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Mocking a Legacy

RECEIVED Mon., April 24, 2017

Dear Editor,
    [Re: “Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave,” Music, April 21] Disgraceful and insulting. I was shocked at the title of the article which mocked the courageous battle Jimmy LaFave has been silently waging against this aggressive sarcoma. He has given so much to the music community and touched so many lives, and this announcement, if you will, was insulting to his legacy and his privacy. Even if he made a statement about this, where is your decency and respect? Shame on you.
Peggy Barrett

Support & Love

RECEIVED Mon., April 24, 2017

Dear Editor,
    It doesn't matter if you're into the washboard, harp, or bass. The ability to stand just a few feet away from amazing musicians and appreciate, learn, and respect their skills is something that will hopefully never change in Austin [“R.I.P. Barry 'Frosty' Smith,” Daily Music, April 13].
    For me, it will always be the DRUMS. Walking into the Black Cat in 1992 and seeing Barry “Frosty” Smith, with his giant sticks of incense attached to his drum kit like antennas calling all drummers and percussionists, was a pilgrimage I tried to make as often as possible.
    Frosty not only showed the jam scene how fast and hard the drums could rock, but he also showed amazing touch and soul while playing with artists such as Toni Price and Jimmie Vaughan. My condolences to the Soulhat guys and all the musicians he played with.
    With Frosty's passing and the news of Jimmy LaFave, the next decade here in Austin could be a rough one for us. It's now more important than ever for Austin's musicians and music lovers alike to support and love each other.
Paul Wantuchowicz

Follow the Crowd

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    I met the author of "Euphoria’s Urban Upsurge" [Daily Music, April 10] in the VIP section on Friday of Euphoria Fest and enjoyed the conversation very much. We talked about what I thought the festival had to offer in the way of talent, and how Euphoria has managed to bring in some very high-quality headliners in EDM and the fest-related hip-hop, trip-hop, reggae, and rap mix. It's gotten a bit bigger and better every year, but it's far from blown out.
    So why would Kevin only write about what he didn't like? Dude, if you went to Euphoria to see hip-hop and rap, you wasted your time. Hip-hop and rap have their place at Euphoria, and if you understood what Euphoria is about you would have had a much better time. Alesso? Zeds Dead? Oliver Heldens? Frikin Pretty Lights Live?! No …? Disco Biscuits, Dumpstaphunk, Papadosio? You obviously didn't know what you were doing. Next time, follow the people.
Brian Cox
   [Editor's note: The post Mr. Cox references was one specifically about rap's presence at Euphoria. For a more expansive write-up of the festival, see Kevin Curtin's April 14 "Playback" column "Greetings From Euphoria."]

On Life & Death

RECEIVED Thu., April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,
    When I first heard Jimmy LaFave 32 years ago, I knew immediately he and his music would have a profound and positive influence on my life. And I was right.
    When I first heard about Jimmy's cancer a few weeks ago, I knew immediately my life would never be the same. From the minstrel boy howling at the moon to the lies on her lips to the shakin' in her hips to the cafe in the rain, he taught me that life is one big amazing smorgasbord and it's important not to miss a single thing.
    Reading this article ["Playback – Dead Man Walking: Jimmy LaFave," Music, April 21], I realize he's now moved on to teaching me how to die. With honesty and unselfishness, he's telling me to love even when it hurts, and to appreciate whatever time I have.
    God be with Jimmy, God be with his family, God be with us all.
    And thank you for so much, Jimmy.
Beth Krugler
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