Mudcat Café message #203636 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19622   Message #203636
Posted By: George Seto -
29-Mar-00 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Ed McCurdy has passed away (1919-2000)
Subject: RE: Ed McCurdy has passed away
Well, the memorial was excellent. Clary started off with a song and spoke about the life of Ed McCurdy. He said that it was in Canada (Vancouver) that Ed had been swayed into concentrating on Folk Music. He also covered how Helen Creighton and Ed met, including reading a passage from her autobiography about that first meeting. During the talk, Sandy Greenberg sang a song she had learned originally from Ed's singing. Rose Vaughan was brought up and sang a verse she wrote and which combined with a few of the Water is Wide verses. It was just great.

Clary went on a few minutes longer, and then finished off with an excerpt out of a prayer that Ed McCurdy had said he used. The finale was Jim McCurdy, Ed's son, who led "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream". Jim McCurdy talked about his emotional meeting in Japan a few years ago. Some young man had come up to him, and said that he sang a song of peace in his reperitoire, written by a man with the same last name as him (Jim), "Strangest Dream". It blew the fellow's mind when Jim explained that he was the son of the man who wrote that song.