"You play one note and you build a chord around it and
maybe a song, but it all starts from the one note."
Think about the first two
notes of OVER THE RAINBOW……da DA….it's an octave. Up
until that time, with all the combinations of notes in
the universe, no one had picked da DA to start a song
with….and once those notes were taken, no one could ever
use them again in that order……because it sounded too
much like OVER THE RAINBOW
Meeting Gordon Styler
was like that for me. I knew I wanted to write a song
called "The World's First Tenor Guitar Gathering", but
it could not have happened had I not met "Gordo".
Gordo offered me that
second note I needed to complete the song that was,
until then, just an idea…but he made it a song by
saying…"You can use my place to do it. I think it'll be
great. I'll move some of these guitars out of the way,
and you can do your workshop. It doesn't matter how many
people attend the first year….it's a start…"
It was Gordo's warmth, and
positive energy, and a shared love of music from the
well known to the obscure that we both loved talking
about……while time seemed to stand still as we gazed out
across the the Columbia River……thinking….Tenor Guitar
Gathering? Sure….why not???
I had an idea, but Gordo
was able to make that idea happen. We had found our
first few notes…..now we were improvising to make an
event…..this event…..the event that Gordon Styler helped
Around this time last year Gordo passed away. He seemed okay when the 3rd TGG started, but was hospitalized almost immediately and died soon after.