Gregg Allman – I am at a loss for words. I was moved by Gregg’s voice
when I first heard the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. I was nine years
old. I had not even picked up a guitar yet but thanks to my to older
brothers I had been exposed to a lot of great soul music with the best
singers in the world. But this was something different. This music was
making a deep emotional connection with me even though it was too
complex for me to really understand. Somehow, though, it had this
“common man” quality that allowed that music to connect with people on
so many different levels without analyzing the ingredients that went
into it-soul, blues, rock, country, jazz-all mixed together in a way no
one had ever done before. And on top of it all was this beautiful voice
that could be soothing, terrifying, mellow, angry, and amazingly natural
and soulful all at the same time-and instantly captivating. It drew me
in. It drew us all in.
Over the next few years I would begin to play guitar as everyone of
my music loving friends became Allman Brothers’ freaks. That music spoke
to anyone who heard it but in the South it resonated with us. It spoke
volumes. It brought a voice to people like myself in the midst of some
confusing, ever-changing times. Here was this group of Southern hippies
with an integrated band coming out of the Deepest South with equally
deep music on the heels of some extremely deep changes. We didn’t
realize how heavy that was at the time but we sure realized how heavy
the music was. Every guitar player in every Southern town was listening
to the Live at Fillmore East record and worshipping at the altar of
Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. But the icing on the cake was always
Gregg’s voice. That’s what separated the ABB from being a band that only
connected with music freaks. Women whom previously had only listened to
the radio would tolerate the long jams to get to the parts where Gregg
melted their souls with that angelic voice. It turned casual music fans
into fanatical fans who were discovering a new multi-dimensional music
that a few years prior wasn’t even in existence. And it was all due to
Gregg’s voice-and the songs.
He wrote these amazing songs that were as natural as his voice was.
The words and melodies felt so perfectly unpretentious and, when
delivered by him, made an emotional connection that only happens when
music is genuine and honest. I learned an enormous amount about singing
and songwriting from him-most of it before we ever met.
I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many
songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him
while making the best music the world has ever known. I will never, ever
take that for granted. And on top of all that-he was my dear friend.
My fondest memories will always be of Gregg, myself, and Allen Woody
sharing a tour bus together-listening to great music and laughing our
asses off mile after mile. Traveling- like life- is so much better when
you’ve got friends to share the experience with. I’ve lost too many
lately and this one is gonna be hard to get past. There is some comfort
in knowing that millions of people all over the world feel the same way.
I’m grateful for the Out cover article about Colton Haynes. I became a fan when I started watching Arrow. I was mesmerized by his amazing looks first, but his raw, emotionally deep performance quickly made Roy my favorite character.
I followed the story arcs for Roy/Arsenal avidly, but was terribly disappointed by the way he was written out. If they’d known he was leaving, couldn’t they have actually showed his struggle to continue as a hero after he discovered he’d killed a cop instead of just throwing that out there in a few lines and having him give it all up when he’d been so passionate about helping people?
Now I understand. As fans we know how real life can affect our time and opportunity to participate in our fandoms, and reading about what Colton was struggling with physically, mentally, and emotionally, I respect his need to leave the show. And I want to express my gratitude that Greg Berlanti was willing to help him go and face the fan backlash from his departure with aplomb, never revealing that it wasn’t a decision made by the showrunners.
Anything that Colton has done to get healthy and happy, I support. As his fan, I want to see him as much as possible, but I respect him taking the time he needs to get to a good place in his life.
I’ll be watching and supporting whatever he does in the future, and I hope he finds everything he’s looking for. (Six kids, Colton? Really?!?)
@coltonlhaynes: Tonight the 100th episode of #Arrow airs…I am so thankful to have been a part of this show for 54 episodes & counting. I had no idea I was going to be in the DC world until the incredible @gberlanti called and asked if I’d come on for 3 episodes which then turned into multiple seasons of pure joy & more laughs than I can explain. I owe u the world Greg! This cast has seen me through my best & darkest times and I love them more than I can explain. I owe so much to the producers/network/cast/writers & crew for letting me be in this family but most importantly…we have the best fans in the world. The reason this show got this far is because of y'all & I’m sending so much love to every single one of you for changing my life. ❤️❤️❤️
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