“...You’re an accumulation of the lives that you touch
You’re a celebration of the wind and the dust
You were put here for a reason
Be of service, be a beacon...”
— From the song “The Measure” by Bob Sima
The painting above is several years old and seemed fitting to these beautiful lyrics. I was fortunate to be at a performance last July where my dear friend Bob Sima was just beginning to share this song. This video link below was posted by our mutual friend Daniel, and today it really caught my ear and resonated in my heart.
The song honors his colleague, friend, and oft-accompanying musician David Glaser, who passed not quite a year ago. In the intro Bob explains how he had swapped/given David a fine guitar, because David had loved it so much, and then regrettably, it came back to Bob when David died. They played together here in Roanoke at a house concert I arranged not long after this painting had come into being. Seen on stage in the video with Bob are his spouse Shannon Plummer (vocals) and Daniel Kepel-Young (violin) at Ram’s Head, in Annapolis, MD.