Today I learned that Richie Havens, one of the nicest souls in music passed away.
He goes to prepare a place for us. I feel his soul ascending as I try to find solace inside the wonderful music he played for us.
Thank you Richie Havens for your beautiful voice and the peace you warmly create in all of us.
I was fortunate to see Richie Havens perform a couple of times live. My favorite moment was to sit across from him at Players Tavern in Westport, Ct. on my birthday in 1978. He was very cordial to us that evening. I loved the vibe he shared as he played guitar and sang so passionately.
I love his album Stonehenge the best. My favorite track is “Minstrel from Gault”. He opened the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival on August 15, 1969 at 5 p.m. playing that song.
Then my son and I caught Richie Havens at The Jammy Awards in 2006 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden where he opened the evening with The Mutaytor. Check out the energy of Freedom from that night.
Richie Havens we send you loving prayers as you join your spirit as one with Woodstock Nation.