It's a new year, and I've been thinking of those we lost last year, with Eddy foremost in my mind. I was thinking of him a lot while making this arrangement. Although we never met, his encouragement meant a lot to me, and I treasure the few emails and messages we shared. Gone but not forgotten.
I met with Eddy in Copenhagen 3½ years ago - invited by him for a concert and a back stage meeting afterwards - we had a jolly good chat (only too short - we could have kept on for many hours) - during this he did emphasize two players on his mind back then - David Cavage and YOU.
So - he´s most likely sitting on a cloud somewhere in Heaven - with his laptop turned on - and a big smile at his face - enjoying your arrangement of this lovely old tune.
Really? Eddy was always encouraging to me, but I assumed he was just being nice and encouraging. I've had so many people eager to tell me I wasn't doing things "right", and I got negatively affected by that. But this time round I'm more positive about my own voice, and it helps to know that Eddy saw something the detractors didn't. Of course, he was probably a little frustrated with me for not totally committing to the tenor, but this time I'll stick with it. Thanks, Polle.