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haddocker Jody Gibson/Cranky Yankee's daughter seeks stories (29) RE: Jody Gibson/Cranky Yankee's daughter seeks stories 20 Sep 09


Joyce,
      How WELL I remember your father and his beautiful and talented daughter! It has been a long time, but I remember very clearly the first time I met your father. It was in Providence Rhode Island, and after mentioning an interest in sea chanteys, someone in a coffee house where I occasionaly performed told me that I needed to talk to Jody Gibson. They then introduced me to you.
    Apparently, you must have arranged for him to come to the coffee house one night when I was playing. At that point my interest in the songs of the sea was largely academic, having never been under sail other than in a steel hulled APA (Troop Transport). Suddenly, while tuning my guitar, there was this tall fellow obstructing my light. It had been raining, and there, standing before me in a Pea Coat and tarpaulin hat, with the rain dripping down, stood your father. He had stern features, and with his pipe clenched in his teeth, hands in the pockets of his pea coat, he inquired bluntly "You lookin' fer me?"
    Once I recovered from the shock of this initial meeting, I announced that I would be taking a break and we had a great chat about the music over coffee. I told him of my interest and mentioned a number of books on the subject which I had referenced. One of them, Joanna Colcord's, drew the reaction "JOANNA COLCORD DOESN'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT SEA CHANTEYS!" She soon found her way back to the library shelves, from thereon sentenced to the file "irrelevant". Soon to join her was Doerflinger and another which I cannot recall. In short, your father became a mentor of sorts, and we met more than a few times to talk about music and share songs. He was a special man and he could deliver a song like few that I have known. I was saddened to hear of his passing. I so would have wanted to share with him my appreciation and to show him how far I had come in this journey of nautical music upon which he had sent me back in the early seventies.
    He made sure I had the right charts and instruments, cast off my linesand pushed me out into deeper water. He has a lot to do with why I sing these songs.
    Thank you for reminding me of this great man.
                Most sincerely,
               Neil Downey (haddocker)["Finn'n Haddie"]


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