman films at a too young age, how he couldn't stand an office job, how he finally broke out of the drunken bar scene to get the respect he deserved as a folk legend. Rick truly had an encyclopaedic knowledge of music trivia (including the truly banal - I remember a story about Lester Flatt's pistol that he told me, which actually helped me finally nail the 'G' run!), and one to be admired. He was so kind, and funny.

I'm so sad he's gone, so sad he's never got to meet my husband (who even I hadn't met when I was working with Rick). He carved me a leather guitar strap which I proudly wear and show everyone I can... My regret is not having taken time to see him in the last years...

Someone mentioned Rick was agnostic, but I have no question that he's on the heavenly side now. I just wonder who he sat down to pick with first: Maybelle Carter? Charlie Poole? Big Bill Broonzy? Bill Monroe?
in the words of our mutual friend Steve Pritchard, Rick, "Keep on Pickin'"
with ALL my love, and until we meet again,
Amanda-Lynn xoxoxo


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 22 Mar 04 - 11:31 PM

Has there ever been such an outpouring of heartfelt grief and sincerity on Mudcat? Not in the several years I've been checking this space. This is an apt tribute to one who certainly made this a much better place. Rick cut a wide path on Mudcat, and I suspect, did so in other areas of his life as well. He will be greatly missed but will live on in his music and in the hearts of those who knew him and those who shared a table at the Mudcat Cafe.

Elliott H.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Juliana
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 01:34 AM

I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting, playing and singing with Rick - it was a turning point in my life. He was gracious, friendly and encouraging - in a word, he was Rick Fielding. Gentle, kind, blunt when necessary but always very human and accessible.

Rick - I've not been able to come back East for a few years and we'd always hoped to get together on my Coast -- now, I know you're here with me and with all your friends forever. I'll always treasure my special guitar strap, remembering how you tried really hard to craft those wisteria blossoms on the leather - it was so difficult when you didn't know what wisteria looked like - but you did it...

The stories you told me about people you'd teased with the kelp rattle I made for you made me laugh. They still make me laugh.

Heather, wrap yourself in the love that Rick kindled in all of us that knew him or were touched by him. I wish it didn't have to hurt so much.

I've lighted a candle http://gratefulness.org/candles/enter.cfm and it feels like it helps. My tears can't put it out.

Love and the knowledge that the joy he left us is with us forever.

Juliana

http://pondsidemusic.com


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Naemanson
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 02:05 AM

I've been avoiding this thread. I opened it only to read the first post and a few after that and then left it to let the tears leak. Now I will try.

I only met Rick briefly at Mystic one year. I was so impressed that I blew the last of my meager funds on his cassette. I almost wore it out. I learned songs from it and it led me to other musicians and their music. When I joined Mudcat I realized that Rick was here too. I read his posts and enjoyed his humor and patient teaching. They were some of the high notes of this site. Then I read of his illness and saw how he met it and fought it, and I learned that he had bravery to spare and he was well cared for by our little community.

And now he's gone. Heather, I want you to know you have my deepest sympathy. His departure has torn a hole in the world that no one can easily fill. We are all lessened by this.

Oh hell...


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 02:21 AM

Heather, may our sense of loss in some small but effective way help you bear the weight of your great loss.

Elva Bontrager


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: reggie miles
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 02:50 AM

Only Memories Remain


As I walked the early morning streets
They seemed emptier today
Tryin' to reach inside
To find which words were right to say
But the words weren't there
The falling rain must've washed them all away
Wish you were here to hear this
But only memories remain

The times we shared, good and bad
Now echoes of the past
We said we'd meet next Thursday
To get together at long last
But it wasn't meant to be
Things just happened way too fast
I got the phone call this morning
Another friend of mine had passed

Many believe the human soul is eternal
And that the memory of each life will live on forever
As long as we, the living, never allow those memories to slip away

So it falls to each one of us to make the most of the time we share while we're here together
Because it's by these deeds that those we leave behind will recall us again to where only memories remain

Wasn't it just yesterday?
Our lives entwined as one
Sharing love and laughter
Damn it that was fun
There will never be another
To fill your place beneath the sun
I hope we meet again someday
When my time 'round here is done        

Silently we gather
Reflecting hand in hand
About how each life matters
How we touch our fellow man
Here's to you my brother
Until your next refrain
Wishin' you were still here with us
But only memories remain

Here's to you my brother
Until we meet again
Wishin' you were still here with us
But only memories remain


Like so many here, I had not yet had the chance to meet him in the flesh. He was a very kind and supportive soul.

Words fail and often fall short to try express frail and fragile emotions like gratitude for a life so rich as his.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: sian, west wales
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 04:31 AM

"Slender at first, they quickly gather force,
Growing in richness as they run their course;
Once started, they do not turn back again:
Rivers, and years, and friendships with good men."

Grow on, Rick.



siân
from a Sanskrit poem.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GMT
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 04:34 AM

I've posted already (without cookie).

I always looked for Ricks take on things and was never dissapointed
by his posts.

Go well into the light and take up the new challenge.

My heart felt condolences to those who love him.

Gary


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Hawker
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 05:47 AM

Rick I shall miss you posts! Heather, so sorry to hear your news!
Much Love and kindest of thoughts,
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 08:38 AM

Death ain't got no mercy in this land.
Death ain't got no mercy in this land.
He comes to your house he won't stay long,
You turn around another man done gone.
Death ain't got no mercy in this land.

Death ain't got no friend in this land.
Death ain't got no friend in this land.
He comes to your house he won't stay long,
You turn around another man done gone.
Death ain't got no friend in this land.

Death don't take no vacation in this land.
Death don't take no vacation in this land.
He comes to your house he won't stay long,
You turn around another man done gone.
Death don't take no vacation in this land.

Death ain't got no mercy in this land.
Death ain't got no mercy in this land.
He comes to your house he won't stay long,
You turn around another man done gone.
Death ain't got no mercy in this land.

(from the singing of John Jackson)

God Bless You Rick. My sincere dcondolences to you Heather. God Bless us all.

Roger in Baltimore AKA Big RiB


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 09:22 AM

Not been on since Friday, hardly a good post to return to. You will be missed around Mudcat as well as many other places Rick.
Sorry for being so forward as I hardly know you, but Hugs to Heather.
JohnB.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Gern
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 12:19 PM

It's a measure of the man to read the length of this thread and others regarding him. What a thing, to have touched so many. What a life well-lived. I didn't know him at all, but clearly saw his shadow all across this site. On one of my first posts, I was upset about something musical and expressed it in an awkward way. I was mugged by posters in the hundreds, many of whom misread or didn't read what I had said. Rick was one of the few to recognize the compassion I had tried to express, support my feelings and gently suggest that I take the edge off my message. Practicing peace, I think they call it. I'm very sorry he has passed, but very impressed that he has lived.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Den
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 01:39 PM

I've been away for a while and when I returned today to "read the cat," I was deeply saddened to read this news. Like many others here I never met Rick personally but like others I felt that I knew him. He was I believe, a funny, articulate generous man who loved his wife and friends. He was I felt a guy who put a lot of thought into his postings and always seemed to have a lot of time for those who for one reason or another needed a little encouragement. You lit the room when you were here Rick but the lights dimmed when you rose to leave.

Heather I'm sorry for your trouble, God be good to him.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Melani
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 02:02 PM

I'm so sorry.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: M.Ted
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 04:25 PM

Like a lot of people here, I never met Rick, and also like a lot of people, I felt like we were friends. Over the years, we went back and forth about a lot of stuff, but most of all, music. We liked a lot of the same music, of course, but if he liked something or someone that I hadn't heard of, I'd make a point of checking it out, because always knew it would be good.

The thing that most impressed me over the years though, was his willingness to help anybody who was trying to learn, whatever their skill level--Mudcat wouldn't be half the place it is, if he had not been here, jumping in with support, advice, and instruction, every time somebody posted a playing question--

A lot of musicians don't have any patience for people who are learning, and a lot of others have no patience for people who don't play exactly what they play--Rick's example kept that kind of attitude out of Mudcat, and brought a lot of good musicians and aspiring musicians in--

I have some of his recordings, and I always meant to come up there and hear him play, because I know there was lot that he could do that he never got a chance to record--I thought that when I he saw me come in, he'd smile and shout out a greeting--and that he'd come over and chat at the break, and ask me to come up and play "Eight More Miles to Louisville" or some such thing, and afterwards we'd talk and play music all night--sorry that it'll never happen--


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 04:46 PM

I wish I had met him. I only knew him "virtually." His warmth shined through on this site. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 05:26 PM

For all that he was such an authority in his field, Rick was as unassuming a guy as you could shake a stick at. In fact truly exceptional in that respect. And I could never fathom where he found the time to be so passionate about a whole range of other interests, going far beyond folk guitar and blues. Quentin Crisp and Kenneth Williams spring to mind of course, but I lost count of the times he would enlighten me on the background to some small point I'd made. In particular I appreciated his perspective on how the brilliant and eccentric Bach pianist Glenn Gould was received in his home town of Toronto. I never got round to erasing all Rick's PMs, thank goodness, so now I can print them off as a lasting memento of as decent a spud as I never met.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: bbc
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 07:36 PM

If you are among those who missed the chance to meet Rick in person, check out some of the events photos of him in Member Photos & Information. We sure had some good times! Point of fact, the photos from Rick's 1999 concert in D.C. were the very first entry in the Events section. Thank you, D.C., for hosting him & giving such a boost to our then-developing community!

Love you, Rick,

bbc

Concert at Branford, CT--2002

Rick & Catspaw Meet


Rick's D.C. Concert--1999


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 08:10 PM

Heather, My heart goes out to you and your family.
My heart goes out to our huge Mudcat family and our great loss.
I don't even look at macaroni and cheese the same way, ever since Rick's story about it!

Saturday night I had a celebration party for springs arrival. I brought out a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream and played the Strawberry Mudcat CD while we ate. Rick opens that CD with 'Rag, eh?'
While the tune played I talked about Rick and his new CD and his battle with cancer.
Little did I know we were celebrating Rick's life that night.

My love to all those who feel the great loss and pain of Rick's death.
My love to all who have had the honor of having a piece of Rick in your lives.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: saulgoldie
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 08:13 PM

Didn't know him; never met him. But from some of his posts, he sounded like an helluva guy. Me heart and prayers go out to Heather and all who knew him.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Patricia Sibley
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 10:02 PM

Rick was warm, witty and caring. I loved my guitar lessons
and have missed Rick since I moved to B. C.

Heather you are in my thoughts. Rick is probably checking
out the jams in heaven.

"Some may leave money from a lifetime of saving,
Some just their name on a marble stone.
It's not what you leave, it's the joy of remembering
All I can leave you is a handful of songs."

Patricia


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: georgeward
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 01:01 AM

What can you offer to a surviving partner you've never met upon her loss of someone you never met ? Awkwardly enough, I can only offer this:

The man reflected in all of these posts knew enough about this odd condition we call "life" to probe it, savor it, share it, try to make it worthwhile....with a sense of play and of the comic that its absurdities require. The loss of someone that conscious and alive can take you up, change you, enable you to go on and do and share in ways (small or large) that you may not have done before. And - if and when it does - it doesn't make any of the loss go away. It just transforms it into something you can do good with. An odd sort of low-key miracle.

Doesn't work that way for everyone. Doesn't have to. There are other ways to go on. But when you've been close to someone who really did his damndest to live (or hers) it can work that way.
I know that now. And Heather, I truly hope it works out so for you.
Eventually.

- George


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Genie
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 03:50 AM

It's amazing to be so grieved by the loss of someone I never met.
But not really surprising, when I think of it. I 'knew' Rick through his music -- his wonderful voice and craftsmanship and the spirit that shone, and still does, through that music. But I also 'knew' this extraordinary human being, not only though our limited contact at Mudcat but, most importantly, by the way he touched the lives of so many of the rest of you 'catters, like Marion, Amos, Susan, and others.

Rick, I sincerely hoped to meet you in this life. Guess we'll have to save that for the other side.

I can already hear you singing with the angels.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 08:41 AM

I want to jump in for a minute and tell you all how absolutely proud I am to be a part of this company. The insights I have seen here would knock Rick out. I do know Rick, and know him well. In that, I am blessed. I got to spend a fair amount of time with him and Heather, stayed at their home, and experienced their love, conversation, and that magical garden. Yet even with all that exposure, I didn't have any better handle on this man than many of you that had never met him 3D. You are why Rick found such joy in this community, and found it at all times fascinating. And I will add that it is at all times caring and insightful. Thanks for these tributes to one of the most important musicians and friends in my life. I am honored to be a part of your company.

All the best to all of you,

Big Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: PeteBoom
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 09:14 AM

I saw this thread after getting back from a really gruelling band practice on Sunday. I thought I could not get any lower - before I saw the thread. I met Rick cyberly - never in person. What a pity and my personal loss. I've trying to find the right words, and am now giving up and going with my initial reaction -

Much sympathy to his family and numerous friends.

My reaction then was as it is now.... "sigh"

Regards -

Pete


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Allan C.
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 10:41 AM

I have held off posting here. I have said much of what I feel on some of the other threads about Rick. Today I happened to stumble upon a song that says it as well as I could ever hope to do.

MEMORIAL
(Si Kahn)

We come today to say goodbye to one who has held us close,
To tell the stories of his life that move us each the most.
These memories of a life well lived and of a death well faced,
Are now a part of every life that crosses in this place

Cho: No circle has been broken here, no one that stands alone.
The threads of life, so lately broke, are woven through our own.

He'd hoped to meet us all again that gather here today,
But though we will not meet again, we'll meet again some way.
In work we do, in songs we sing, in courage and in pain,
In battles that we fight as one, we'll see his face again.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Nerd
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 11:28 AM

Damn, damn, damn!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 11:51 AM

As a long time member of the "cat" ...I would just like to say how sad I am to lost one of our own. I don't think I ever communicated with Rick but I certainly read his posts and was always enlinghtened. My sympathies at this very difficult time.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: KathWestra
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 11:58 AM

Thanks for posting that Si Kahn song, Allan! Says it just right. Kathy


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Barbara
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 02:04 PM

Goodbye, good friend, and godspeed.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Marion
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 05:04 PM

What a sad thing. Heather, I am thinking of you constantly. Sympathies to all of Rick's friends as well.

I will write more later when I can put some thoughts together without crying.

Marion


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: van lingle
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 05:39 PM

What a fine man. He left us all something to live up to. My most profound condolences to you, Heather.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Wesley S at Home
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 07:51 PM

I don't know about anyone else - but I HATE seeing this thread drop down to the bottom of the page. As if Rick would disappear with it. And don't you just know that someday - some new member will ask "Who was Rick Fielding"?


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 08:39 PM

When the uninititated do ask that, Wesley, we'll have so much to share with them, plus I am sure we'll have a special page here to start them on their journey of discovery.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amos
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 08:45 PM

I think we ought to have a collection of Rick threads on his own page, anchored, as Kat says, in the Memorial section here (full absolute path works better on my browser for some reason).

A


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Annie
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 10:30 PM

Rick, have a good journey.

Heather, my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Jeri, thanks for sharing that.

Mudcat, how cool that he shared so much here. Smart man.

Love, Annie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Acme
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 12:04 AM

M--Crying is okay. Send thoughts when you're ready, but don't shy away from sharing because of tears. You'll be in good company.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 12:14 AM

I worry about the ripple of upsets when someone posts a comment towards Rick on some thread, such as maybe a new player posting a question in continuance of one of Rick's teaching threads, and how many times we will have to explain, "Sorry, he's not home right now....."

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: AKS
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 02:36 AM

My condolence to Rick's closests.

I seem not to be the only one whose joining MC is much on "this character Fielding" (as Joe put it on some thread) to blame. I sure did enjoy his tone of voice from the very first post of him I read!

Last May I had made up my mind to suggest to Sari Kaasinen (former Värttinä member, now, a.o, the artistic director of Kihaus Festival in Rääkkylä, Fin), that she should try to get Rick 'over the waters' one day to perform and make a workshop there. Before starting typing e-mail, I opened the MC with Rick's health update thread on top! It made me sad, because somehow I felt very strongly then that it was never to be.

AKS


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: hesperis
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 03:07 AM

Haven't read this whole thing, but must post before sleep... best wishes to Heather, and too all who knew him and are now struggling with grief. He will be remembered by many.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 03:57 AM

I still can't find the words, Heather, and I've thought of little else since you called. We loved him, you know, and you. I'll try to say more when the words finally make themselves known to me.
    Sandy (and Caroline)


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Debra Cowan
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 06:44 AM

I am in England and have not had access to the Mudcat until now. I am at a loss.

I first met Rick through Sandy and Caroline at a house concert in Worcester, MA. We had a glorious night of singing and Rick accompanied me while I sang 'All of Me'.

I saw him again a couple of years later when he opened for Tom Paxton in Framingham and drew a standing ovation. Another glorious night.

My deepest sympathies to Heather. You are in my thoughts. I will sing a song for Rick tomorrow night at Bacca Pipes in Keighley. Rick may be on another journey, but his memory and his music will live on.

Debra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 07:36 AM

Sandy, Marion - I think we all know how much you loved Rick and how hard this must be for you. This goes for all those of you who haven't checked in or have written only a few words, Rick knew I wrote things out and sometimes never shut up. I can multi-task: write and cry at the same time. For me, it's part of the healing process - I remember and sort out my thoughts. Writing or not has nothing to do with how much we loved him...love him, just how each of us deals with grief. It's OK.

Something else Rick made me think about, and believe: similarities draw us together, but it's our differences that make us interesting to one another. He was very understanding of those differences and never would have liked living in a world where everyone thought just like he did. Whatever anyone's thinking or feeling right now, whatever you do or don't do, write or don't write: if you knew Rick, you know he'd understand. I do, and I offer my love to anyone who misses him, whether you write or not, whether I know you or not.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Morticia
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 08:00 AM

that was beautifully put,Jeri, thank you


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:19 AM

Jeri, you are a beautiful womon/soul/heart. Thanks for being here.



luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Fortunato
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:26 AM

Yeah, Wesley.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Hollowfox
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 11:38 AM

Heather, my heart goes out to you. I've been thinking about you all week, and I just can't find the right words. As it is, I can only echo the above postings. I wish I knew what I could do to help. As with the others, if there's anything I can do, just let me know. The small comfort I can offer is that he doesn't hurt anymore. Love, Mary


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Frankham
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 03:37 PM

What a heartbreak! A great loss. But a great contribution!
God bless. Devastating news.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Angela
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 09:19 PM

I took mandolin/guitar lessons from Rick. They were going quite well... that is until Rick invited me to hear him play one night. Then that was the end of my lessons. I became a fan and instead of learning something in my lessons, I went to listen to HIM play. I brought him in a John Gracie CD because there was a song I wanted to learn. I never did get that CD back :) he loved the song.

Heather, family, friends, cats... you are in my thoughts as always.

Angela


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,jay rosen
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 09:47 PM

what a loss!!!!
i have known rick since he was gracious enough tot allow us to tape performance on ciut for an issue of fast folk magazine in nyc

i have known him to be so giving unselfish and a wonderful aquaintence

my only regret was not "hanging out" with him thought the years


be well heather and all our thoughts are with you..


love
jay and lynda rosen


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Callie
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:18 PM

I've been away from Mudcat for a while and happened to see this by chance. I'm shocked and saddened.

Rick made so many generous contributions to Mudcat and was one of the main people I thought embodied the spirit of this virtual community. I hope that by reading this thread his family understand how he has left his mark on people all around the world, most of whom never met him in person.

My deepest condolences

Callie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST, NOMADman
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:36 PM

Rick's passing leaves such a sad, awful void - a void on the Mudcat, a void on the radio and a void everywhere Rick might have been seen or heard, or his influence felt. That covers a lot of territory. We are all poorer for his passing as we are richer for his having been here.

Regards,
John


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: darkriver
Date: 26 Mar 04 - 02:46 AM

I've been away from Mudcat for a few days, so I missed this news.

Like a few others who've posted here, I never met the man, but knew him through Mudcat. He was a strong, articulate voice. What especially strikes me is the effect of his passing on the MC community. I wish I could live my life so as to influence so many lives as Rick Fielding did. Clearly a very special man. My condolences to Mrs Fielding. And to you all as well, the people who love him.

As for musical sendoffs, how about a quote from Violetta Parra of Chile? (Imagine sung as she sang it, slowly and tenderly.)

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la risa, me ha dado el llanto.
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
Todos materiales que forman mi canto,
Y el canto de ustedes que es es mismo canto.


(Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It has given me laughter and it has given me tears.
Thus I distinguish between joy and pain,
That are all elements of my song
and of your song, which the same song.)

Doug aka darkriver


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: HuwG
Date: 26 Mar 04 - 02:53 AM

The Mudcat won't seem quite the same any more. My condolences to all who knew him well.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: *daylia*
Date: 26 Mar 04 - 09:52 AM

I've been on the Cat for a only short time, just over a year, but in that time Rick's posts encouraged and enlightened me so many times over. He always spoke so kindly of everyone, was able to see both sides of the (sometimes fiery) debates around here and share those wise insights with others in a nonjudgmental, nonconfrontational way. That is a rare gift, and one this tired ole world needs VERY badly ....

He helped me make a guitar-buying decision last spring, and I've been so pleased with my new Seagull ever since! A veteran music teacher myself, I recognized him right off the bat as a loving, generous and well-seasoned 'kindred spirit'. His years of experience at (lovingly) training and encouraging young musicians just shone through his posts like the sun! I remember him telling one discouraged guitarist here ... But thumb chords are your FRIENDS!    :-) I really liked that (even though thumb chords just KILL my hand ...)

He never knew this, but faithfully practicing some of the many finger-picking techniques/exercises he so kindly posted on the digitrad here has influenced my style and made me a better player. I never got to meet him in person, but he 'taught' me well, and I am very grateful.

My heartfelt sympathy to his family and to all who knew him well. His passing is a great loss for the Cat ... but I know his influence and kindliness and expertise will live on, in his music, in the digitrad, and in our hearts.

daylia


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: geeman
Date: 28 Mar 04 - 11:37 PM

Hi Mudcats (I guess that's what you call 'em):
I'm new to this group of folkie nuts, so here's yet more proof of Rick's profound influence - getting me to join. I'm Glen Hornblast, a long-time Toronto folkie. Since Rick's passing, I've run into so many fellow folkies that, like myself, feel the immense loss and sorrow of losing this wonderful human being and musician (although I have a feeling he's still floating around someplace).
Rick gave me tremendous support and encouragement years ago when I was just getting my feet wet as a songwriter. His helpful tips and encouragement probably made me go on when I was ready to quit. There's even a song Rick helped me write - a song which is probably the best song I ever wrote - in the song "Mary", a song about a street person, Rick gave me the last line of the song: "Mary's only crime is being born." Do they have royalties in heaven? Cheaper wings, maybe?
So I just wanted to share with you folks from out of town, how much of a force Rick was in the Toronto folk scene. So many musicians owe their start to this wonderful, generous, humorous song-picker. Just last week I was playing a feature at Toronto's Fat Albert's coffeehouse. In the introduction, I dedicated my "Mary" song to Rick, and mentioned that Rick helped write the last line of the last verse. Lo and behold, just when I got to the last verse, somebody's cellphone went off. Someone finally answered it, but there was no one there. Afterwards, it hit me ... maybe that was Rick? He probably hated cellphones, but I wouldn't put it past him.
To Heather, my best wishes and condolances in dealing with the sorrow. Hopefully, you'll find some comfort in the tremendous and amazing outpouring of love for the man from the entire folk community - not just local but worldwide. All the best, dear Heather.
Glen Hornblast - Toronto


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 12:23 AM

I just found BBC's fine photos of Rick and some of you Catters exactly 37 posts before this one. How did I overlook those??? I'm left wishing I'd had the energy at the Cleveland meeting of the Folk Alliance, where I met Rick for the first and only time, to really hang out with him. He came running out of the hotel to grab my bag when I arrived with Kate Early and Phil Cooper & Margaret Nelson. Then he hauled it up to my hotel room as he figured in my wheelchair I'd have a hard time getting it up there. We talked for about 20 minutes and I was wiped from the trip from Chicago and had to crash for an hour or so before joining the throng. I've never forgotten his kindness that day. Cleveland was 50 degrees F with no snow for that whole February F.A. conference. I'd be willing to bet that the warm welcome I got from Rick that day had a bunch to do with that mid-winter heat wave.

I'll surely miss his presence here.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Matt_R
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 01:25 AM

As I have not been present much of late, I didn't know of Rick's battle with cancer, so his death comes as an incredibly great shock to me. I don't know what to say.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: John J
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 01:06 PM

This is very sad. I have no words.

John
:-(


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Big Mick
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 01:09 PM

Hey Art, take a look at AT THIS ONE. Those are all Mudcatters or their kin. I especially love the smile on Rick and Heathers faces. Wonderful memories of a lunatic day trip. 12 hours driving roundtrip, for a wonderful 3 or 4 hours together. There was not a person in the Jeep that wouldn't have done it all over again.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Peter Watson
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 02:39 PM

Maestro,you illuminated a world for me that would not have existed without your teaching. The light still burns bright in all your students, but our world is forever dimmed. Courage, Heather.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 03:35 PM

Welcome to the Mudcat, geeman/Glen, and thank you so much for sharing with us. It is wonderful to read of the 3D Life of Rick, too.

Funny thing about the cellphone. A couple of others think he may have been playing silly buggers with phones recently, too.:-)


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Janie
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 04:33 PM

Oh no. I have been gone for a week and just saw this. Heather, I can't add to what has already been said. You are in my thoughts and prayers also. Blessings for Rick, you, and all who love you both.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Dave Burton
Date: 29 Mar 04 - 10:05 PM

I only knew Rick briefly, but I always intended to get to know him better. He and Heather are the kind of people this world needs more of. They welcomed me into their home and their hearts. I am saddened by the opportunity that has slipped from my grasp. Heather I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. May you find comfort in your sorrow. Take care.
Dave.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 01:23 AM

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


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Biskit
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 03:17 PM

I'm so saddened to hear of Rick's passing,...I always thought I'd one day hear him play, and maybe sit in,...perhaps on the other side, eh?
May the Lord bless and keep you Heather,and all of Ricks dear Friends
and Family.
~Biskit~


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Peg
Date: 30 Mar 04 - 07:21 PM

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.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Jeri
Date: 06 Apr 04 - 07:48 PM

There's news of a memorial event on Borealis's home page here. Looks like quite a line-up of Rick's Canadian friends!


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Justa Picker
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 04:22 PM

That's a short list.
Apparently there are in excess of 60 people wanting to perform, so many of us will be doubling up with other performers, according to the organizer.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: black walnut
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 04:35 PM

The venue's going to be too small, that's for certain.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 04:38 PM

Maybe I'm wrong, I'm only guessing, but I expect there will be a Mudcat gathering on June 5th in Toronto. How many people can this club hold? I could see this gathering going on for more than 6 hours. Hell, Rick wouldn't have left that early.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 05:17 PM

It sounds like it may become inspiration for an annual festival.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: gnu
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 11:00 AM

Just learned... RIP Rick.

g


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: DougR
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 08:05 PM

My God! I just learned today that Rick died! I never met him but we wrote each other PMs from time to time. I'm so sorry to hear he is no longer with us. Duckboots, if you tune in from time to time, please know that you have my sympathy.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Fortunato
Date: 13 Apr 04 - 07:00 PM

I truly wish I could be there, but susette and I are committed to the Washington Folk Festival that weekend.

Please see the Jed Marum Tribute thread for April 16 and 18 in Washington DC.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,Julie B
Date: 16 Apr 04 - 08:37 AM

Just saw this news. Very sad. Was introduced to him once on a trip to Toronto. Very sad.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 10:28 AM

Our friend Rick Fielding passed away Saturday evening March 20th after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.


It's a month now. My thoughts and prayers are with those closest to Rick and Heather.

It felt to me, just now, like just for a moment, the whole world went still.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Amos
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 10:41 AM

This is an absence which keeps coming back up and cannot be wished away; I share yr feelings.

Heather, I hope you are managing, although I am sure I do not know how.

A


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Apr 04 - 06:46 PM

Hold Heather in your hearts, my friends. This is the first of many painful milestones.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Susan A-R
Date: 28 Apr 04 - 11:34 PM

I hop in and out and had missed this. I'll pop in my Rick cd tomorrow and cook and think of Rick (I'm not even cooking with onions). I've been so impressed with Rick's warmth on a couple of visits to Toronto, and with his humor, insight and good sense on this website. I knew that this was possible/likely, but it's still a massive hole. Condolances to you Heather. I'm working the weekend of the 5th, or I'd make a good effort to be in Toronto.

Susan A-R


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 11:39 PM

Not quite ready to let this sink away.


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: Wolfgang
Date: 05 May 04 - 04:14 AM

For the many who may have not read the thread about the European Mudgathering last weekend.

All music was live with one exception on Saturday night: Rick singing 'Handful of songs'. It was a very moving and adequate tribute.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: izzy
Date: 05 May 04 - 09:33 PM

I haven't been around much lately, so I only just found out. I'm very sorry to hear it. I only had a few exchanges with Mr Fielding but I do remember how much he loved the Round the Horne programmes as well as music. He will certainly be missed on Mudcat.

Best wishes to his family.

Isabel


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Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
From: GUEST,eoin
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 08:02 AM

It has been along time since I've been back to Canada, so I've only recently learned of Rick's passing.

I first met Rick when I was, oh, I'd say about 15-years-old, and he made a strong impression on me. He helped engender in me a love of folk ballads, but also influenced the way I see world, past, present and future.

I remain a union man to this day, thanks in part to him and his music. And as I make my way in the world I am often reminded of his songs, and find myself humming his tunes. In fact, as I sit to type I am struck by the fact that a few of the turns of phrase I rely on all these years later were borrowed from him and his tales, which were always well-tuned in the telling.

What a loss. What a man.

Condolences


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