In case you can't tell, I'm still gathering my thoughts about the death this week of Richard Wright. Below is an email that I sent out earlier today - which most of you probably received - inviting those interested to my final show with Floyd/Not Floyd. Consider it something of a first draft eulogy for a man I never met, but whose death has affected me surprisingly deeply.
It seems perhaps appropriate that I would play not only my last show with the Pink Floyd Tribute band 'Us Not Them,' but possibly my last live show as a keyboard player, ever, just a few days after the passing of the man who was the main reason I was drawn to the keyboard as an instrument in the first place.
Whether it was traditional piano, Farfisa, Hammond, Moog, ARP, Wurlitzer, etc., Rick Wright brought a deep understanding to what made each sound one-of-a-kind, and his writing and playing style and truly unique harmonic sense somehow connected directly to the musical part of my brain practically before I was even aware that I had any musical inclination in the first place. The man was one of only about two or three people (of those I've never met) that I can say has had a profound impact not only on my musical life but my personal life, as well.
All of which sounds pretty morbid, but I'm treating my performance at this final show as a celebration, what little tribute I can make to this criminally undersung musician and man. If you can make it out, please do.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
1733 1st Avenue
(Between 89th & 90th Streets)
21+ with I.D.