One of the greatest things in my life has been to get to know and learn from so many wonderful mentors. As it happened, I was able to witness the end of an era, the last of the pioneer generation. These folks have a power and wisdom that you just don’t see in the modern world. They grew up before self-doubt was invented. I learned a lot more from them than simply music, although that was my focus.
When I perform I like to think the spirits of these folks are standing behind me. Hopefully, something of their creativity and spirit comes through.
Luckily, I love photography as well as music and took a lot of pictures of the folks who I learned from. There are many more mentors than the few shown here, but I think you can get a sense of how special these folks are.