Kevin Zeese Has Died


Kevin Zeese died this morning of a heart attack. He was 64.

Zeese will be remembered for his failed campaign for the U. S. Senate in Maryland on the Green Party ticket, his involvement in Occupy DC, his support for Bradley Manning and the Maduro regime in Venezuela, and his involvement with Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections.

Charlie Daniels, R. I. P.


Musician Charlie Daniels died today after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. His skilled playing of the guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin and his distinctive voice will be missed.

UPDATE—Charlie was the bass player on this session—

Connie Hoge, R. I. P.


connie2011107Connie Hoge (née Constance Ann Potter) died at 6:16 pm this evening in home hospice care after a brief struggle with a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer. She was 62.

Connie received a B. A. degree in Audio Production from Indiana University in 1977. She was the first person to graduate from that program at IU. When she died, she was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. In between, she enjoyed several careers. She worked as a recording engineer in Nashville with several gold and platinum records to her credit and was the founding Vice Chairman of the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society. She was the founding Director of the Williams-Sonoma Cooking School in Costa Mesa, California, and operated the Westminster’s Personal Chef home cooking service for several years. She was a beekeeper, a Master Gardener and Flower Show Judge. Connie was Chairman of the Carroll County, Maryland, Forest Conservancy Board, and a member of the Maryland Governor’s Sustainable Forestry Commission. She was a member of Westminster Church of Christ and active in several of the congregation’s ministries.

She is survived by her husband W. J. J. Hoge and son William Hoge, IV, both of Westminster, Maryland; her brother, Robert E. Potter, III, of Illinois; her half-sisters, Mary Olson-Menzel of New York and Patricia Davis of Illinois; her step-sister, Sondra Jean Witsman of Kansas; and her step-brother, John Richard Potter of Montana.

The funeral will be held at Roger’s Funeral Home in Jasper, Tennessee, with burial in the Hoge Cemetery. Arrangement are incomplete for now. A memorial service in Westminster, Maryland, will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Connie Hoge Memorial Fund for benefit of the Natural Resources Career Camp.

UPDATE—How I Met Mrs. Hoge

Leon Russell, R. I. P.


Leon Russell died in his sleep on Sunday at his home near Nashville. He was 74.

Almost every time that I saw him, we were on opposite sides of the glass. I was usually in a control room, but the last time, the glass was the windshield of Leon’s car. He almost ran over me one day in the early ’80s while I was crossing 19th Ave. South from Marchetti’s (a restaurant) to Nicholson’s (a audio equipment store).

Scotty Moore, R. I. P.


Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore, best known for his work as the lead guitarist on Elvis Presley’s first hits, has died at his home in Nashville. Scotty was 84.

By the time I got to know Scotty, he was working more as recording engineer than a guitarist, but his musicianship was evident on both sides of the double-glass window.

Pierre Boulez, R. I. P.


Noted composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died. He was 90.

I had a couple of opportunities to hear him conduct, once in New York and once in LA. The New York performance was near the end of his tenure with the Philharmonic. I was in town for a convention of the Audio Engineering Society, and a group of us were given comp tickets to hear the performance in the recently retooled Avery Fisher Hall.

I greatly enjoyed the first half of the concert which included an interesting interpretation of a Mozart symphony. I found the second half … odd and a perfect example of why Boulez’s tenure in New York was a bit rocky. The closing piece for brass, winds, and percussion was Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum written by Olivier Messiaen. (Boulez studied harmony and composition under Messiaen in the ’40s.) It was weird, but I liked it. However, over half the audience walked out on the performance.

He was a brilliant conductor of 20th-century music who was equally at home with Bach and Mozart.

Dave Brubeck, R. I. P.


He was 91. This past weekend was the third anniversary of his passing. While he will be remembered by most people for his jazz recordings in uncommon time signatures (Take Five, Unsquare Dance, etc.), he was also the composer of religious works such as A Light in the Wilderness, an oratorio with texts from the book of Matthew.

Fred Thompson, R. I. P.


Fred Thompson had died of a recurrence of lymphoma. He was 73.

He was quite a character. I remember him from when he was a law school student at Vanderbilt while I was an undergraduate.

He delivered many memorable lines in his varied careers, but the most important was probably, “Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the President?”