I woke up today to read that Keith Emerson, the most dynamic keyboard player I have ever seen, has blown his brains out at his California home.
Keith was born in Todmorden, in the Pennines, not far from where Lynne and I now live, and his keyboard skills were the most dramatically executed I’ve ever seen.
I particularly remember hearing The Nice play at the de Montford Hall in the late 1960’s, when he threw knives into his Yamaha keyboard! Drama aside, his talent was something I would die for. Together with Rick Wakeman and Tony Banks he brought the keyboard to centre stage, combining Classical music with Rock.
An interpreter of fellow musicians from Bach to to Verdi, one of his interpretations was of Tim Hardin’s How can we hang on to a dream from 1966.
During his superlative performance words are unimportant, as Keith Emerson’s keyboard skills transcend the alphabet.
But hanging on to a dream is very human.
And God bless you Keith.
Weary of life you pulled the plug on your own.
But you live on through your music.
The best I ever heard.