Post by Curmudgeon
Yesterday I re-watched Julian Bream "My Life in Music" for the umpteenth time. I then went online and learned that he died in August, yet I see no mention of him in the forum. He was a giant, and I would think deserves at least a passing mention. I am not learned enough to post any great insights, but plenty of folks here are.
Well, since you mentioned it! I just mentioned this to my wife this morning, and Julian Bream has been on my mind for some weeks since I heard. Coincidentally, I am in the fortunate position of buying a guitar right now and for romantic reasons, I first went after a Japanese guitar, because as a boy I learned on a Yamaha, then I searched for a guitar made in my birth year (1969) because that would be cool too. So I settled on a '69 Kohno and as I understand it Bream had a treasured Kohno himself. All of this was communicated to my wife just this morning. She knows I'm a Julian Bream fan (and is one herself of course after watching his videos with me....c'mon Guitarra! is an absolute freaking treasure)....anyway, nice to see this thread here. I am certainly not a giant of CG like so many of you here but Bream had a tremendous influence on how I look at classical music in general, never mind guitar. He was a cool cat before he was anything else and that coolness seemed to be in everything he did.
It's a beautiful day here in New England, and I will certainly spend it thinking of and listening to Bream.