Ian Thomas Parks, in Memoriam

Well, Thursday last my world and the wider world of music lost a bit of its spark.

Ian 20070622
Ian 20070622

I met Ian while we were both contracting for Miliman Care Guidelines.  We became fast friends due to many common interests, including but not limited to computer shit and all things music.  (He was a developer and I was supporting an xml product.  We both played guitar.)

He once told me that when his album went platinum he would give me his acoustic guitar.

Many years later, due to my regard for his knowledge of both music and musicians, I looked to him when I wanted to start doing music shows here in my backyard.  He pointed me to John Elliott (who strangely was just releasing an album called Backyards) who came to Peavine Alley to play our first music show (bring Aly Marcus to open).

John's & Peavine's First Show 20120728
John’s & Peavine’s First Show 20120728

That was ten summers ago.  John plays here every couple of years on his tours.

John 20210731
John 20210731

John loves coming here and we love having him.

Thanks, Ian.

Ian and John 20140815
Ian and John 20140815

Actually, through Ian I have met a lot of folks.  A lot.  It’s hard not to when we are both infectiously gregarious.  Take for example the traveling Argentinians.

The Traveling Argentinians 20140818
The Traveling Argentinians 20140818

They were traveling.  They met Ian.  They were looking for a place to crash.  They crashed with me.  We visited Harry (another enormous musical force in my life).  They reached out today.  Of course they did.  We are all good people.  A force for good in the world.  Much love.

Do you have an Ian story?  So many do.  So many do.

Good-bye, old friend.

Ian 20190321
Ian 20190321

 

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