Nicely said Max. I've known sooo many people in my lifetime , yet only a handful that actually got to do what they actually wanted to do with their lives.
Bob was certainly one that did just that. Thanks for the post.
I understand that on August 10th, thereís going to be at camp, a memorial for Bob Shane.
This was supposed to happen at last yearís camp, but it didnít happened because of the virus.
Well, a great deal has happened in this country in the last year or so because of the virus.
Over about a 15 year period, beginning around 1980, Bob Shane and I were pretty good friends.
This happened largely because during most of this time, Bob was living in Alpharetta and Roswell. While Bob was living in Georgia, the Trio had a lot of dates in the eastern part of the U.S., and during this time, we (Jackee and I) got to see the Trio a great deal. We moved to From Louisville, Kentucky to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1985 and we lived there for five years. The Trio always had a number of dates in North Carolina (because of TD) and we got to see the Trio even more. About the time when Bob moved to Phoenix, we moved back to Kentucky, and then, we saw very little of the Trio. Also, not long after Bob moved to Phoenix, he was forced to retire from the road.
Iíve always felt that Bobís retirement from the road had a very important effect on him, personally, and on the Trio. I believe it was the key to everything that happened to the Trio after this occurred.
Bob was a road guy. I donít know anyone who cared more about his family than Bob, but as I said, Bob was a road guy. Actually, like most people, Bob was many things. He was a family guy. He cared a great deal about his kids and his wives. He also cared a great deal about his parents and his brother. Bob also cared a great deal about his friends. I donít know anyone who had more friends than Bob. Bob had that politicianís quality that made you feel that while you were in his presence, you were the most important person in the world to him. This was not false. As a friend, Bob was a guy who you could always depend on. He NEVER let me down. Iím sorry to say that there have been very few people that have been in my life who I can say this about.
Bob was a performer. He was a very gifted performer. A performer is someone who is far different from other people who have his talents. He wasnít a musician. He was one of the best singers of the previous century. Thatís for sure. But, above his singing talents, there were his performing talents. To do what Bob did, and what he greatly enjoyed doing, he had to be on the road. When Bob could no longer be on the road, his life was no longer what it had always been, and what his life was meant to be.
Many of us never know what our lives are about. Iím still trying to figure out mine. I doubt if I ever will. But, some people are very lucky. They know what their lives are supposed to be about, and they live their lives this way. Bob was one of these people.
When Bob could no longer be on the road, and he could no longer be a performer, Bob suffered. During the time when Bob could no longer be on the road and be performing, Bob did the best he could. But, in doing this, I know he suffered because he could no longer be the person that he was meant to be. I believe that this explains everything that followed. Along with aging.
The good thing about being a performer was that it also provided Bob with a pretty good income when the economy was good. Being a performer made it possible for Bob to support his family, and it made it possible for him to satisfy his expensive tastes, and have the kind of life that this income provided him.
An offshoot to all of this was something else. Something far more important. By not quitting, and by being a performer, Bob kept some very special music alive. Itís very hard to separate what the Kingston Trio was really about, and what much of the Trioís music was about. In certain ways, they conflicted. It was similar to JFKís conflict that involved Marilyn Monroe. You have this real meaningful thing going, and then Ö. WTF was that? They just donít make sense. But, weíve seen so much of this, there has to be a reason why they coexist. What this might be, weíll never know.
Aside from being a great son, brother, husband, father, and great friend to many people (most of the time), I believe that Bob should be remembered for keeping this very valuable music, and what it stands for alive.
Iíve been very lucky during my life. Iíve had some great experiences. Some of my best ones were while I was with Bob. I miss him a lot.