Photo by Kirsten Mohan
‘Life is a thin thread
It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed
It’s all of the things that you’ve left unsaid
Life is a thin thread
It’s a fine line between loving and not
Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got
Feeling you’re free thinking you’re caught
It’s a fine line’
By Connie Kaldor
Sometimes it just hard to keep the threads connected. It’s easy to take for granted that there will always be time for one more stitch but there is never enough time and the unfinished fabric always leaves me wishing I had done more.
Vanessa and I got an email from Cindy Cashdollar up in Woodstock telling us that our friend Steve James had just passed away. For those of you who were fortunate enough to hear Steve manifest his art you know that you heard one of the great ones. A tradition based resophonic player, he was never fettered by tradition. I remember him and Bill Kirchen jamming together at the Fur Peace Station more than a decade ago and marveling at his ability to move seamlessly through styles and genres.
When I would play Seattle if he was in town he would stop by and we would just talk and invite our souls. We didn’t hang out often and we didn’t work the same circuit but we inhabited the same world. I was so taken by his art that I would frequently visit his website to see where in the world he was and what in the world he was up to. There was never any grass growing under his feet.
He was a renaissance man on many levels. A writer, composer, player, luthier, guitar broker and probably many other things I was unaware of. He was also my friend.
All of his recorded work is worth listening to. That said, there is a tune on his American Primitive album called Talco Girl that for some reason required that I listen to the song frequently. Aside from the stunning guitar accompaniment the lyrics are more than a movie… they are a miniseries.
So I sit at my kitchen table in our house on top of the hill in Ohio and I quietly reflect on the passing of another friend.
Fair winds and following seas brother… fair winds and following seas!
YouTube link for Steve James Talco Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ9P1-7Og2w