Can't believe that it's been a year since JDs passing. I, like many here, never met him in person but thoroughly enjoyed the conversations we had here on this forum. In all of our interactions he was kind, thoughtful, and informative. His passing was a reminder about how we have come to know each other without meeting physically. I consider those whom I've met on this board as much my friends as those I see in person. This is the only forum that I really participate on. I've learned a lot from all of you guys and learned a lot from JD while he was here.
JD left us too soon. There's no way to cut that to make it not so. It's profoundly sad even though we never met. JD had a family, friends, and a partner left behind to cope with his loss. I'm really thankful for Nick for helping to keep JDs memory alive and reminding us of this milestone. I'm also really thankful for having known JD in the peripheral way I did. He was a plus to this community. He, like the rest of us, was lucky to have music in his life. Sure it creates problems with girlfriends and wives as we spend more money than we should, spend too much time getting that part "just exactly perfect," and such. But we are all very blessed to contribute to putting more music in this world whether it be around a campfire, playing to your kids, or on stage. It all adds to bringing joy to a world that really needs it.
So, JD, I lift a glass to you as we mark the one year anniversary of your transition to the next phase in your existence. Be well my friend.