Sea of Noise

Tue, 31 May 2005

Oscar Brown, Jr., RIP

I was privileged to meet Oscar Brown, Jr. and mix sound for his performance at a dance weekend this past February. Here's what I wrote about it at the time:

As always, this was a great weekend. But I have to say that Saturday night in particular was one of the best nights so far in my 4+ years of dancing! Not only was it an honor to mix some sound for Oscar Brown Jr. and the great musicians accompanying him, everyone involved (the organizers, musicians, instructors, and DJ--as well as Tim and Jean, the awesomest hosts ever) worked together to create an amazing vibe that, for me, lasted well into the next, sleep-deprived day.

I'm serious: if it were possible to distill the vibe from Saturday night at about 1 AM and put it in a bottle, both Viagra and Paxil would be driven from the market.

I hope I'll have the same kind of energy at that age; and, should I ever accomplish as much as Brown did, I hope I'll have the same kind of humility. He was an amazing guy and I'm glad I got the chance to meet him before he died this week.

"When out of men's hearts all the hate is hurled, you're gonna live in a better world." Requiescat in pace.

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