What a treat the audience had! I snuck out back behind ‘stage’ before the performance and watched Guy and John Pointer warm up before Stephen Kinney made the introductions.
Guy had not aged a bit since that day in 2001 when I ran into him at the Pilates Center of Austin taking a lesson. He most certainly is doing SOMETHING right in his life! Maybe its the music, the Tai Chi, or just his sunny attitude. Maybe it’s daughter Mary Mae whom he described in his 40th birthday blog post as “the greatest thing of which I have ever been a part.” Check out this heartwarming Father/ Daughter duet Guy performed together with Mary Mae on Father’s day 2013 at the Strange Brew Coffee House.
In that same blog post, Forsyth quotes Rumi, “and not once has this music stopped flowing to me.” Soulful.
His latest album, The Freedom to Fail was released in 2012. He writes in the liner notes that the record is dedicated to his daughter Mary Mae. “Most of the songs were written after I became a father which has changed everything. Creativity is the opposite of control. Thank you for taking a chance.” The album is beautiful and the booklet that accompanies it is wonderfully entertaining. Guy is not only an engaging performer, he is a storyteller. He has, and continues to lead a very rich life. The booklet for The Freedom to Fail, gives you a little insight to the stories behind the songs. Here is a little taste… the notes that accompany the song Econoline.
Being a New Orleans native myself, I can just imagine him playing in the French Quarter, slipping into Tipitina’s (I missed that Johnny Winter concert, but my friends who went said it was awesome!) and eating with the Hari Krishna!
By the end of the evening, he was stomping and clapping and the whole darn place was doing the same! Love you Guy Forsyth! Have you ever had one of those memorable nights at an event where you were having so much fun you just didn’t want it to end? Tell us about it!