Gordon Bok's Guest Book
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Toni Mayer
02 September 2007, 02:13 am

We had dinner tonight at the home of friends who had a friend originally from the Boston area visiting. We were discussing music and Maine and she gave us Gordon Bok's name. We will be visiting mid-coast Maine next spring and will keep an eye/ear out. Until I read a previous entry I had been unaware of Tommy Makem's passing almost a month ago. I have happy memories of Clancy/Makem concerts and LPs in college and after.

Hannah Wilder
UK - England - Southwest
21 August 2007, 08:03 am

Hi Gordon. Thanks for all your years of music. I just got back from Sidmouth and am planning to spending the winter working on guitar and my new Lily Castignari melodeon (she's an inspiration to me). I also got on and ordered a some songbooks and albums, and hope they get here easily. I'm looking forward to being able to replace the Bok/Muir/Tickett and other albums that somehow got lost when I moved to England. Maybe I'll get to writing some ballads too...we sing first Sundays at Halsway Manor Centre for Traditional Music and a couple of us Bok fans sometimes bring out our favorites.. Hannah

Larry Meyer
20 August 2007, 11:46 am

Thanks for resurrecting the early folkways LPs as CDs. Mine arrived Saturday and they're a treat. Stuff I haven't heard for years, since my needle died.

Leon Melaragno
Rhode Island
08 August 2007, 11:51 pm

If a person 1000 years from now would like to know what is was like to live in the pre-technological era, he would learn far more from listening to these musical gems channeled via the regal bass voice of Gordon Bok than any history book or film. Recording technology previous to the 1950's was inadequate to convey the intimacy and presence necessary to sing these songs. The singers of the future, no matter the beauty of the voice or level of talent or recording equipment, will have no actual experience with what it is like to live in the natural or the classical world that is quickly coming to a close.
What Gordon has done was to gather these musical artifacts, like an archaeologist rescuing frescoes from a flooding dam site, and give hundreds of them to the ears and hearts of generations that are thousands of years in the future.There is no body of vocal work in any musical genre, by anyone that can compare to these sparkling diamonds of sound. Make no mistake about it, this music is profoundly important.
Leon Melaragno,
Providence, RI

Larry Meyer
08 August 2007, 06:26 am

The 30-year sequel to this is that hearing Bok revived a long dormant ambition to learn to play the guitar myself, which I started seriously when I was 35. After ten years or so of that, then came wanting to play the 12-string like Bok, and then wanting to play a 12-string like Bok’s. Which can only be a guitar made by Nik Apollonio. That I got from Nik 6-7 years ago and it was a revelation about what a guitar can be.

So if Makem leaves a hole its one of those heavy black holes with a lot of gravity that pulls a lot of things into it.

06 August 2007, 02:44 pm

Thanks, Larry. Tommy was a great singer and keeper of the music. I visited him last week, and the twinkle was still there. He leaves a big hole in the world.

Larry Meyer
03 August 2007, 09:31 pm

Tommy Makem, of Makem and Clancy, passed away last week and it is not unfit to take note of that here and for me to say that it was Tommy Makem who introduced me to Gordon Bok. Over 30 years ago my wife and I attended a Makem and Clancy concert. They performed this marathon cante fable, they called it, “Peter Kagan and the Wind,” and it blew me away. (And I should say that it would take two of the like of Makem and Clancy to approximate what one Gordon Bok does with Peter Kagan and the Wind.) So weeks later I saw an album of that title, bought it and have been in love with the music of Gordon Bok ever since.

01 August 2007, 02:25 pm

I'm 13 years old and your music is my all time favorite. I have all of the Bok, Trinket, Muir albums on my iPod and I love listening to them. I was introduced to your music about 2 years ago by my grandfather and it's still fun to listen to. So thank you for the wonderful music.

15 July 2007, 01:00 am

Wow . . . just found this guestbook when googling lyrics for "Turning Toward the Morning." Now I have a chance to tell you how much that song meant to my Mom. When she was in hospice care about 8 years ago, she would listen to that tape over and over. The night she passed, the whole tape played through twice. She didn't appear to be conscious at all, but a few moments after that song ended, she moved on. I kid you not. Thank you so much for easing her transition.

Rhode Island
10 June 2007, 01:20 am

20 minutes ago I had never heard your music. I found two of your records earlier today, "A Tune for November" & "Turning Toward the Morning" I am so happy that I picked these up. Thank you very much. I wish I had heard these albums years ago. I look forward to learning more about you and your music.

john carter
North Carolina
06 June 2007, 12:08 pm

I've been a long time admirer of Gordon's solo music and his collaboration with Ed Trickett and Anne Muir. Any chance of Gordon getting to any venue West of Winston Salem? Maybe the Fiddle and Bow in Winston Salem?

Clare Gosselin
30 May 2007, 02:13 pm

I have known you for a very long time. I went to school to your brother Tony. I have been out of touch for a long time. You dated my cousin Becky at one time. Loved you music then and still do. Clare

John Maglio
03 May 2007, 12:09 pm

I have several of your albums from Folk Legacy and many CDs as well. I also saw you peform in Newbury, Ma. a few years ago. Thanks for introducing me to "La Ciapa Rusa". Any chance that you will be coming to the Cleveland area?

John Dashney
30 April 2007, 05:37 pm

Adam Miller emailed me with the news that you sang The Shores of Oregon at a concert at Portsmouth, NH last week. Now he wants the lyrics too. Keep singing it. We did a damfine collaboration.

Tory Sterling
New York
30 March 2007, 01:46 am

My grandfather passed away recently. You were an important bond between us. We saw you in concert when you last played at the Princeton Folk Society.

Thanks for making a difference.

Fred Rosenblatt
21 March 2007, 11:38 am

Almost 40 years ago I met someone in Jerusalem, Israel who had been a student of yours in Philadelphia, and got to strum one of your 12 string guitars. You have been my favorite singer ever since. Nobody plays like you, nobody sings like you, and the combination of the two ...

Jonathan Silver
New Jersey
11 March 2007, 05:35 pm

Hi Gordon
Jessica and I expect to be back up at Meadowlark Music Camp this summer. Assuming you'll be there also, we'd like to request Windcalling for the folk concert workshop.

Best regards,
Jonathan & Jessica

Larry Meyer
10 March 2007, 02:19 pm

Angela is a lovely song, by Bill Gallaher. Gordon sang it years ago at a concert in Newbury, Mass., the first Bok concert I ever took my eldest daughter to. It made her cry. Now when a sixty something folkie can touch the heart of a sixteen year old, THAT'S the best case for recording a song I can think of, and I wish he'd do it.

After Bill Gallaher was kind enough to send me words and chords.

kendra goodin
03 March 2007, 12:33 am

Thanks for all of the tips,
& tails at the seminar in Denver..
proud to shake your hand too.

Laurie Travers
25 February 2007, 09:56 pm

My husband and I enjoyed your Swallow HIll concert last night. Any chance we'll be able to hear the beautiful song about Angela, the girl who cut her braids (black as a raven's wing), on an upcoming album?

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