Sunday, October 04, 2009

Time flies

A Jimmie Spheeris fan sent a message about the cover of Jimmie's final CD... and that got me thinking about the time from '96 to 2000 when Johnny Pierce (the late, great and sorely missed founder of Rain Records) and I were working to save Jimmie master tapes before they disintegrated in in the Sony vaults. I remembered this page on the Jimmie site and thought I'd share it. I'm thinking about how the little things we send out across the net ripple back and forth for years. Sometimes they come back to haunt us... but sometimes they come back to bring comfort.

The Jimmie Spheeris restoration project was a high point in my creative and personal life. I'm so fortunate to have been a part of it. I think Jimmie would be pleased with what we did to bring his legacy to a new generation of listeners.

See: A Mystery Solved

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A new world, full of hope and promise

It's been a long strange ride since I posted anything on this blog. There was a long dry spell after Johnny's death and the Sony licensing nightmare... frankly, I couldn't open the Jimmie site without opening old wounds.

Some interesting stuff popped into my life during the past few weeks. Out of the blue...

A longtime fan offered to help finish a book about Jimmie's life and times that I've struggled with for decades. We had a good long talk on the telephone. She also offered to help preserve Jimmie's legacy in other interesting ways (perhaps a benefit concert or an album of cover tunes).

A local radio DJ gave me a recording he pirated at a concert Jimmie performed in San Francisco, circa 1974. While listening to it, I cried like a baby. Tears of joy. Amazing performances, plus a few Jimmie tunes never archived anywhere.

There's more news, too. I'll try to post and update the Jimmie website as time permits. Thanks for keeping the flame burning. Keep in touch and pass it on.