It was MIXED BAG (vinyl) in my dorm room in the early seventies. Over and over. Richie Havens sang Dylan better than Bob.
Here’s an email in response to the one I wrote in December.
Subject: A Message of Gratitude
Last Christmas Matthew was back from Croatia and we were sitting in Mark and Erika’s living room in Ohio, remembering the first Richie Havens concert I forced him to go to as a teenager. We saw him together years later in New York City at the Knitting Factory, too. Matthew and Aunt Mary braved a Connecticut snowstorm to see him together and sat right under him.
Thank you so much for taking the time to send along such kind thoughts. I will make sure Richie sees your email.
Best wishes for 2013!
Stormy Forest Productions, NYC
Sent: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 3:50 pm
Subject: Message of Gratitude
This is a message for Mr. Havens as I sit with my 32 yo son tonight (home from
Croatia where he lives) listening together to RH on youtube.
When Matthew was 14 I forced him to go listen to a Richie Havens concert in
Pittsburgh Pa at the Carnegie Music Hall.
Oh he was mad cause who wants to go anywhere with their mother at that point of
We waited in the corridor afterwards and met Mr. Havens and my son said he emanated
positive energy right out of himself into him.
Matthew saw him in concert at least six times after that and he said tonight
that Richie Havens was able to communicate to his soul. We saw him together at
the Knitting Factory years later.
So powerful and I wanted to express gratitude for his musical gifts and these
wonderful loving memories we share of listening to Mr Havens music and energy.
Richie Havens RIP. Matthew and I spoke on SKYPE last night when we heard of your passing and we will always remember you and your music which touched our souls, deeply.
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