RIP Eddy Fukano
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Many people have contacted me in the last few days to let me know that Eddy Fukano has passed away.

From his obituary:

Mr. Eddy Fukano passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon in Seattle, Washington surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, he attended the Gakushuin school and left Japan as a young talent to pursue his career in music, touring, performing, composing, arranging, and teaching for a career that spanned over 60 years.

He is survived by his son, Shima Fukano, daughter Sakura, and brother Yasuhiro. He will be greatly missed by his friend "Tanuki" Tanaka, Ms. Koyama, and Mr and Mrs Jay Hassel, and fondly remembered by extended family, friends, fellow artists and musicians, students, and fans.

Remembrance gatherings in honour of Eddy will be held privately.


In honour of his lifelong contribution to music, his students, the rare opportunities he was given, and 50 years performing and entertaining the Seattle community, memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to SMP, the charitable organisation bringing the gift of music instruction to the youth of Seattle.

Seattle Music Partners
4533 Sunnyside Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 409-2535

My condolences go out to all the friends and family of Mr. Fukano. I've enjoyed hearing from so many people all over the world these past few years. He will be missed.

If this is your first time here, you may wish to catch up on the whole Eddy Fukano story (according to me).
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You may also see his two videos on my YouTube channel.
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It's Happening Again
Esperanza Spalding My last article about Esperanza Spalding hasn't even fallen off the front page and here she is again.

I don't really have a lot to say about my newest favorite artist (still) other than she's awesome. And that her band keeps getting bigger. You can catch up with the growing chronicle of Esperanza on my site by checking out article one and article two (although don't bother with article one, just go to my Music Video page and watch her performance of "Precious").

Click the image to watch her (and the new, larger band) performing "Radio Song" from her new album Radio Music Society. And then you should go buy your own copy. Line forms in the rear!
Double or Nothing
Vintage Trouble Remember me? Yeah, I used to come here more often. Life and Things and Other Stuff have kept me away for too long. So in an attempt to make amends for my extended absence, I offer two videos that deserve to be on your radar. The first is Vintage Trouble's Blues Hand Me Down. There's a lot to like here: nice energy, solid playing, and spiffy wardrobe.

The second is Lianne La Havas performing Is Your Love Big Enough. The song gets a little repetitive, but the catchy guitar riff, Lianne's voice, and the overall performance more than make up for it.

My apologies, dear visitor, for not having more to offer lately. I'll try to do better. In the meantime, there are a ton of cool videos on my main Music Video page that deserve your attention if you haven't already seen them all.
A Fortune

My Chinese dinner (oh Wah Yuen, what makes your egg rolls so good?) included this fortune: "The universe without music would be madness." While I agree, this reminds me of The Chaste Planet by John Updike in which the reverse is true.

In the story, humans encounter the Minervans, creatures living within the planet Jupiter on a hidden planet dubbed Minerva. The humans eventually discover the Minervan's hidden intense musical life. The Minervan's word for "music" is the same as for "life", as "silence" is the same as "death".

When humans bring Minervans to Earth, they are so inundated with music that they experience a type of insanity. Sometimes I think I know exactly how they feel.

I encourage you to visit your local library and read Mr. Updike's short story for yourself. And while you're there, check out the millions of other great stories they have there.
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