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Thread #81707   Message #2545729
Posted By: CupOfTea
22-Jan-09 - 12:10 AM
Thread Name: In Memory: Stan Rogers (1949-1983)
Subject: RE: In Memory: Stan Rogers
I never had a chance to see Stan Rogers live, and acquired a delight in his music through Bob Conrad on WCLV's Saturday Night show (Kissin cousin to WFMT's Midnight Special in those days). So many of my friends and folk acquaintances knew him, some could claim friendship, and from them I got a feel for the person behind the sound on the radio or tape player. In years after I got to know and appreciate Garnet in his own right in helping present him here a several times.

But it wasn't until last week, when I was off on a link-to-link websurf through UTube land that I came across several clips of Stan actually performing or being interviewed. I loved his comment about writing Barrett's Privateers so HE could sing the lead, and not the Friends of Fiddlers Green... and then there were THOSE lovely lads, and lads they were then - a group of them singing it around a kitchen table, and I could recognize Stan and Garnet, but, not the others, all so young so young!

Certainly, my life would have been better had I heard the man live, but I'm freshly in awe of the technology where I can SEE what he looked like on stage (and singing around a kitchen table) - and not just him but others who are gone, others who have aged for good or ill, but still, access to a wealth of musical performaces of the past, and how technology can do incredible good in keeping tradition alive; awed, in the old fashioned strength of the word.

Joanne in Cleveland