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HO-LY SHIT, Billy.

E.C. Henry

Great story, Billy. You really do have a love and appreciation for fellow musicians like no other. If Ry was ever to hear your recollection I know he'd feel honored.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Joanna Farnsworth

Billy, you really are exceptionally good at this sort of personal recollection writing. Voyeurism meets realism. When you get to #24 your "Clouds in my Coffee" collection ought to be published.

Joanna Farnsworth

And by voyeurism I mean "insight into people". The classic definition NOT the modern Internet meaning!


Magic, Billy. Thank you for this story.

And by the way, click here to read about PATRIK, AGE 1,5. Apparently a huge success in the Toronto Film Festival right now.

Hope it works. Otherwise, try

Anna in Sweden


Binnie: Glad you like.

Thanks, EC!

Joanna: I'm totally down with your voyeurism redefinition. As for CLOUDS publication -- well, let's see if I reach #24.

Anna: Thanks for the link! Looking forward to the PATRIK experience.


Having spent 1975-1988 at Camp Greylock, I could hear Bert's voice in my head while reading your account of the meeting with Ry. The Blue Mist certainly had a presence. My son now goes to Greylock and it is as perfect as ever.

ira thal

what years did you go to greylock?

Tjerk Snik

Dear Mr. Mernit,

Many thanks for this "Special Delivery" inside information about my alltime musical hero: Mr. Ry Cooder! I know it's "Mad Love", but I appreciate Ry Cooder's music for 40 years. And ... I still like your 1973 album "Special Delivery".


Tjerk Snik
Netherlands (EUR)


Tjerk: You have great taste in heroes. And questionable taste in albums, I guess - but seriously, thank you for listening to it!

Carol Hadikin

Thank you for sharing your story, I can understand the Ry magic. Over 20 years ago Ry Cooder and David Lindley did a short Westcoast tour and I had the opportunity to meet the master. When the moment happened the words wouldn't come out of my mouth, I felt like a total bimbo. As as slide guitarist at the time it wasn't like I didn't have anything to say. I really don't think Ry knows just how much of an impact he has made in the world and still keeps making. Apparently, we can expect a new album in August 2012. Again thank you for sharing some of the mystic.


Carol: Always happy to meet a fellow member of the Ry lover clan.

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