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Playing Since: 1963
Experience Level: Purty Good
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Friday, May 25, 2012 @12:06:57 PM
Thinking of Doc Watson and what his life has meant to me. He has always been an example of what to be in this life. In the way he lived, the way he played and in all of his dealings he was a straight shooter. He made the old new and brought many to the fold of the old. He played old time music in a new way, played bluegrass in his own way, and was a master of the blues. He is human so he is not perfect, but I learned more about playing guitar, banjo and fiddle from him than perhaps any one other individual. He was THE master in my eyes. He knew how to play the lead without clutter and his backup was tasteful and zingy. His singing was always sincere and direct and he had no problem sharing the spotlight.
As he lays in the hospital today recovering from surgery, I wish for him only the best possible outcome, whatever that may be. If I could I would thank him for all of the great music he made and for being himself.
I was stunned in the 60's when I first saw him play to find out for sure he was blind. Information was harder to come by then and not always accurate. I had an album and had heard him play, but when I saw him, I was stunned by his mastery.
We all have some sort of handicap. It is our job to get past it and do the best we can. Arthel Watson was a great role model for a kid just getting his feet wet back then. He is still one today for that kid who has played for nearly 1/2 century himself. I don't know what tomorrow holds, but Doc will be a class act as he faces the day. Godspeed and may The Force be with you.
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