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Rick, a great sax player for the band Soul Providers, and owner of Mechanicsville Music passed away on May 1st, 2018. He was a great guy, not a very good business man, but all musician. And, could he play the sax.
 

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Rick was a good friend of mine and I used to see him several times a week when I was working in the area. But, for the last few years I've been on a different job and haven't been able to see him. He and I talked about his cancer when it first showed up and I thought for sure that he had beaten it. Just goes to show that you never know. This makes me very sad. I was out of town and wasn't able to go to his memorial today. We were about the same age and I also lost a good friend and guitar player this past October. When your "contemporaries" start passing...it makes you stop and think.
Thanks for posting and remembering Rick.
 

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He always had an interesting sax or two on the wall at his store and it was one of those places you could go to maybe get a neck cork, pick up some reeds and talk shop - not many places left like that. When he was playing with the 'Providers' they had a really good trumpet man and they made a great duo. The last time I saw him play was in the tent at Enzo's one August and a terrific thunderstorm was brewing. We left just as the first raindrops fell - the storm just happened to be going the same direction as we were and it stormed and down-poured all the way down 288. Sounds like a storm was also headed for him - I think it was shortly after that he was struck by a car at a gas station which put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
I'll tell you something about 'losing your contemporaries' that I never thought about - when they're gone, you have nobody to talk about old times with - you start feeling like the 'last of the dinosaurs'. When you share memories with people who also lived them, they're alive and real - when you're the last one, they're just tales.
 

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Rick sold me one of his Mark VI's that I got for my son for his HS graduation. He was always so protective of his saxes, like they were part of his family. I guess they really were. I'm not sure what's going to happen to the store now.
 

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He acquired my Uncle Joe Woody's Mark VI after Uncle Joe passed. He said we could make a good deal on it as I had sold him my SBA some years earlier. Well, I never got around to it and the next thing I know, he's no longer with us. Again...you never know. And, frankly I'd much rather still have Rick around than the horn anyway...
 
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