Austin Owes a Debt of Gratitude to Clifford

RECEIVED Fri., May 26, 2006

Dear Editor,
    I've been meaning to write to Louis Black for quite some time. So now I'm going to finally do it.
    I really enjoy reading his “Page Two” commentaries every week. I loved what he wrote about the Constitution and the American system of government. It is so refreshing to see that someone really does understand what the Constitution is all about and that we are not a democracy but a representative republic based on constitutional law.
    I just read what Louis wrote about Clifford Antone, and I have to say "Amen" [“Page Two,” May 26]. What a beautiful piece. Almost poetic. I never had the privilege of meeting Clifford in person, but felt like he was an old friend. Anyone who loves music as much as he did is a soul brother to me. I heard of Clifford's death in my truck on the radio. The station then played a song by Malford Milligan, and I literally felt goose bumps all over my body. I went to the Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble show last Saturday night at Antone's. And man am I glad I did! Clifford was so alive and full of joy when he bounced up onstage to introduce the musicians. He stayed at stage right the whole time and was like a kid in a candy store. His passion was infectious. Malford got up and belted out a killer blues song too that night. What a great time it was. That's why it was such a shock to hear of Clifford's passing. He was taken way too soon from us. But, his legacy will surely live on.
    We in Austin owe him a lot of gratitude. The blues all over the world owes him a lot of gratitude as well. And the blues will live on stronger than ever in large part due to his love and passion.
Michael Daniel
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