I donít usually post much in Saloon, but since I listen to his music often while on long, boring winter road walks, I feel I must acknowledge the passing of Lyle Mays at age 66, the incredibly talented contemporary jazz pianist who collaborated with Pat Metheny for many years. My daughter and I were fortunate to be able to attend one of their concerts at the Paramount Theater and were completely mesmerized by Lyleís stunning performance on a gorgeous grand piano.
R.I.P Lyle, your music lives on.
Hereís a little story about this kind man and incredibly talented musician
Back in Nov 2003 we went camping for a couple of days at the Hoh. Robert was just beginning to hone his skills as a videographer (using a Sony mini-DV camera) and learning some basic editing (using Premiere). I loved the short he created from that trip and decided to enter it in the local Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Fest. We were hoping to just get some constructive feedback from the judges, but they actually accepted it and wanted to screen it. This was way before Crest Pictures was born. Video was just a new medium Robert was trying out and loving, so he carried his camcorder on our trips. Anyhow, unfortunately, we hadnít gotten permission to use the music he had chosen to edit by. So, I thought Öwell, Iíll just contact the artist and ask for the rights. It was Lyle Mays and the tune was "Close to Home" from his solo 1986 album, which we had in our collection being big fans. It took a few months and few follow-up letters to his manager before the phone rang one morning and to my surprise it was Lyle on the other end. He apologized for the delay (said it had been lost in the shuffle), asked about the project, said he loved the idea, and granted us the right to use his music at no cost since it was for no profit. "Lifespring" was screened at the Hazel Wolf in Mar 2004, and subsequently broadcasted by KCTS 9 on their independent NW filmmakers series.
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