Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Delicate Balance

L to R: Earl (of Old Town); U. Utah Phillips; Tom Dundee

Coffee Messiah asked me if I knew Tom Dundee. I heard Tom play a lot over my years in Chicago; an old friend of mine used to rent out his Condo on Juneway Terrace because he was on the road so much and so I met him, hung out with him a bit in the late '90s. He was a lovely guy, and a terrific singer/songwriter. I had no idea he'd died - motorcycle accident in April 2006. Two years before, his friend Fred Holstein died - another staple in the Chicago music scene. And before that, Mike Jordan, and before that Steve Goodman. It is all so fleeting.

"And its all such a delicate balance
Takes away just as much as it gives,
To live it is real,
to love it is to feel
You're a part of what everything is.

And its all such a delicate balance
As it turns through the circles of air,
To worry does nothing
but steals from the loving
And robs from the pleasure that's there."

A Delicate Balance, by Tom Dundee


Anonymous said...

Good to see your gentle post mentioning Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in my new 800-page biography, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." Tom Dundee, Fred Holstein, Earl Pionke and Utah Phillips were all key sources among my 1,000-plus interviewees. Please know that the book's first printing just sold out, and the second printing probably will be out in late February. To sign up to be notified about the availability of the second printing, visit my Internet site (below) and click on the "online store" page. Just trying to spread word about the book. Feel free to do the same!

Clay Eals
1728 California Ave. S.W. #301
Seattle, WA 98116-1958

(206) 935-7515
(206) 484-8008

DivaJood said...

Clay, thanks for stopping by. I adored Steve Goodman - what a great voice, what a warm person he was. I met him when he was starting out, he was singing at a place in Rogers Park. My brother, friend and I drove him home to his parent's house in Park Ridge - we hung out for a while - just hanging out. He is sorely missed.

Coffee Messiah said...

That song has been a favorite since I heard it "way back when!"

So many stories I heard from David and back in the '80s, he and Tom had a tour they did together.

Sorry, no book to sell. ; )

DivaJood said...

Coffee, I'm with you. It is a great song.

Spadoman said...

Utah is having difficulties right now. Heart problems as I have heard it. Not much insurance either. Performers didn't pay too much into social security. In Utah's case, so many free concerts given and years on the road in a boxcar.

Here's a link to his complete works:

Peace to All.