Christmas is over and Dave Hum is gone

January 1, 2015

A note to Dave Hum’s family, and friends:

(c) Salisbury (UK) Journal
(c) Salisbury (UK) Journal

Christmas always makes me think of Dave’s music. My husband is a guitarist and when he got started on banjo a couple of years ago, he discovered some of the YouTube videos and became enthralled. The CDs are hard—impossible—to find in the States, or at least out here in rural Upstate New York. Luckily I have a sister in London, so I emailed her and she went looking. That year, her Christmas parcel to us contained a Huckleberries CD!

The following Christmas brought bad news. Dave had passed away! We’d become big fans. My husband wept when he read the announcement on the website and later, sent a condolence note.

Tonight, the kids gone, the house quiet, the holidays over, I started to take the ornaments off the tree. Partway into the job, I decided to put on “Traveling Light.” The fireplace crackled, the dog snoozed, and Dave Hum music filled the room as I worked. It was so beautiful. Just beautiful. He had a gift for precision and rhythm, like Bach, or John Fahey (an American acoustic guitarist I admire). He had a gift for arrangements—when other instruments, from a bass to an electric guitar to a drum machine, joined in, the song was enriched, never cluttered. Tonight, the sincerity and fidelity and beauty he brought to the banjo filled my heart like a sail.

Christmas is over and Dave Hum is gone. We just wanted you to know that we miss him over here.

Teri and Alan Chace
Little Falls, New York, USA

favorite musicians/singer-songwriters…

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1. Marcus Roberts. Fluid, passionate, and wise. (Also, blind.)
2. John Fahey. Inspiration, wisdom, dreams.
3. Stevie Ray Vaughn. Body, heart, soul.
4. Lucinda Williams. I know she’s crazy but god-I-love-her.
5. Dave Alvin. The king of California.
6. Joshua Bell. When he was born, the Violin God reached down and turned his arm into a thunderbolt.
7. Hoyt Axton. He was less than the song he was singing, he was more than he thought he could be.
8. Aretha Franklin. Goddess.
9. Wasis Diop. Sings in French, his native Wolof, and some English. Sexy, and blessed with a perfect ear for arrangements.
10. Bob Dylan. I don’t care what you say about his gritty voice, in his prime he was a genius storyteller.
11. Stan Rogers. If you never saw him live in concert, I can’t explain.
12. Garnet Rogers. A brother to mankind. A melting baritone. A heartbreaking violinist. A skillful guitarist. Etc. etc., swoon.
13. Neil Young. Deep emotion.
14. Buddy Guy. Damn right!
15. Stephen Stills. My teenage crush on this man abides.
16. Joni Mitchell. So original, so candid, so lovely.
17. Frederic Chopin. Thank you, Gerda Lamb.
18. Joan Armatrading. I rode the storms with her.
19. Townes Van Zandt. Poet of the heart.
20. Bruce Cockburn. “Everything is bullsh*t but the open hand.”
21. Waylon Jennings. If you listen carefully, you can hear him.
22. Slaid Cleaves. Because, his recording of Woody Guthrie’s “This Morning I Was Born Again.”
23. Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. Potato wave to you, Tristan Dunn.
24. Malathini and the Mahotella Queens. African music so joyous!
25. NRBQ. Me and the boys!
26. Los Lobos. Corazón, alma y rock-n-roll.
27. Gear Daddies. Back in the day, they could make me cry AND dance.
28. Rolling Stones. I know it’s only rock-n-roll, but I like it.