[Harp-L] Losing Chris
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Losing Chris
- From: Bobbie Giordano <bobbie-g@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 03:59:35 -0500
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I will forever miss Chris.
As some who know me, that's quite a revelation. He and I had our, um,
detours from civility and rationality. You know, where both are right in
their own minds and irritated with what's right in the
other's. Eventually, the experience, learning and growth are all that
really matter anyway.
I just wish I could share that with him now, again, because oddly, even
though time eventually heals many things, I can look back now and glimpse
how he envisioned the developing harmonica world. He was often harsh,
but right on target. Patience frustrated Chris enormously. He always
seemed to want progress to find the shortcut, and if it needed anyone to
lead the way, he'd grab the wheel in a heartbeat.
A phone message was left on my birthday, which I didn't pick it up until
a day later. Hearing it, I must admit, I delayed reading Harp-L because
I couldn't bear to read all the sad outpourings that must surely have
been showering the list over the tragic news. So, SO many harmonica
players were bound to be devastated by this horrible loss! A monumental
influence on the harmonica community was suddenly taken from us, totally
Chris was one of those players whose playing inspired you to dig deeper
or reach higher. No middle ground ... either try or quit. Either choice
didn't bother him one iota. On the other hand, he did hate
mediocrity. So, try, if you will, but you better get better, or just get
out of the way. The one thing you could always tell about Chris was that
he was in a hurry to see HARMONICA ART excel.
So, he did.
Of all the personal losses I've known in recent years, aside from Doug,
of course ... Ramsey, Primich, Buffalo ... this one has been uniquely
upsetting. Chris had so much left to give, because we never knew where
he would take us next.
Miss you forever, Chris.
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