Monday, July 21, 2014
REST IN PEACE, MUSICIAN TERRY VREELAND. July 21, 2014 edition
It's been a tough few days in the arts and music community, with quick successive losses of blues guitarist Johnny Winter, Broadway great Elaine Stritch, and yesterday, favorite nice-guy actor James Garner. Now, the Los Angeles folk music community is mourning the death of multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter / vocalist Terry Vreeland.
Terry was well known and his music was celebrated by all who knew him.
Bestselling author Paul Zollo shared the sad news as soon as he received today from Mark Humphreys, head of the Trough Record label on which Terry recorded. We'll share words from both Paul Zollo and Mark Humphries in a moment.
Thus, this is three parts, plus a short comment from another musician friend. First, here's ours.
♪ The Guide's editor remembers Terry Vreeland
Since its earliest days, the Guide has carried listings, notices and reviews that favorably contained Terry Vreeland's name.
When "Tied to the Tracks" was on broadcast radio in Los Angeles, we happily included the music of Tedrow & Vreeland -- recorded and played live in-studio.
Tedrow & Vreeland were the acoustic string and vocal duo of Tim Tedrow & Terry Vreeland. We first heard them play live about 15 years ago. We remember enthusiastically debuting one of their albums on the radio, two tracks at a time over several weeks, and sharing their thrill when the radio airwaves and web simulcast brought them new fans.
We have many fine memories of the annual musician gatherings during the Christmas season in the home of Terry and Kris Vreeland, with their daughter Tess and later, daughter Joey, joining-in for fine vocal harmonies, and Terry's proud mom in attendance. There were some notable house concerts there, as well, featuring traveling folk performers from far and wide and distant places.
We especially enjoyed it when attractive young Joey signed-on as a regular, expanding the duo along with bass player "Reverend" Mark, for a bigger sound. The group, for a time called "TVVT," played gigs at places that were often smaller than where they deserved to be playing.
We liked the fresh surprises as the multi-instrumental prowess of both Tim and Terry kept growing, and they often had "new toys" to share with their audience.
And we just liked hanging-out with the lot of them. When we learned that Tim and Terry would not be performing together very much anymore, we knew there were factors -- serious factors -- of Terry's health. But we always expected somehow, like the sunny themes of much of their music, that things would get better and they'd share the stage again.
Now, we must rerun our mental images of happier times with them together as twosome and foursome, and we can enjoy their recordings with notable and talented musical friends on the Trough label.
Musically, we know that Tim Tedrow will carry on -- as, or without, the wayward son of fondly remembered partner Terry Vreeland.
And Terry? He helped many in his other profession as a psychologist and counselor.
If there is some big jam in some other dimension of existence, we expect they've already given Terry a chair and asked him to call a song on which he'd like them to back him.
We'll miss you, Terry. Here's our standing ovation and applause as the curtain closes.
-- Larry Wines, editor, Acoustic Americana Music Guide.
♪ Part 2:
Here's what bestselling author and musician Paul Zollo wrote, sharing the news:
"So very very sad to share this sorrow, the loss of another friend, another great musician. Our old pal and fellow Trough Records artist - with longtime partner Tim Tedrow - died today. Diabetes and its complications. He was a gentle soul, a great musician and a good man. Another great one gone.
"Mark Humphreys posted this saddest news. We don't have any choice, of course, but to carry on - without him. But it isn't the same. We will miss you Terry. Thanks for all the great songs and singing." -- Paul Zollo.
♪ Part 3:
The first news came today from the chairman of the Trough Records label, singer-songwriter Mark Humphreys. Here it is, as it appeared:
"It is with great sadness - and deep gratitude for the gift of knowing him - that I pass on the news that our beloved friend Terry Vreeland passed away today from complications arising from his long battle with diabetes.
"Like so many of us, Terry battled inner wars very few could comprehend. He struggled to find peace, and where he found it, he shared it with a purity and grace that could light up an entire auditorium. He loved music beyond words, and one hopes that wherever he is now, he is surrounded by it - all of it - in one magnificent chorus.
"To Terry's wife Kris, his daughters Joey and Tess, his longtime partners Tim Tedrow and John-Michael Kaye - and to everyone Terry's life and beautiful songmaking touched -blessings.
"As of this afternoon, it has not been decided whether a public service will be held. For now, I recommend posting your remembrances of Terry on his Facebook wall. And of course, prayer." -- Mark Humphreys.
♪ Finally, Chad Watson, a bass player to the stars, commented simply, "Truly a gentle giant... gonna miss him."
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