a while ago I found some small tape cassettes from the late '80s thru the mid '90s. I had taped messages left on my answering machine. I gave them to neighbor Phil who transferd them to CDs which he brought over last nite.
all dead within a month.
& there were their voices.
& so many others who have died: James Broughton Joe Chaikin Duane Hartzell Bobby Lewis Bernique Longley Richard Martin Algesa O'Sickey Shannon Rodgers Ruth Warrick. even some meows from my beloved cats Toby & Melina.
it was overwhelming to listen to more than 2 hours of messages from the past.
not all were from the dead. there was Bea Arthur's deep voice. & John Ericson singing Rodgers & Hammerstein. & Edmund White calling from Paris. & Jean-Claude van Itallie singing "Happy Birthday." & Thrity Umrigar wanting to go out for coffee. & Madeline Gins asking abt libraries. & Richard Grossinger planning a visit.
those old tapes brought back so many memories of so many wonderful people. damn. I've been a lucky man.