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"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

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- Helen Keller

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Free bird

Late last night, I learned of the passing of Billy Powell, keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, of an apparent heart attack. I had the privilege of seeing him in concert with mah Honey last year and when he played his solo on "Free Bird" it gave me chills.

Rest in Peace my friend




"If I leave here tomorrow,
Would you still remember me?"


Free Bird
Whiskey Rock-a-Roller


22 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

Yeah, I saw this news, and all I could think was crap! Another musician of my time - GONE.

*heavy sigh*

Travis Erwin said...

A sad day.

Anndi said...

Songbird, I was just talking to my sweetie about how we are so lucky to have see him perform last year (of course he's seen Skynyrd more times that I can count).

Travis Erwin, yes... very. :(

Mimi Lenox said...

I read this too. Very sad. What a loss to the music world.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

The dude was YOUNG too!

doggybloggy said...

my high school graduating class chose freebird as our class song...

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm very sorry to hear that. THis is the first I've heard of it. I"ve long been a fan of Skynyrd. He will be missed.

rebecca said...

one of my favorite songs...and he will be remembered.

Anndi said...

Mimi, his journey was a fascinating one. I'm just thankful I had a chance to see him and his magic live.

Gary, far too young.

DB, your class chose well.

Charles, sorry to be the bearer of sad news. I was the one that broke the news to mah Honey, too. He's left a legacy.

Anndi said...

Rebecca, mine too.

Irish Gumbo said...

!
I had not seen that, wow. Oh, man, that brings back some memories: air guitar and air drums, sitting in a car with friends, drinking beer we weren't supposed to have. Mmmm, mmmm...I hadn't thought about that in a LONG time.

Thanks, my dear :)

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

I just heard about this on the ews today! So sad...

coopernicus said...

There are very few keyboard riffs as timeless as Free Bird...sad news.

Akelamalu said...

Why do the talented die young? :(

Bond said...

And the band played on...that is one heck of a band they have up there

Travis said...

I've been so busy this week that this is the first I've heard of his passing.

Dang.

Heinous said...

That song brings back so many different memories. It's sad to see him go.

Dianne said...

that song always gives me the chills

he was younger than I thought ...

Lisa said...

It is one of those songs that will always bring the chills...

RIP

Jeff B said...

I echo what Donna (Songbird) said. Sad that rockers from our generation are passing at a higher frequency lately.

Sanni said...

Oh no... I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. It wasn't reported in Germany yet (WHY???)

~Virginia~ said...

sad news, indeed.