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S.P. Buck Mulligan Who Is Steve Goodman? (1948-1984) (109* d) RE: Who Is Steve Goodman? 03 Apr 98


All of the above, of course, as well as a "thanks" to John in Brisbane for asking, thus providing an opportunity to chime in with another paean. I saw Goodman at Passim, in Cambridge Mass, one Friday night, about 1975, and I've never seen anyone who was so plainly having a really good time for himself. His talent just overflowed everything he did - if you ever have the opportunity to listen to the collection "John Prine Live", pay close attention to "Souvenirs" - Prine called Goodman out to the stage to join him on this one, and they do a wonderful job of course, but there's a guitar break in there that is so happy, light, precise, and most importantly - sounds like it just rolled off his fingertips - that I never tire of listening to - it lasts about 30 seconds. I have to agree with Joel Ponzan too about "The Dutchman" - this Michael Smith song is the hardest song I ever sang in a gig, because I couldn't sing it without hearing Goodman, and I'd wind up listening to Steve Goodman in my head instead of paying attention to my own work.


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