I lost two of my mentors this past week, one from high school and one from college. Both inspired me as instructors, and both had an impact on my career as a Presbyterian church musician
We got the sad news yesterday. Russ Morin had finally lost his long battle with cancer. One of the coolest individuals I’ve ever met has left this sphere. Russ was a musician, craftsman, and educator. I’ve known Russ since 1980, for 35 years. He was one year behind me at Furman, and we became friends … Read More “So Long, Russ” »
Monday morning we learned of the passing of David Pass, fellow singer and long-time manager of the Greenville Chorale. Dave sat next to me in rehearsal for many years, and usually stood next to me in concerts. In addition to being an excellent singer, he had a quick wit, and was always ready with a … Read More “Remembering Dave” »
Today we said goodbye to our cat, Misty. She was our oldest, and at 15 had lived a good, long cat life. She was the last of our cats to come with us from our old house off of North Main. Misty and her brother Rascal came to us by way of my father. Unbeknownst … Read More “Saying Goodbye to Misty” »
It seems ridiculous to say that this has been a tough week. It most certainly has. Even having time to prepare, Dad’s passing was not easy for us, and his funeral on Saturday, while a celebration of his life and knowing he is now in a better place, was emotionally draining. The week began with … Read More “Many Thanks” »
I almost didn’t write this post. I wasn’t sure I could bring myself to do it. However, I’ve used this blog to document major events in the life of my family, as well as the community at large, so I shouldn’t shy away from this one, either. My father, Houston David Taylor, Sr., passed away … Read More “Goodbye, Dad” »
I’m a latecomer to the Apple world, but seem to have bought into it wholeheartedly with an iMac, iPad, and three different iPods (although I have an Android phone.) The world has lost a visionary.
The music world of Greenville is a little quieter this week, and that’s not a good thing. Two long-time musicians in the area, Mike Shankle (78) and Tod Cyrus (90) both passed away on October 4th. I first met Mike many years ago when I was teaching at Brushy Creek Elementary. At the time Mike … Read More “The Passing of Two Musicians” »