Today we lost David Avila. I thought a lot about what the last three decades must have been for him… and how different life would have been, how much more music we would have heard had it not been for a brain tumor. I thought about Tracy Mendoza… thankful for his Facebook posting. I read posts from two dozen people, feeling a little more blessed with each that I have the privilege to be in the company of such a gentle and happy soul… even if just for a moment. People he touched became better people. Musicians improved when he played with them. He had that effect, always bringing you up… never bringing you down. I thought about clean technique… about the melody behind the notes, about precise rhythms and musicianship that transcends style… and how with equal grace he made people feel like they mattered to him.
David you were genuine and real and we already miss you.