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Happy Birthday Django--in gratitude

MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Altamira M-01D, Epiphone Joe Pass
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111 years young today! I'm grateful to him for inspiring me to chase my dreams, musical & otherwise. Especially for the ones that have come true. What are you all grateful to him for?



  • jaredjared New
    edited January 23 Posts: 11

    I'm very grateful indeed for the inspiration and motivation I get from listening to him. I wrote and recorded a little waltz for him this morning. Hope you all enjoy.

    Bill Da Costa WilliamsBonesBucoWim GlennbillyshakesJohnVB
  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Altamira M-01D, Epiphone Joe Pass
    Posts: 103

    This is beautiful, Jared. A fine tribute!

  • edited January 24 Posts: 3,066

    When I moved to the east coast, I visited Django jam and that's all it took to form life long friendships.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
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    I’m grateful for his amazing music, and all the musical friends I have made because of it... both cyber- and real life- friends...

    Any friend of Django’s is a friend of mine!

    Paul Cezanne: "I could paint for a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."

    Edgar Degas: "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.... To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."
  • Bill Da Costa WilliamsBill Da Costa Williams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos
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  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
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    I'm most grateful that Django did not give up the instrument after the accident! There is such irony that the man with the crippled left hand is still the greatest guitarist and unmatched to this day.

    Personally, this strange fact that Django did not simply make a career change has altered the way that I look at the world. If I ever catch myself thinking that something seems too difficult (and not only in music, but life in general) then the story of Django's helps me to recognize an excuse as just that. Sometimes you've got to deal with adversity and just work around it somehow, find some way through.

    BucorudolfochristMikeKbillyshakesBonesBill Da Costa Williamsadrian
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    @Wim Glenn what I wonder is this; he must've been doubting his ability to continue playing himself, at least at some point, wouldn't you think? I just can't see him being determined to continue at all times during his recovery and confident that he'll be able to make a living playing again. There must've been a moment where it could've gone either way. And none of this would exist. So much music has been made after him that's made this world richer and better. I have close friends on this forum, bandmates former and current. And it all hinged on one man's determination not to give up. It just blows my mind how much this man changed the world and life of so many in the best way possible.

    rudolfochristJohnVBMikeKbillyshakesBonesBill Da Costa WilliamsLango-Django
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • JohnVBJohnVB PDX, Orygun✭✭✭ Gitane D-500 #051
    Posts: 32

    I made a little tribute video here :

    I have to agree with Les Paul, Willie Nelson, and countless others... he's the greatest!

    Bill Da Costa WilliamsjaredMikeK
    E=Fb : The Theory of Relativity
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