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In the past year, the loss of many dear friends and family has been profound. None more profound than the loss of one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever known, Leana Baskerville, who succumbed to an 18 month battle to lung cancer just before Thanksgiving.
Recently, Leana’s husband, Dean, shared from the deepest part of his grief and loss with a personal song about dealing with Leana’s absence.
For those who’ve lost loved ones and especially for those who have lost their soulmate and spouse, may Dean’s song of honesty and transparency, offer hope within heartache.
HomeBrew will be performing this Saturday evening 8-11pm at Mallard’s at The Resort at the Mountain, in Welches, Oregon.
HomeBrew and the Terrapin Horns play the best in vintage party music from R&B, Rock and Swing.
I’ll be the warm up beginning at 7pm, performing familiar soft rock hits from Billy Joel, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Elton John, Kenny Loggins, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and a few originals.
Over my 30 plus years as a radio broadcaster, I’ve had the chance to meet and interview many artists.
Back in July of 2010, I was the morning show host on 105.9 The Wave, out of Coos Bay on the southern coast of Oregon. Though I produced and recorded my parts in my Portland Oregon studio. I had the opportunity to interview saxophonist Mike Phillips. Mike has played with Stevie Wonder and Prince’s bands on many tours.
For those who’ve been asking me when they can come hear the band I’ve been playing with for a year and half now, HomeBrew, your chance is coming this Tuesday evening in NE Portland.
Playlist includes: Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Chicago, Sam and Dave, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Muddy Waters, KC and the Sunshine Band and many others.
This is a family friendly event.
My wife, Barb, and I, met Leana and Dean Baskerville through our mutual friend’s, Bonnie and Greg Knopf, over 27 years ago. It was clear from the beginning, we had kindred spirits and similar tastes in humor.
It also became apparent, and comical, too, that the Baskerville’s followed our steps pretty closely. Not long after meeting Dean and Leana, Barb and I got married in April of 1988. The Baskerville’s followed two months later getting married in June.
When Barb and I started our family with our first born in 1993, there was Dean and Leana with their first born a year later. Then we had our second child in 1996, and sure enough a year later, their second child was born. This would be theme between our two families for many years.
Both wonderful musician’s in their own right, Dean produced and arranged some of my original songs. I asked Leana to sing background vocals on one of my songs from my 2012 album. Leana was also in attendance for my album release party in August 2012.
A little over a year ago I was contacting Dean about some recording studio help. When he did contact me, he shared with me that Leana had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
That was one of those “take your breath away moments.” That moment has now turned to grief and loss as Leana succumbed to the cancer this past Sunday morning.
Of all the people I have met in my journey through this life, Leana Baskerville, was one of the sweetest, gentle and loving human beings ever put on this planet.
To Dean and their children, Amiette and Cassidy, my deepest and sincere condolences on your loss.
May God’s peace, comfort and mercy surround you all at this time.
All my love,
I’ve added a number of new followers to my web site recently, and I wanted to welcome you and thank you for being interested in what I do musically.
Back in August of 2012, I released, “In Those Days.” Eight original songs that reflect a wide aspect of my musical tastes, genre and storytelling. Described as songs of love, life, family and faith.
I also enjoy creating instrumental songs such as “Goodbye.” A contemplative solo keyboard piece that has been in my musical tool kit for over 30 years. And new songs like, “Sabbath.” Incorporating an intense, emotional connection with the listener.
“Stone of Grief,” tackles the often misunderstood subject of grief and healing from trauma. Many have good intentions, but often times they ignorantly cause harm to the person facing the challenges of recovery. This is a deeply personal song for me.
But, I also have a playful side. “I Love My H-2-O,” is a testimonial of my love of drinking water.
Thanks for checking in and take a look around.
Just landed a last minute private gig for this Saturday evening. Going to play for a 40th wedding anniversary at Cathedral Tasting room in Dundee, Oregon. The happy couple has already requested a Bobby Vinton tune that was their first dance 40 years ago. Gonna bring my best crooner voice for that one.
Playlist will include some 50s and 60s, and of course my usual set of Elton John, Billy Joel, Beatles, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and others, along with a few originals to keep things fresh.