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Bill Walker wrote:
"fond indeed. We got to see so much great music back then, I feel lucky.
the first Mahavishnu Orchestra Tour, and some of the early ECM stuff like
Eberhard Weber and Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie, those were mind
altering experiences to say the least."
Yeah, bro, not to mention Weather Report, Chick Corea and Return to
Forever, Shakti, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and going back further:
Jeff Beck, Yes, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Earth Wind and Fire,
Cream, the Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother with Janis,
It's a Beautiful Day, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young
even further back: Peter Paul and Mary
(oh my god.................did I admit that? <giggle>) and a zillion
gigs too numerous for me to remember.
I also feel pretty damned good that I have shared so many wonderful gigs
with you over the years, Bill, whether
seeing them or playing them............... playing with Babatunde
Tao Chemical, Rhythmical, Worlds Collide, Third Wave, Two, Walkers
....................opening in those bands for King Sunny Ade, Youssou
Ndour, Thomas Mapfumo, The Thompson Twins, Berlin, Santana, Huey Lewis and
the News, the Neville Brothers, Bonie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Loggins and
Messina..........................fucking Cher and Kenny G (lol, I saved
those two for last, perversely)............so many friggin' gigs.
We grew up together and I feel blessed to have played with such an
talented and truly creative musician.
I love you and I don't mind saying it in public! Thanks for sharing so
much of my musical life with me, bro!