Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Lemme tell you about Glen Perdew. Glen is a cat I went to school with. When I was a freshman at CAU, he was like...a Senior or Super Senior or something. Anyway, dude is amazing. Probably the most amazing musician I have ever been around. To this day, I still don't know what his principal instrument is but I have personally heard him play percussion, keyboards, several brass instruments, and sing. He used to arrange for marching bands, knows all the Music History there is to know, and he has perfect pitch. If you don't know what perfect pitch it, look it up. I don't have time to explain it, but it's crazy and I wish I had it.
Now, let me tell you what kind of person he is. He'll just give you shit. When I was in school, Glen let me hear a Mingus CD. I dug it a lot and I told him that. He looked at me and said: "well you can have it." Just like that. he once gave my homeboy B a cell phone, because the one he had was all fucked up. Just gave it to him. He's funny as hell. A lil quirky, eccentric even, but funny and just an all around nice and dedicated dude. So check this out. I'm on a gig with GP, or G Clef...either one, and let me just say this about him. He never wears the assigned attire. If we're supposed to be in black suits and ties, he'll wear like a sport coat with a fresh ass shirt and some jeans. And nobody says anything to him about it. He's just cold like that. Also, he always has a cup of coffee from Starbucks, and some kind of fast food breakfast sandwich. If you think I'm lying, go check him out. No matter what time of day, starbucks and a McMuffin or something. So we're on the gig and we're chatting and I say, "what's been going on with you man?" He says to me. "well my wife is going into labor any minute now."
OK in case you're not clear, we were on a gig and his wife was going into labor! OK, I see you still don't get it. Well, that brings me to why GP is on my mind this morning. Sunday we were on a gig. Same Starbucks and breakfast sandwich, and we're outside chatting between sets. I say to him, "Glen how is your family?" You know, cause he just had a kid and shit a few months ago...he looks at me and say, "well I lost my Mom yesterday to Cancer."
I'm a let you think about that for a minute, and just remember while you think...we were on a gig.
Bottom line, he's a better man and musician than me. Here's to GP.