Mudcat Café message #3714111 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157374   Message #3714111
Posted By: GUEST
02-Jun-15 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Jean Ritchie (1922-2015)
Subject: RE: Obit: Jean Ritchie (1922-2015)
Jean was my dear neighbor and friend in Port Washington, Long Island who taught me much about life and love over long cups of coffee. Before that, in about 1950 or thereabouts, she gave a concert in my school gym in NYC. I loved her songs and her singing so much that I bought her first two records with my first baby-sitting money a few years later. I learned so many of her songs growing up that they felt like my own. Later, as a bewildered woman going through a divorce, it was natural for us to become friends, a relationship that lasted long after I moved from LI to NYC and then to CT and Washington DC. I revere her singing, her repertoire, her grace as a performer, but mostly I think of her as a generous, fun, tart, wise, humorous, brilliant, with a strong sense of life and purpose. She was superbly comfortable and also a comforting person. I am so glad to have known her on all these levels.

--Lisa Null