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lefthanded guitar U. Utah Phillips remembrance-died 23 May 2008 (11) RE: U. Utah Phillips - 10 years ago 5/23 29 May 18


Utah was one of the 'big names' ( in folk music) I saw any number of times at
Cafe Lena. Once before a concert, my friends and I went out to eat in Saratoga
beforehand ; and he was dining there too. When one if my companions
said we were coming to hear him later, he invited us (maybe 1/2 dozen
of us) to join him. We did, and he was a gracious host and conversationalist.
Fortunately for me, my friends were more comfortable and outgoing than I - as I sat there wordlessly star struck and dumb as a statue the entire dinner- but he bid us all - including shy adolescent me- a gracious farewell.

To this day, he is a beloved and esteemed songwriter;
you almost always hear one of his songs at the
various song circles I attend in the NYC trip state area.
And when I perform, I always do one of his.   

Gone quite a few years, but still a treasure to us music lovers-
-and also a genial, nice man, to my lights.


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