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Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)

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Subject: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 09:02 PM

Word has reached me tonight that Tom Dundee, a mainstay of the Chicago folk music world at least since the 1970s, was badly injured in a motorcycle accident---that possibly involved a stroke as well. Tommy is an old friend. Details are sketchy but I just want to let his friends and fans in on the little I know. He is apparently at the St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois.

Tom Dundee is a fine songwriter and singer who wrote one of my favorite songs of all time. Titled "A DELICATE BALANCE" --- if it's not in the digitrad I will be posting it soon.   As an original member of the Weavers revival group called WEAVERMANIA, along with Michael Smith, Mark Dvorak and Barbara Barrow, Tom showed this recent generation why we old ones enjoyed the Weavers music so much.

Tonight I'm just numb, and hoping this isn't as bad as it might be...

Art


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 09:21 PM

I am shocked. Tom will be in my prayers. Please keep us posted Art!


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 09:34 PM

Praying.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 11:04 PM

Art,

   Thanks for the post. Margaret called me with the news this evening. Last couple times I heard Tom play he was in top form. I hope he gets through this.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: frogprince
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 11:22 PM

Hadn't had the chance to hear Weavermania, and hadn't realized he was one of the group. Sorry to hear this, and hope for the best for him.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Acme
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 11:33 PM

Nothing in the local newspapers so far.

Best wishes to Mr. Dundee.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 09:33 AM

I think Tom left Weavermania a while ago, but he was part of the original group. I met him when Weavermania played the Hurdy Gurdy a few years ago.   I was very impressed with him and the rest of the group - they captured the spirit of the Weavers without becoming a carbon copy.   Please keep us posted on Tom's condition, our prayers are with him and his family.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 10:29 AM

Ron,

The details are still few, but I've been informed that there might be more cause for optimism this morning.

Art


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Subject: Tom Dundee
From: MadDawg
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 11:03 AM

At 3 AM on Saturday morning, April 15, 2006, Tom Dundee, Chicago singer/songwriter was severely injured in a motorcycle wreck. He suffered serious head and neck trauma and may not survive. The only info I have is from 1:30 AM this morning when I left St Francis Hospital in Evanston. I would ask everyone who knows of this special person to pray for him to whatever or whoever it is you pray to.
Threads combined


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: MadDawg
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 11:58 AM

I was at the hospital last night till 1:30. Tom was heavily sedated and on life support when I left. I just spoke with someone there and they said there was really no change in his condition. My heart is breaking! Tom supported me through a great personal loss and literally gave me the spark to go on. My prayers are that he gets through this thing and recovers.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Stringsinger
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 12:24 PM

I am heartbroken! What a nice guy and talented performer! I am crying.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 05:19 PM

I wish him well. I do not know much about him but what I have learned here, with one exception. He is the author of one of my alltime favorite songs. The song is called "Dog," and I heard it recorded by Bryan Bowers and his autoharp. I make it a point to play this song whenever I whip out the guitar.

I hope he makes a speedy and full recovery.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Mark Ross
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:07 PM

Give Tom my best. We've been losing too many good folks lately. We're pulling for him.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: open mike
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:08 PM

I also heard of Tom thru Bryan singing his Dog song.

I hope he comes around and is able to play sing and write more music.

here are some pictures.
http://www.utahphillips.org/pix21.html

on Folk Stage Midnight Special radio show
these songs of his were played
# Tom Dundee: The I Don't Know Where I'm Going,
    But I'm Going Nowhere in a Hurry Blues
    (Steve Goodman, add. lyrics Tom Dundee)
# Tom Dundee: Heads It's Over (Tails We're Through)
# Tom Dundee: The Baking Power Incident (Lewie Wickham)
# Tom Dundee: Delicate Balance

and here is a song of his from a site that says it is the
Digital Tradition Mirror..with notation...i never saw music
written out (dots and lines) in the D.T. before...

http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/pages/tiBACKON;ttBACKON.html


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 06:58 PM

I did the banjo backup on Tom's original recording of the song about his dog. It was the first and only time I sat in a studio and wore earphones while laying down a separate track. I was nervous and it was ragged but o.k. I guess. Tom re-did it on his recent CD titled: Tom Dundee---Lyfe Arhyme on Flyte Records.

Delicate Balance is on it. Hell, here's the rest too...
The Old Take-It-Easy Guitar
Love Doesn't Die
Out In The Yard
Workin' On The Car
Hello My Heart
Dog
Come Out Of The Blue

and the CD ends with Don't Give Up On Me Now !

Tommy, I love you---and I won't!!!!!!!!!!

Art


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:04 PM

Digital Tradition Mirror


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Bonny
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:07 PM

Tom has been a part of the Kaske family's life (Rockford, IL) since the 70's. He used to buy my grandma Schnapps! "Delicate Balnce" was played at one of my weddings. Got a candle on my altar for him here in New Mexico. Tom, you are loved. xoxoxox Bonny (Kaske) Holder


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: SunnySister
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:17 PM

Keeping him in my thoughts, Art. Please share updates when you get them. Thanks, SunnySister


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 07:33 PM

I keep checkin' here to see what the situation might be----along with Tom's friends who obviously care so much about this fine man. I keep breaking into tears today. I wish I had more to tell.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 08:09 PM

Tom is an amazing man. Back in the 70's when you'd find a bunch of folkies trading one liners (usually at two or three in the morning at the Barbarossa), Tom would wait until evreybody had had thier say a couple of times and then land everyone with a zinger that would shut everybody down. He doesn't say a lot, but when he does you know it's important.
   And while we're listing his songs let us not forget"McBride Argyle Station Furnished Rooms" and "These Cowboys" ( sometimes called Cowboys Born Out Of Thier Time). Those are two of the sadest and most moving song that I have ever heard.

   

    He is in my prayers and in my thoughts.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 08:34 PM

I just talked with Art, and even though I never met or heard Tom, I know how much Art respected and loved him. It's always a shock when someone who has been such a strong presence in our life is suddenly ripped out of it. My prayers go out to Tom and all who love him.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 08:42 PM

I am sending you my best thoughts Art. I hold out for the best for this folkie (and fellow biker) and I do it because of all the love and thoughts you have given to me in some very bad times. Keep your spirits up Art......A lot of your 'Catter friends are behind you and wishing the best for Tom.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: BK Lick
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 10:33 PM

Spent a few hours outside the ICU with a dozen or so of Tom's close friends this afternoon (some who rushed here from as far as Utah and Montana). Several remarked that they have long been aware that he has an astonishingly large group of very close friends many of whom have never met each other.

The outlook for Tom's recovery appears to be very grim according to the trauma surgeon who briefed us late this afternoon. A nuclear medicine scan today showed almost no blood flow to the brain and massive clotting throughout the left hemisphere. They plan to repeat the test tomorrow am but he did not hold out much hope.

Like everyone else, I'm in tears. Tom has been a very close friend of my daughter's since they were in their early twenties. He lived with me for a short time, as he often quips from the stage to his audiences "I've lived with most of you at one time of another."
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 11:15 PM

Art, I am sorry I didn't check this thread earlier. I second what Spaw said. You have a lot of folks here who are with you in spirit and sending lots of love and strength to all concerned, esp. to Tom.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 01:32 AM

I am shaken and numb....but praying as hard as I can. I spent most of today in disbelief.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 09:21 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Steve Romanoski
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 10:09 AM

I'm in a state of shock... I must have seen Tom play several hundred times in my life and I'm hoping that I will again. Hang in there Tom


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Chris in Wheaton
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 11:20 AM

How very, very sad. A great writer, and a great person.
"Love Never Dies" -- one of his many great songs - expresses how we all feel now about him. Many of Tom's songs were also ably recorded by Ginny Reilly and David Maloney - a connection from the time that he lived in Seattle.
Prayers for Tom, Chris


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,marianne, chicago
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 01:32 PM

following the passing of others in the chicago folk music community, i received a card from emily friedman this last christmas. she wrote on the card of her hopes that nothing would happen to any of our other friends in the coming year. it gave me pause then, and now. tom, besides being a great singer/songwriter, is a wonderful man. gentle, kind, and terribly funny all come to mind when i think of him. i have been in utter disbelief since hearing the news. and, all i can remember right now is the way he called me "darlin'" the last time that i heard from him. i kept saying that i was going to make an effort to go out and hear him perform one evening, but, it would appear that now, that will not be possible. hold close those that you love. today is a gift and tomorrow is not promised...

art, if you read this -- all my best to you and carol. i think about you often.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art again
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 09:02 PM

Marianne,
The same from us to you. Lots o' water through the locks---and good memories all the way down the proverbial river. Strange, the best gatherings of the clan these days are at memorials??! But not strange at all, the more I ponder it. And those are celebrations of the people's musical lives----as they ought to be.

As Jerry said, "All I can leave you is a handful of songs!"

Art


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Isaac Hall
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 09:51 PM

This is hard news. My late mother owned The Folkway Coffeehouse in Peterborough, NH and Tom was a close friend. A lyric from "A Delicate Balance" graces her gravestone. Tom, Sasha and I love you and miss you.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: BK Lick
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 11:01 PM

It breaks my heart to have to report that Tom was pronounced shortly before noon today. He's being kept on a respirator pending harvesting of the organs he had donated. Several of his close friends were at the ICU today to say goodbye. Plans are being made for a memorial service.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Art
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 12:32 AM

Damn...


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 12:37 AM

...double damn.....


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: redshirt
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 12:59 AM

As my dad mentioned, Tom and I go back to the early days, when we both hit the open mike at No Exit. Though our pathes crossed too infrequently, I've always held him in my heart. Always will. I woke up at 3:37 am last night, flooded with memories of Tom,and wacky stuff he said and did. We swapped alot of songs, and could catch up with each other pretty quick. Most of the things I remembered made me smile, or laugh right out loud. As we're all in tears, with our hearts broken in tiny pieces, we're all gonna think of Tom at some point, and he'll crack us up. And that's how he'd like it, huh? Thinking about him today, and all his fabulous songs, I wanted to sing one for him. It turned out to be The Lovesick Blues, 'cause he surely did have a georgous yodel. kathy kallick aka redshirt


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: open mike
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:00 AM

that is so difficult...
wouldn't it be wonderful if the
transplant recipients suddenly
begin to sing and play music


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,SunnySister
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:18 AM

I'm so terribly sorry. I was hoping for better news.

I can tell from your writings that Tom was a special man. I just wanted to say that since I heard, all of you that love Tom have been in my thoughts and especially Tom and his family.

I will only add that Tom MUST have knew how much he was loved and cared about. The passion of caring for him here has been unmistakable.

Sending my best out at this hard time,
--SunnySister


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 02:22 AM

He's gone and we are the poorer for it. But we are the richer for having known him to begin with.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: suzi
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 04:09 AM

So very sorry to hear that Tom has passed over....love light and vlessings Im sending to his family and many friends, although I never knew Tom myself, he sounded a wonderful man...

Suzi...x


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: MadDawg
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 04:46 AM

37 wonderful years of memories!


My heart is breaking


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Steve Romanoski
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 09:38 AM

I can't ever remember being this sad before. I took out the single tape that I have of Tom and played it last night. His music will live on in many hearts, but that doesn't make it any easier. I'll miss Tom.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Scooby Doo
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 09:54 AM

I never have heard of Tom but my thoughts go out to all his friends from across the water here in South Wales,UK.
Scooby


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 11:04 AM

God be good to him, and gentle with his loved ones.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: open mike
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 11:07 AM

perhaps this thread needs to be changed to "obit" sad to say....
i am gonna put on the bryan bowers recording with "dog" on it..
Tom will surely be missed. Our world is better for him having
been in it..


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Mike Lindauer
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 12:45 PM

Such sad news. Tom was a wonderful human being.

The only way for me to deal with this loss is to imagine him jamming with Steve Goodman in Heaven.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:19 PM

Chicago Tribune Blog linking to this thread.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: GUEST,Eric Zorn
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 01:57 PM

To have your comments reach a larger audience, please add them also to the thread at the Tribune blog (mine) linked above.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 02:28 PM

For a permanent record of the obituary, I am posting it here. Thanks, JacktS and Eric, for the link and listing:

Nancy Emrich sends this obituary and photo along:

Tom Dundee, 59 – Chicago's Own Troubadour of the Heart

    Deep within there is a feeling
    That love and understanding's the door,
    And honesty is the key that was given to you and me
    To open it and so many more. -- Tom Dundee, "A Delicate Balance"

Tom Dundee would be the first to tell you he wasn't a folk singer. (Though that will surprise his worldwide folk audiences.)   

He was a singer songwriter.   

Better yet he was Chicago's truth teller. Never stridently, rarely loudly. He whispered the news of our lives that really mattered. It was musical poetry mixed with candor, astute humor, understating – always -- his immense musical skill.

You won't find a website for Tom Dundee. Maybe another line from his best known song "A Delicate Balance" covers the way Tom saw the world. "To worry does nothing but steals from the loving and robs from the pleasure that's there."

And so he didn't worry his career along. He let it unfold. A staple of the Chicago music scene since the 1960's, his four decades performing built sustainable loyalty in his audiences. A private party gig in Montana grew into a nine year annual event.

A house concert in Wilmette became an annual festival. A single word placed carefully about the quality of a young singer sparked a band and a CD. A troupe of Chicagoans followed him at every local gig. The songs bore repetition well and his intelligence and curiosity fed his patter between songs. His songs spoke of friendship and he lived it.

A lifelong friend of Earl Pionke, "The Earl of Old Town," Dundee was part of the core of singer songwriters who created the Old Town scene in Chicago in the 1970's: Steve Goodman, John Prine, Fred Holstein, Michael Smith. The famous clubs of the time Holstein's, Wise Fools and Somebody's Else's Troubles formed the backdrop for the music and humor and the life of the Chicago music community.

Tom Dundee knew how to connect the dots. Someone here, someone there, a dash of Dundee and things began to happen. His caring for his audiences enfolded them early in the evening and then, carried by his guitar, songs, stories and humor, the audience would leave wanting more.

His gossamer songwriting touch and master musicianship built him a career touring nationally, and in Europe. He lived and worked variously in New Mexico, California, Nevada, Washington State. His twang and country music lilt developed while he was in Nashville where he eventually recorded his self-named CD and Lyfe Tyme Arhyme both produced by Mark Elliott for Flyte Records.

But he was Chicago born and bred, returning here after every loop of adventure and performances. In recent years Tom was a touring member of the Weavers tribute group "Weavermania." Where he worked with Michael Smith, Barbara Barrow, Mark Dvorak, Chris Walz and others.

When he was off stage, Dundee's quiet attention to detail often placed him in the seat behind the sound board helping friends sound better or sometimes he would use his carpentering skills to build a speaker rack in a venue or a client's deck. He'd turn up unexpectedly to ask a question and stay to solve a problem that interested him. All the while his records quietly sold, his songs inspired public sculpture, his tunes played on elevators across the world.

Dundee's most recent project was the show called "Somebody Else's Troubles," a showcase of the established musicians from Jim Craig, Kat Eggleston, Corky Seigel and James Lee Stanley blended with newer talent that he thought deserved attention like Donna Adler and Gabrielle Schafer. This show was presented in various venues like the Folk Series at Bill's Blues in Evanston and Lilly's on Lincoln over the past three years.

But it all stopped last weekend after a motorcycle accident early Saturday morning and Dundee's death April 18th from resulting complications.   A musical memorial tribute evening is planned on a date to be announced. He is survived by his partner Rhonda Perkins and several cousins.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured
From: Acme
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 02:33 PM

Art and all, I'm so sorry to read of your friend's passing. Thanks for the link back to the blog (and within that, a link to a new article about Art).

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 03:11 PM

Y,know, I read all these obit threads and never know what to say. Except, looks like another good man done gone.

To his friends: Hold him in your hearts, he lives there still.

Bill


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 04:35 PM

The Chicago Tribune obit, with photo and blogs from folks like Thieme.

Chicago Tribune

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 04:45 PM

Although, it's been about for years since I've actually talked to Tom, he's been with me at every performance I've done for the past twent-five or so years. His song, "These Cowboys" has always been one of my favorites and I never let a show go by without singing it. I'll never be able to do it quite the same way from now on. It will always have an extra layer of sorrow attached to it.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Alba
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 05:19 PM

Oh Art. I am so so sorry.
Holding You and the Family and all Friends of Tom Dundee in my Thoughts and Heart.
May he rest peacefully.
With Love.
Judi


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Steve Ferkau
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 05:28 PM

One person posted about Tom on a respirator waiting to donate his organs – Another wrote, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the transplant recipients suddenly begin to sing and play music…"

Tom had a relative with cystic fibrosis – A young girl who lost her life at a very young age because of her cystic fibrosis. I met Tom at a celebration for another young girl with cystic fibrosis – Lizzy… It was a year after Lizzy had received two beautiful lungs from a precious donor like Tom has become…

Tom was there because he had helped organize a "Got Well" party and concert for Lizzy on the one year anniversary of receiving her beautiful lungs… Tom and several other musicians put on a special little concert just for her and any friends she wanted to invite. It was an incredibly beautiful event – And a truly moving thing to do for someone…

We've seen him a few times after that special concert… He is truly a beautiful person. That after his tragic death, he will save other lives, seems so fitting for someone so special… I do hope they find they suddenly have the desire to sing and play music!!!

Steve Ferkau, Chicago IL


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Alvin.McGovern@gmail.com
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 05:56 PM

Tom also wrote:

Love doesn't die;
Love is like a river
Coming from the mountain above
Into the valley below.
You can try to change the way that it's going,
But you're never gonna keep it from flowing.
Love doesn't die.
Love doesn't die. ~Tom Dundee

For those of us who loved him, these are words of comfort.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 05:56 PM

Steve, what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us. We have a couple of Mudcatters who are among us because of generous organ donors and we are the richer for it. I, too, hope the recipients of Tom's generosity suddenly find a love of music, but most of all prolonged life of a better quality.

Thoughts and comfort to his family and friends. And a special {{{{{HUG}}}}} for you, Artdarlin'.

kat


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 08:55 PM

Truly not knowing him , but having had the honor and pleasure of meeting one time and feeling his warmth and outreaching persona I am saddened by this turn of events that seemed to be heading in a positive direction.

Bless him for his contribution, not only to music, but to humanity with his caring and organ donations.

The expression is---Rest In Peace--though I never liked it because we do not look for it

I am sure he is at peace or whatever and wherever because he was a caring and sensitive and creative person.


Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Byron Roche
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 09:32 PM

I will sorely miss my friend Tom. He was a true artist and great human being. Words fail me.
Byron


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,BHK1946@cs.com
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 10:04 PM

we are saddened beyond words
          Brian& Sue Kozin


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Deckman
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 10:40 PM

I never met him, but I always admired him. I knew his music. I saw him once, in a crowd at a festival ... I tried but I couldn't connect. My loss.

What comes through, in this thread, is the depp connection he made with many people of quality. And ... quality is what it's all about folks. I will be PMing a few friends that knew him well.

TONIGHT'S SONGS ARE JUST ECHOS OF THE PAST! My best wishes to everyone. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,kathy marie garness
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 11:14 PM

I just got the news from Stuart Halliday, who heard it on NPR today. I remember Tom from the No Exit when it was on the east side of Glenwood. He had an apartment on the same floor of the studio apartment in the four-plus-one I lived in on Ardmore and Kenmore, when I was just a year out of high school. He would ask me occasionally what I thought of a particular verse - of course I was just a kid and what-did-I-know; it all sounded great to me...
That was a special time in Chicago's folk music scene, with so many great people making their mark indelibly on our hearts, minds and political consciences....

Tom, whereever you are, know that love never dies, and our loving thoughts are with you, now and always....

Kathy


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Guest, susanjane
Date: 19 Apr 06 - 11:58 PM

I remember Tom from the Earl of Old Towne era, when I had the great good fortune of having Steve Goodman as a friend. They were two lovely (and very funny) souls. May Tom and Steve share music and company in Heaven as part of a truly Heavenly choir. One Earth, we'll all miss Tom, as we continue to miss Steve. Blessing and prayers to Tom's loved ones.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Susan Urban
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 12:03 AM

I first saw Tom Dundee when I was doing "How to Be a Folksinger 101" in the early '80's, going from folk club to folk club trying to learn how to be an entertainer. I used his wonderful "Dog" song for a Unitarian Universalist animal blessing service (sung by the great Natural Bob Holdsworth - and Bob, much to his surprise, adopted a dog very much like the one in the song a few weeks later) and also the "Working on the Car" song for another service. I loved the way Tom used words to make a picture of a time and place, and also touched on situations with which other people could identify. Tom looked out at the world with his writing, instead of just inside at his personal thoughts and feelings. A hundred years or two from now, people will be able to listen to his songs and get a picture of life in the time that he lived it - something that I believe all of us songwriters should strive for. He was kind and supportive to lesser known musicians as well - he was very enthusiastic about my musical partnership with Sandy Andina in our band, Sass! Some higher profile performers turn up their noses at lesser known acts, or see them as competition, but Tom was just too nice for that. What an awful loss! Tom will be sorely missed. To paraphase Tom Paxton's song, "If when we die, we go somewhere, I'll bet you a dollar he's singing there..." with Fred Holstein, and Steve Goodman, and Eunice Mast...see you later, gentle friend.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 03:18 AM

Someone posted on the Tribune blog "Is there anywhere online that I can listen even to a snippet of his music?" I referred him to a two-minute sample of the lovely "Waltzing Matilda" performance from the Remembering Fred CD to be found here (clicky) and to some MP3s of the early Freckle recordings of "Delicate Balance" and "Old Take-It-Easy Guitar" to be found here (clicky) -- (scroll down to 6/5/05). My God he had a way with a song -- if you listen prepare to weep for our loss.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Stephen Powers
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 03:39 AM

I am so grateful for this sharing and connection with so many others who knew and loved our brother, Tom Dundee. Your kind words are salve for my broken heart.

Understandably, some have written that no words can describe their love for Tom and their feelings of loss at his passing. I understand. I agree.

Aah, but would Tom say such a thing? I really dont think so. Rather, "T" would grab his pen and paper,rip open his heart, empty his pockets, reach out, try harder, perhaps say very little, and yet find exactly the right words to express those deep, complex feelings that we all have, but may not be able to articulate. And too, there would probably be a perfect, singable melody to accompany the words.

This was the genius of Tom Dundee. He was a kind, gentle everyman, a friend to all, who wrote some of the best songs ever written... songs with heart, joyful songs, playful songs, transcedant songs, love songs, so many songs, songs that will never die.

34 years ago I had the honor to begin working with Tom, promoting his performances and producing his first ever recordings on "Get Folked" Live At Charlotte's Web. He became a brother to me, as good a friend as any man could ever hope to have. He sang at my wedding. Last year, he cradled my newborn son, Cedar, just hours after he was born and christened him "Brave Lone Tree Of The Bright Blue Tribe" (Tom was "Chief Thunder" of that tribe.)

I have been crying for days. Unable to imagine a world without Tom Dundee. Today, I read this blog and realize that I am not alone. Thank you.
   
My wife, Tigris and I spent yesterday in joyful, tearful celebration of Tom's life and feeling enormous sorrow at his passing.   Tigris performed a blessing and last rites in our guest room where he has lived for much of the past two years, releasing his spirit, surrounded by pure love and light. We know that where he is, God is.

Now, we have just returned from a long, slow drive along Santa Monica mountain roads that he loved to ride on his motorcycle, looking out across glorious peaks he described to us often in poetic detail, hearing him, feeling him, loving him. Our "Tompanga" Dundee. Everyone's buddy. A lover. A songsmith extraordinaire. A guitar man. A clever wit, ever ready with a joke to lighten the day. A listener. A helping hand. Always an artist, with wood and with words. A great talent. A dear man, a good man, a man of peace. A great friend whom we will always love and never forget.

We give thanks today for Tom Dundee.

Stephen Powers
Topanga, California


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,sue demel
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 10:21 AM

Humor, wisdom, truth and harmony walked around in a man named Tom Dundee... What an honor to hear his songs and stories. And how sweet to see we all carry his light with us now through the knowing. And, wasn't it lovely to be called darlin'?
love and peace to all,
sue demel
(sons of the never wrong)


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Lewis Koch
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 01:25 PM

Tom lost his immediate family fairly early on but he so genuinely filled his songs and friendships and just his being in this world with a very real sense of love, that he gained a larger family than probably anyone else I know. It's clear from all the letters and notes already here. Tom and I became friends in the early years of Charlotte's Web where he was like the house musician in a house full of wonderful musicians. If tears could talk, they would tell about this friend of thirty-and more years. He was a brother, as he was a brother to the so many good friends he made over the years. There's a big empty spot in my heart right now but his songs remain and help fill that space. You were so right, Tom, love doesn't die—you're with us still.

Lewis Koch, Madison, WI, 4/20/06
lewiskoch@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Mark Elliott
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 02:01 PM

I met Tom in Nashville, through our mutual friend, David Maloney. Lucky for me, I had the chance to form my own friendship with him over the last 14 years or so. That friendship was built on much shared music, flying airplanes, canoeing, playing Hoops and laughing - a lot of laughing!

I had the honor to produce 2 of his Nashville records and have nothing but joy and respect for the man and the music.

I love ya' brother!
- Mark


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Liz Ralston
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 03:42 PM

I didn't know Tom all that well, but from the times I spent with him, it was clear he was a warm and loving person and a cheshire cat within.

I spent some time cruising poetry while thinking of Tom and found this lovely poem that rang true.

Peace,
Liz


YOU kin talk about yer anthems
An' yer arias an' sich,
An' yer modern choir-singin'
That you think so awful rich;
But you orter heerd us youngsters
In the times now far away,
A-singin' o' the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.

There was some of us sung treble
An' a few of us growled bass,
An' the tide o' song flowed smoothly
With its 'comp'niment o' grace;
There was spirit in that music,
An' a kind o' solemn sway,
A-singin' o' the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.

I remember oft o' standin'
In my homespun pantaloons--
On my face the bronze an' freckles
O' the suns o' youthful Junes--
Thinkin' that no mortal minstrel
Ever chanted sich a lay
As the ol' tunes we was singin'
In the ol'-fashioned way.

The boys 'ud always lead us,
An' the girls 'ud all chime in,
Till the sweetness o' the singin'
Robbed the list'nin' soul o' sin;
An' I used to tell the parson
'T was as good to sing as pray,
When the people sung the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.

How I long ag'in to hear 'em
Pourin' forth from soul to soul,
With the treble high an' meller,
An' the bass's mighty roll;

But the times is very diff'rent,
An' the music heerd to-day
Ain't the singin' o' the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.

Little screechin' by a woman,
Little squawkin' by a man,
Then the organ's twiddle-twaddle,
Jest the empty space to span,--
An' ef you should even think it,
'T is n't proper fur to say
That you want to hear the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.

But I think that some bright mornin',
When the toils of life air o'er,
An' the sun o' heaven arisin'
Glads with light the happy shore,
I shall hear the angel chorus,
In the realms of endless day,
A-singin' o' the ol' tunes
In the ol'-fashioned way.


Paul Laurence Dunbar


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Tigris Powers
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 04:19 PM

Yes...yes it was lovely to be called, "darlin'". If there was ever anyone who could make you feel special, it was Tom Dundee. A gentleman of his kind is too rare in this day and age. A Gentle Man. His soul would purr like a kitten trough his blue eyes. Behind his quiet nature, there was a novel of stories that spoke of living. Stories that he loved to tell because he would live the moments all over again as he spoke the words, poetically. Listening to Tom describe a memory or a scene was often better then experiencing it yourself, because you were able to see, even for just a brief moment, through those soft, gentle, kitten eyes that captured every beautifully rendered detail. I'll miss hearing those stories and I find myself trying to remember them all now. I suppose they'll come to me in moments when I'm least expecting it....special moments that I'm sure all who knew Tom will have in the days, months, years ahead, when we stop and smile and say, "hey, T, haven't you told me that one before..." and we'll laugh, but it won't feel quite as good without his big, juicy heart in the room there with us.

I love you, Tom. I just love you.

"Tyg" Powers
Topanga, CA


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Amos
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 05:40 PM

I have just listened, all touched, to the MP3 linked above to "A Delicate Balance" and, Art, my heart goes out to you. ANother great soul I wish I had known. Hugs to you, and chin up.

Warmest regards,


A


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Matt Stevens
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 06:32 PM

I met Tom just six months ago. I had the great fortune of seeing him perform at The Old Town School in January. He shared his stage with me at Sterch's and Lilly's, and we had a couple of beers together. He gave me his time, and consideration, and the influence to continue writing from the heart. And for that I am forever grateful. He is a solid man, through and through. God bless him.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 06:59 PM

This thread is a good example of why I keep coming to the Mudcat. Thank you all for sharing Tom with us. I hope some of you will join us more often and share more than the sad times of life; you would all be most welcome.

Sending good thoughts and thanks givings, esp. to Art for teaching me so much...

kat in Colorado


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Amos
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 07:06 PM

Here ya go, Art.

Love,

A


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 20 Apr 06 - 11:51 PM

There will be a Memorial Tribute Concert for Tom on May 14 at 5 pm at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

This news comes from Juel Ulven of the Fox Valley Folk Music Society.


Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 12:00 AM

I sure hope Art can get to it.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,jeanne
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 12:45 AM

I never met Tom in person, but have appreciated his music since first hearing it many years ago. Last year, when my husband who is a sculptor, was commissioned to do a piece for the City of Walla Walla's public art collection, he designed a sculpture called "A Delicate Balance." He wanted to use a verse of Tom's song as part of the piece. Using the miracle of the internet, I was able to find Tom, to ask his permission. I sent him Wayne's drawing of the proposed piece, and asked what the fee would be for use of the lyric. He answered right away, with great enthusiasm for the project, and saying, "The fee is a bottle of 16 year old Lagavulin Scotch, and I'd like you to save it so we can share it when we meet." We corresponded a couple of times after that... I sent him a dvd of the dedication ceremony for the sculpture, where we played his recording of "A Delicate Balance." (Which he very kindly sent us, since we didn't own it.) I also sent him the bottle of Lagavulin, since I was afraid he might not ever make it to Walla Walla, though he talked of coming here some day to see the sculpture. I figured we could get another bottle to share with him then. We so hoped we would be able to meet this kind and generous man.

Our hearts go out to all who knew him in this sad time. . . . our spirits are heavy, even after so brief and transient a connection with Tom.

If anyone would like to see the sculpture, it's on Wayne's website http://www.waynechabre.com/pubart_pages/balance.html


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 02:43 AM

I've put three mp3s from Lyfe Tyme Arhyme on my webspace:
Love Doesn't Die
Hello My Heart
Come Out of the Blue

Use the word "mudcat" for both user name and password.
Please don't post these links publicly anywhere.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 08:07 AM

Tom-I didn't mean what I said...I'd like to hear the "dog" song one more time...love you always...Randy


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Bruce Holmes
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 10:09 AM

I remember the first time I met Tom we were playing a festival. I was a nobody and he was, well, he was Tom Dundee. And he came up, introduced himself, chatted a while, put my shy self at ease. Just a nice guy who went out of his way to treat me like I mattered.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Bob (Gordon) Levine
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 12:33 PM

Thanks to you, Art and everyone else that has shared memories, pics and music. I can see "T" smiling and a bit embarrased over all the love and outflowing of emotions. I played ball, performed and recorded (Delicate Balance) with him in the late 70's and early 80's. How fortunate we all are to have known him.
Thanks again.

B


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Abe Beeson
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 06:58 PM

Tom was a friend of my parents when I was growing up in Duvall, Washington, a little red-neck-hippie-town 45 minutes east of Seattle. Tom would play at my folks' restaurant, The Silver Spoon, often with his friends Reilly & Malony and Bryan Bowers. When Tom has to move, he left his dog Bob Johnson behind. Bob lived with us until his death in 1988, survived by his son Howard Johnson, who died not long after. Tom would call every once in awhile to get an update on Bob, stopping by for "visitation" when he made it back to the Northwest. Bob was also featured on the front and back cover of Tom's album A Delicate Balance. I would love to find a copy of that today. I'll always remember Tom as one of the nicest "grown-ups" I ever met and I'm deeply saddened - as are my folks - to hear this news, but glad (certainly not surprised) to find so many of his friends here on this thread.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 07:10 PM

Abe, a quick search on google came up with a digitally remastered copy of A Delicate Balance. It's fairly pricey and they don't show the cover art, as well say they have to orer it from their suppliers. It is here.

Probably be better to ask Dick Greenhaus, owner of the DigiTrad and Camsco Records, if he can get it. It all helps to support the DT and he's a whiz at finding things to do with albums.

Thanks, again, to all of you who have shared your stories...

kat


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 21 Apr 06 - 11:40 PM

At Eric Zorn's blog I posted this true tale (not tall at all) of Tom riding his bicycle to the Winnipeg Folk Festival one year. We were both on the bill, and Tom called me from the middle of Minnesota all in a snit about how his bicycle's seat was, for sure, the wrong one! Tom was developing the world's worse case of saddle soreness. He knew I was flying up there later that day and wanted me to get his seat with the extra padding and bring it up to him. Well, I did that, but that bike seat in my backpack set off every alarm at Ohare Field. I was whisked into a side room where the pipe on the seat that fit into the bike was thoroughly prodded. (They thought it was a pipe bomb!)-----Tom was very glad to have that sheepskin covered seat for the long ride back to Chicago. --- He bought me several beers at the festival hotel that night!

Already this thread is less mournful and more celebratory. Nice.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 12:03 AM

There sure are a ton of old friends here in this thread for Tommy; folks from Old Town and the Lincoln Avenue scene when we were all there and doing it. I miss hearing and seeing you all. It will forever be an incandescent, noir, multi-colored, smoke dream and neon-on-wet-pavement memory for me. As Duke Nathaus might say, "Tanks to all o' yuz!!"

Art


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: DADGBE
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 01:28 AM

Rest easy, Tom. I'll always remember you at the Earl. Here's a beer in your honor.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Mark Elliott
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 02:41 AM

Hi Folks,

All of Tom's Nashville friends send their love and support to all of Tom's Chicago friends and for that matter, to all his many "2nd. homes" around the country.

I just posted 6 MP3's from the 2 CD's I produced with Tom. Go to
www.markelliottmusic.com and click on the picture of Tom.

Love & Peace,

Mark


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Deckman
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 10:04 AM

If you'll go to the Reilly and Maloney website, you'll see that they have posted a rememberence of Tom with some very nice photos. Just google reilly and maloney. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Susan Madden
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 01:33 PM

All week I have gratefully absorbed the tear-filled, heartfelt memories here. It has been a salve for my soul, helping me to understand why I feel so bloody sad.

It was probably '82 or so when I first met Tom. Our paths crossed left and right over the years, he visited my radio show a time or two, I'd catch him at The Silver Spoon or Folklife and see him often at Bryan and Jeri's playing hoops with Bowers and the boys or...working out front on his car.

About 10 years later, I was licking my wounds from a failed relationship, virtually homeless and given shelter at "Bowers' Towers", that funky, welcoming 3-story Victorian fixer-upper. Dundee was crashing in some other room, and would show up alongside my pallet on the floor with a strong cuppa joe, ready to start the day with shared tales of the vagueries of love lost and won, gently encouraging me not to sink deeper into that dark place. That mellifluous and sandy voice of his could melt ice off a glacier and make grown women weak in the knees. You only had to hear him say [your name here] and it would never sound quite as sweet again, from anyone.

I came across a piece of fabric today, saved from one of my favorite old cowboy shirts. Worn and frayed, yet soft and durable, blue as Tom's eyes, impossible to say goodbye to.

What a truly beloved man, our Dundee, to be lifted far above the common measures of success and heralded as such an adored spirit.

Thank you all for the remembrances, keep 'em coming!

from the NW corner,
Susan Madden


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 06:59 PM

The Reilly and Maloney remembrance is here (click me).


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Scott -wilmette Theater
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 05:15 AM

To Roni Perkins,

I like so many others who read about Tom's unexpected death in the papers are saddened and shocked beyond words. And to you I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences on your own personal lost.

I want to share this memory of Tom with you. I told him one time when you and first came to the Wilmette theater looking for the "Fastest Indian" movie poster. I don't know if you heard it this so I would like to relate it to you.

When he released the Delicate Balance LP, and was playing the clubs back then Tom played the Heartland café in Rogers Park when I and about 4 friends went to see him play. There was not a big crowd but he played like there were 100 of people in the room.
After it was over he was sitting at the piano and we came and talked to him. Usual stuff saying how much we liked the show liked the LP he just released. I mentioned how I also like his Song Back on the Streets again. Now I can't remember if I asked or not but he started to play the chorus of the song and we all sang along. I think he might have played it twice. It is a memory that has always stayed with me. Tom took the time to talk to us not rushed us off like most maybe would have done. He seemed to me at least generally touched and maybe a little awed that people remember the songs he sung and how they touched there life. I remember after he gave me the CD (Lyfe Tyme A Ryme) and I told him how I smiled hearing him for the 1st time in along time and how warm his voiced was. He seemed also touch if maybe a little embarrassed but I meant every word of it. I am glad to have gotten to know him and you just a little and that he took the time to say hi when you and he came to the theater. If there is a heaven I just want to say it is now in a little more balance now he is there. Again, my deepest sympathies with all my heart.

                                        Scott Gotthelf
                                        Wilmette Theatre


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 05:57 PM

Are there plans to re-release "Lyfe Tyme A Rhyme"?


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Subject: Need Tom Dundee photos by April 27th !!
From: BK Lick
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 09:42 PM

Holly Siegel has sent out a request for photos of Tom for the memorial concert. She writes
We will need the photos by April 27 for time to create a slide presentation. Please send any photos you have in a digital format as an email attachment. Jpegs are preferable. If you can scan any photos that are not in a digital form that would be appreciated. Send them to cork@chamberblues.com and allow them to remain as high resolution as possible.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Once Famous
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 10:37 PM

Wow. Just catching up with things

Most all of this happened while I was out of the country over 10 days.

I am deeply saddened by this loss to my music community here in Chicago.

Here at Mudcat, I am very much incognito, but I am honored that I have played and performed on some of the same stages as the great Tom Dundee had performed at.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Maggie Miles
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 11:59 PM

This is on Eric's blog, but thought it a good idea to place it here also. There will be another gathering for Tom at Lilly's on 5-7, at 6pm. Hope to see you there.

                      Maggie Miles


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 03:21 AM

Tom was a natural storyteller—take this excerpt from a December 2003 message he sent to his email list describing an upcoming "Somebody Else's Troubles Sundays" concert.    —BK
Something I discovered this past summer is that one can recover from a surgery as easily in an inflatable boat as on a couch. It wasn't even that difficult to drag the big balloon to the shore. After a momentary trepidation in regard to the result of allowing myself to fall down backward in my condition, I considered the alternative: drag myself back upstairs where my choice of distraction was Judge Judy or Springer. Realizing there are many things worse than death (and we don't even have cable) I surrendered myself spread-eagle and my old Sevylor 2-man welcomed me like an ancient leather smoking chair in an English library. And I was off.

A mile up the shore Pat Hall loomed above me. I had rowed to the Jarvis breakwater and he had stopped to peruse the inland sea where years ago he had occupation in guarding the lives of swimmers in tranquil waters; waters that could turn perilous faster than the devil changes mood. Probably unbeknownst to his lakefront cohorts in those days was his burgeoning talent as a barrel house rhythm piano player.

In the final years of Somebody Else's Troubles, Pat and his partner, Dave Grier, performed as a duo calling themselves "A Coupla Fat Guys."

They were the house act sometimes playing seven nights a week while waiting for The Earl. In that time they had developed a cult of followers for their boogie and blues, and deservedly so. But the real show was the ongoing rapport between them, although mostly Pat, and Earl. Clashing like cheap cymbals in a high school marching band, on a good night they made the Stooges look like a support group.

Ever since I started hosting SETS, I've wanted to have Pat bring his "Fat Guy Band" in for a show. (Dave has since retired from playing music publicly: the group now consists of a guitarist and two ladies, one being Micki Croisant). I have however hesitated making that contact, not knowing how the relationship ended between the entertainer and the proprietor. Spontaniously from the boat I asked Pat if he'd have any interest in returning to the old stage on Lincoln. Slowly the back of his head began to rise and his chin receded as if being reeled up from behind. As he glared from the tops of his eyes he asked, "Is Earl gonna be there?" His personality had changed as in a horror movie. Supposing the opportunity had passed, I said that there was a good chance of that. After a timeless moment, with ever darkening countenance he said, 'Let's do it' and rode off on his bike like Brian Urlacher leaving the locker room to go face the Packers.


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Subject: Remembering comments byTom Dundee
From: GUEST,susan@seattledulcimer.com
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 06:25 PM

I was producing my first concert in the town of Mendocino. Tom was driving south on Highway 1 and had added up the miles on the map. What he didn't know was that it was a slow, winding road for hours, a much longer time than he had planned on . He called to say he would be there in time but would meet me at the venue. He managed to make it just a few minutes after start time. None of the people had ever heard Tom; they were there because they were fans of the song "Delicate Balance" which Steve Seskin always sang. They were all sitting there in rows of chairs waiting quietly when Tom walked in. Apparently he was used to about 25 people coming to house concerts and there were twice as many. He looked at me in surprise and said quietly, "I hope I'm good."


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Sharoon
Date: 29 Apr 06 - 10:13 PM

Tom was my frined for over twenty years. WE didn't speak often, didn't do more than email these last few years but he was always in my heart and always a friend. He will not be forgotten...I am in total shock....faretheewell my friend...;-(


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Apr 06 - 06:59 AM

We keep telling each other that 'The Folk World' is very small , but there are still far too many performers I have never heard OF , let alone heard perform ! Tom Dundee is a case in point - Obviously MY loss .


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,GUEST,JD Dragus
Date: 30 Apr 06 - 02:06 PM

I too was one of Tom's close friends - as BK Lick posted earlier, there's a whole bunch of us from all over the country that don't necesarily know each other, so I thought I'd post this and open a dialog.

Tom was the best man at my wedding in '91. Probably one of the only times Tom wore a tux in his life. We'd known each other for a few years at that point - I tended bar at Orphans for the last few years they were open; Tom and I spent a lot of time together playing golf, bowling and just hanging out. We stayed real close until the present day. He was that one person that I could tell anything and everything to. He knew most of my deepest darkest secrets and I knew most of his. We just went bowling last month. He kicked my ass.

I somehow didn't hear about this happening to Tom until a week later. I spent a few hours with Roni at Tom's place earlier this week; she filled me in on what she could.

If some of the folks that were at the hospital with Tom on Saturday could write me and let me know what happened - not to be morbid - I just want to know what happened to my buddy. Roni told me she didn't get there until 6 that evening and told me that the reports after Tom got out of surgery were that he would fully recover. I can't connect the dots between that and the massive stroke that killed him.

If somebody could fill me in, I'd sure appreciate it. My email is jd909@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks.

JD Dragus


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 06 May 06 - 10:44 PM

The WNUR Folk Show tomorrow morning will be dedicated to Tom. It will air on Sunday, May7 from 10am to Noon CDT at 89.3FM WNUR - Evanston and online at www.wnur.org/ and will be archived later for streaming -- details here. Performing guests to include Mick Scott, Kat Eggleston, Chris Farrell, Donna Adler, Small Potatoes, David Bragman,and Jamie Swise.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Michael Tomlinson
Date: 07 May 06 - 09:56 PM

Tom Dundee has come into my thoughts so many times over this last month. TR Ritchie emailed me the night of his accident and I remember grabbing my guitar and singing something for Tom right then. It seemed to be the best way to pray for him. I sat that night, feeling Tom, remembering the times we'd shared the stage back in the 80s, times since then when we'd taken long walks and Tom had told me of his latest adventures. There are few people who have inspired as many re-tellings of a story as Tom Dundee. His real life experiences were just so magical and outlandish and charming and insane that you couldn't help but tell a friend or two.

If he was incarnate back then, I'd swear Tom might have been Davy Crockett. He was that kind of traveling storyteller/adventurer/ambassador. There was the time he woke up from sleeping at a roadside rest stop in his car, when a group of runners came up the road. It was a marathon and half-marathon being run. All Tom had were the cowboy boots he had on. He decided instantly to run along, thinking he'd laugh a bit, then turn around and come back. But he started enjoying it and thinking, "Hey, I could maybe complete this thing!" So he ran a half-marathon in his cowboy boots. As if that itself weren't enough to stun any listener, then he added, "What amazed me was that I had this calcium deposit on my heel that hurt like hell. Man, by the end of that run it had completely disappeared!"

The night before Tom's passing I sat after I sang for him and tried to feel him. I asked that my own spirit touch his and comfort him, listen to him, whatever happens when two souls really connect. What I felt was so beautiful. Tom was laughing. He was not in the least unhappy. Tom was happy about where he was in that very moment. I got the strongest feeling that he was off on another of his adventures.

I'm not saying this to be upbeat and optimistic about what goes on after we pass on. I'm just sharing what I felt from Tom that night. I thought if it hadn't occurred to you, that you might like to know.

Michael Tomlinson - Seattle, WA


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,margo Lincoln Ave.
Date: 08 May 06 - 01:46 AM

Snail mail just brought me this sad, sad news. Hi, Art. I loved Tom Dundee. There was NO ONE who didn't love Tom Dundee.I met him in the 70s on Lincoln Avenue. I was a cocktail waitress and a bartender -- and a college professor. Tom loved the Cubs (even though he loved baseball). He loved the Buddha. He loooooved seaweed juice. Whatever sturm und drang I suffered (and they were frequent, me being a drama queen), Tom would hug me and smile, and tell me how it all passes, it all passes. Tom was a hellraiser, too. Are there any more of us left? Tom had a beater then that he called Magenta. One of the things we loved to do in the winter is harrass Chicago's Snow Patrol. They would plow an area, go on to another place, and we six would jump out of the car and do snow angels like crazy (spreading the snow back in the street, of course. We would bellow SNOW PATROL! They chased us once, so we split a 12 pack with them. They let Tom sit on the top of the plow's cab. Then we all broke into song (I've forgotten which.) I will continue reading the notes posted here -- and say a couple of prayers. Mike Jordan, Fred Holstein, Tom Dundee.
What a time we had, didn't we, Art? I'm retired, been living in Florida for a couple of years. Love, Margo Rogalin Gariepy mgariepy@swfla.rr.com


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,GUEST,Tom Ogburn
Date: 08 May 06 - 02:18 AM

I thought for a minute that I would not know where to start. But then I remember something I wrote to TR and Michael concerning your death. In July of 1982, as I drove over the Cascades into the wet side of the state, I heard some incredible music from a radio station I had tuned into in my old Dodge van. New music, to me, but what I was to learn was well known to many others along the northern corridor of the country. I heard "A Delicate Balance" for the first time, played on KEZX, and I was taken by the message. Then I heard "The Climb," just a few minutes later. "What world is this," I wondered, as I approached my home.

It was the first time I had ever known a true home. A home of the heart. My family grew from the friends I made, and one of the first was you. I remember the puzzled look on your face when I handed you a card, and asked if you might ever need a graphic designer for an album project. Two or three days later I got a call and you explained that you had just finished a new album and had no clue who to go to for the design. In the next few years, I was introduced to an extended family of musicians, music lovers, radio and recording people, and concerts and gigs, venues and critics, and songwriters who taught me, through just sheer exuberance and belief, that to live what you love best is the best life you can live.

I remember that dog Bob Johnson, sitting on cue for the album photo shoot. Both of us driving to Vancouver, BC, to shrink wrap "Right Lane Man" by hand while the record company guys looked on in bewilderment. But you had a budget, man… Shooting pool, the Doghouse for breakfast, and wandering around the Northwest with you and TR Ritchie. Sitting at the door, then listening to you both change the night into reflection and peace. I learned a lot about friendship in those years, and at times I still feel that you are a bodhisaatva in a way. Croquet tournaments that were contact sport as everyone tried to take home pink flamingos. I can't tell you how many times I've introduced my friends to Prairie Fires, as you did for me at the Virginia Tavern. I crawl-walked all the way back up to Queen Anne Hill…

When I called one of my friends to tell her that you had died, I mentioned to her all sorts of remnant pieces of our friendship, over twenty years ago. I mentioned those Prairie Fires, and she said, "So HE's the guy responsible for that." And I smiled, cause that was as sly a comment as you would have made, Dundee. She crawl-walked home with me one night after Prairie Fires a few months ago. Luckily, I'd forgotten that part.

I just read Michael's post, and like him, I heard of your accident from TR by email. It took the wind from me, and left a gaping hole as his message said, "Tom, we're going to lose him." That night TR and I spoke by phone and I learned you took off at last. These last few weeks have been hard, just knowing the times that I could have traveled to Chicago, or to Nashville, to hang out and have one more beer, or eight more Prairie Fires. I can't express how sad I am that I lost touch with you, my friend. But I can say that I have told many friends about you over the years, and what I learned in Seattle from a family of creative people who taught me to follow your heart.

Last November, I learned that my lead Professor, who taught me almost all I know about painting, had slipped into dementia and suffers from rapidly advancing Alzheimer's. I teach now in a college, and as I read the letter from his wife to my students, I told them of Harry's words to me as a student, and how my words are just an amalgam of all that I've been taught by many great teachers and dear friends. After that, I read them the lyrics to "A Delicate Balance" as a eulogy to Harry. It was hard to get through that reading, for many reasons. And now, I understand that you have gone. And there is that large, gaping hole. But in it, there is feeling that your lessons in friendship will more than fill that gap, my old friend.

Thank you, TR, for sharing with me Tom's passing. Thank you, Dundee, for pointing me in the right direction.

Peace and Care to all of you,

Tom


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 09 May 06 - 04:39 AM

This past Sunday night, May 7th,2006, a small bar called Lily's on Lincoln Ave. in Chicago payed tribute to Tom's memory. A more formal tribute will be held next Sunday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. That will be the funeral. Last Sunday was the wake; a bunch of old friends gathering to sing songs, swap stories, and drink to Tom's memory. Amongst the performers were Al Day, Harry Waller, Sandy Andina, Mick Scott, Irwin Helfer, and so many others. I know that I'm leaving out, at least, a dozen or so. My apologies to those I left out. The finale was Chris Farrel leading all of the performers plus Earl Pionke to sing "Delicate Balance". It was quite an experience and quite a send-off. Some of the people there I hadn't seen in upwards of twenty years. We all seemed to pick up the conversation where it had left off. My only regret is that it would have been nice to have re-united with these folks under happier circumstances.
    There is a fund which has been set up to help to pay for Tom' last expenses and to get him a proper headstone. As soon as I have an address for it I'll post it here.

Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 09 May 06 - 08:52 PM

The Tom Dundee Memorial/Benefit Fund
P.O. Box 269212
Chicago, IL 60626


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Chris in Wheaton
Date: 15 May 06 - 02:03 PM

Thanks to all who performed and helped with the memorial concert last night at the Old Town School for our good friend, Tom. The comment that kept being repeated was that Tom always greeted and treated everyone as if they were his or her best friend. It was a very sad night, but it makes me very glad and proud that have I supported and received so much from this folk music community for going on 40 years. A greater group of people will never be found.
Chris in Wheaton


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,TR Ritchie
Date: 20 Sep 06 - 12:30 AM

Here's one for ya, Tommy...

I'M GONNA TAKE IT WITH ME WHEN I GO
(c)2006 TR Ritchie   

When it's my time to go it's not the dying that I mind
But I'm sure gonna miss some things I'll have to leave behind
So I've thought the matter through and I've decided what to do
I'm gonna take it with me when I go

I'm gonna take it with me when I go
They say it can't be done, but no one knows
So let the record show I've defied the status quo
'Cause I'm gonna take it with me when I go

I'll say good-bye to my old walking shoes
And leave them here for someone else to use
Those shoes have served me well
and oh, the stories they could tell
That's what I'll take with me when I go

I'll hand off my guitar for someone else to play
May it take them just as far as it did me in my day
I'll miss it when I'm gone but I'll hang onto the songs
That's what I'll take with me when I go

It'll be fare-the-well my darlings I loved you one and all
I'm ever in your debt for tender moments I recall
The temptations of your charms, the shelter of your arms
That's what I'll take with me when I go

I'll gather up the memories of the many friends I've known
I'll take along the love and kindness I've been shown
The light of all those hearts will be a beacon in the dark
That's what I'll take with me when I go


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 01:32 AM

For the last few days Tom has been much in my thoughts as we approach the anniversary of his death. Then today a relative telephoned me to ask if I might possibly be able to procure a ticket for him to "next month's sold-out Tom Dundee concert" -- it was hard having to tell him that the Web page he had seen announced a memorial concert that took place a year ago.

I miss the guy terribly, as must all of us who loved him so.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 07:06 PM

Bruce,

You're correct, good sir. I've been thinking of Tom recently too---I hadn't realized -- it's been a year already. ---- I do hope you folks are well!! We're hangin' in. No noose though.
(No noose is good noose!)

Art


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 07:11 PM

I was thinking about Tom the other day as well. I'll miss the killer version of Moma Tried that he used to sing.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 07:22 PM

I think of Tom every time I perform his song "These Cowboys". I've had some people asking about where to find recordings of his music lately. I know that there a re a few links in this thread. Any additional links would be greatly appreciated.

Stephen Lee Rich


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 11:45 PM

The Tom Dundee cd is out. It is sad to hear him, but Jim Tullio did an excellent job of selecting songs and included some great stories by Tom too. Nice to hear some of the old songs.
Chris in Portland (was Wheaton)


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 19 Apr 07 - 12:35 AM

Actually, there are two 2-CD sets newly released -- available here (click me).


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 19 Apr 07 - 12:47 AM

Thanks, BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Jeanette
Date: 19 Apr 07 - 10:58 AM

I've posted this before, but just so people know, there is a Tom Dundee Memorial myspace here: http://www.myspace.com/tomdundee, maintained by myself and by James Lee Stanley.

If you're a myspace member, please go and friend the site. Even if you're not, but you have memories or pictures of Tom that you'd like to share, please email me direct at sibyljes@yahoo.com and I'll arrange to put up an album of your pictures or otherwise. All of the CD's at CD Baby and the new website that Mark Elliott put together are linked to the myspace as well.

I only knew Tom for about two years but he made a big impact on me. I send heartfelt condolences to all of you who knew him well.
-Jeanette


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,ET Puget Sound Area
Date: 30 Jul 07 - 05:38 PM

Like a ripple in a calm lake, this heartshattering news finally reaches those of us who lived farther away, and yet remain blessed by Tom Dundee's influence.

When I put his CDs on this morning, for some reason, it just seemed right. Then I went to the Internet to see if there was any new news about Tom.

We were last in touch in November before he died in April last year. He sent me his CDs; I sent him a scarf. Scarves were a running joke between us.

We put a tile in the Pike Place Market floor in '86--"Right Lane Man." I had the certificate mounted and framed as a coffee cup coaster and gave it to Tom. Last time I saw it, he kept it in his truck.

I believe he's circling around us all--up there--somewhere, singin', hummin' and laughin' with us.

Tom told me a story about his father's death. He told me that his father was in a bank (I think) and felt 'not right', so asked for a place to lie down. He laid his body down on a bench and said "I don't feel good," and then turned his head and he died. Tom said that he wanted to go that way, quickly and quietly.

It's good news that he had a partner and that he went out on his bike. It doesn't sound like he suffered: God just came for him because He needed a storyteller with a voice and a heart.

Part of Tom will always be with us and we are all blessed.

Love, ET


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 30 Jul 07 - 11:41 PM

Thanks, Jeanette.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Sharoonie
Date: 10 May 08 - 02:28 AM

I miss my wonderful friend...thinking of you always...but especially right this very moment.....


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:41 AM

Coming up on three years now since Tom left us -- thought I'd refresh this thread.
Up above I posted links to three mp3s. Here's one more (use mudcat for name and pasword)
of Kat Eggleston and Michael Johnson's lovely version of "Love Doesn't Die."
More of this magical stuff is available at CD Baby.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 02:28 AM

Wanted to refresh this thread on the fourth anniversary of Tom's death, and place a link here
to this video (containing a few stage patter clips followed by A Delicate Balance) which was screened
at the Memorial Tribute Concert on May 14, 2006 at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
—BK


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 03:55 PM

nothing to do with this post, but saw your mention of Leonda Hardison. I remember her singing to a bunch of us when we were kids on the Cape. Always wondered what became of her


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 07:09 PM

Been five years now. Listen to some of Tom's songs tomorrow.
Don't we ever miss that guy!


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 24 Apr 12 - 05:13 PM

Remembering Tom.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: BK Lick
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 01:40 AM

Tim Moran and I sang a few of Tom's songs at a Vespers service yesterday. Missing that guy so much.


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Subject: RE: Tom Dundee injured - passed away (April 2006)
From: GUEST,Jeff
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 04:39 AM

Has been over 8 years since Tom's passing and I think of him almost every day. We drifted apart as lives will do, but his affect on me was profound and lifelong. Recently someone posted pictures on Facebook of Tom, Mick Scott and me performimg at the Old Town School Of Folk Music's all night party in 1981. It was really a bittersweet moment to see them. We were performimg A Delicate Balance. We were really on that night and tore it up on several songs. Mick had a great song called "The Pinball Game".

Tom had a tour scheduled and asked Mick and me to go along. We all had a substantial catalog of songs and it was Tom's intent for us to be a band and work out setlists featuring the best of our individual compositions in a band form. I was going to play acoustic bass, not an upright, but an Ernie Ball Earthwood, guitar and harmonica. Mick on guitar and mandolin, w/Tom as the draw and playing guitar and harmonica as well.

We had started rehearsals, but forces pulled us all in different directions and it never came to fruition. Sad, really. Mick and Tom were established, well respected songwriters and I was just beginning to forge a reputation. Whenever I'd write a new song Tom would be the first person for whom I'd play it. He had 2 phrases he used: "Yeah, now yer tawkin'" or "I thnk you need to dig deeper".

When Tom got the go ahead funding for his album 'A Delicate Balance' I was the first person he asked to be involved. My contributions were arrangement suggestions and playing on 6 or 7 cuts. As a result he gave me a co-production credit.

My personal favorite Tom Dundee song is 'If my Life Were A Book"

If my life were a book and all my time were the pages
Of all the chances that I took in all the chapters of my ages
The pages would fall open to the times of me and you
The corners would be folded from the times I read them through
And that's how my time would look if my life were a book

Once while recording his LP we took a break and went around the corner to have a beer. Buster Ursini, the engineer, Tom and me. We ended up playing pinball and getting really, really drunk. So we staggered back to the studio singing the Jim Reeves song "He'll Have To Go" at the top of our lungs arm in arm for support. We got back to the studio and Tom wanted to sing 'You're So Pretty When You Smile". So, he goes into the vocal room and proceeds to peel the paint with his vocal. It was SO bad Buster and I told him he'd gotten it in one take and we didn't even want him to hear it until tomorrow. So, he agreed and when we all came back the next day...hungover of course. We played the track and it was even worse than we'd remembered. Nobody laughed louder than Tom. He was a devil of the practical joke, but could take as good as he gave. I loved Tom. Still do. Always will. He was my friend, brother, co-worker, hero, mentor and friend.

The reason it's taken me this long to post is because it took me this long to fully grieve his passing. There's a part of me ripped out that simply will never be replaced. Much more than a songwriter he was a singular life force whose collected works will be taught as literature in the future.


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