I apologise for my silence this week – I have been attempting to come to terms with the loss of another friend. The beauty (and sometimes difficulty) of online friendships is the depth of the connection that can form. In this case, although I enjoyed RC’s (Randy Christopher’s) music for a long time, I only had a chance to work with him once.
I wrote a tribute to JJ Cale three months ago at the time of writing this (written on the 27th of July) and I knew it needed a ‘decent’ solo. I’m no lead guitarist, so I approached another member of the 50/90 community. He wasn’t able to do it, but suggested a couple of people, including somebody I’d worked with before on a song which is now entrenched in my live sets.
The other person he had suggested I hadn’t worked with before, although I admired his music. So, I decided to give it a go. I sent the track to Randy, knowing that he would deliver on the lead guitar front, but what I got was a real surprise, as you’ll hear below.
It is such a shame that we only worked together once. I was looking forward to another collaboration in February. Still, he very generously made pretty much everything he’d ever written available on Bandcamp, and I’m slowly downloading the lot.
I guess there’s not much more to say than ’til we meet again, but I couldn’t help posting after hearing this news, although it broke on Wednesday. Had to take a few days to compose myself.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,