Monday, March 23, 2009

My friend Jeff Allwood...


Let me tell you how I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Allwood.

I met Joe Allwood on the first day of kindergarten waiting for the bus. We were best friends all through school and graduated together. Joe's little brother Jeff was always there with us after school and on the lucky weekends when I got to stay the night at their house. Jeff, Joe, Johnny Warren and I sang in a barbershop quartet in high school. Their Mother Judy Allwood was my music teacher starting in third grade until I graduated. Their Dad was our high school principal. They were truly my extended family.

Jeff, Joe and I were like the three stooges at times. We would laugh and joke until we ran out of laughter, take a break and do it all over again. When I was 17, we started a country band and Jeff played lead guitar. We played several gigs together, including one for the entire Clopton High School where I graduated.

Jeff taught himself to play guitar, piano and eventually any instrument with strings. He was probably the most talented musician I have had the privilege to share a stage with, an event that happened way too infrequently. But I cherish every second I spent with the other two stooges.

Miss Judy was our biggest fan. She said our harmony was like that family harmony that is so rare. I have not sang with the Allwood brothers since the late 90's I guess. I always thought we would do a reunion show at our old high school when we were old, gray and wildly successful.

That show will have to be in some other place and time because Jeff passed away March 20th, 2009. He was an inspiration to us all by always pursuing his dream of playing music for a living, which is all he ever did.

I am going to miss my friend. Life is short folks, don't waste a second.

Peace and love to all,

Phil

5 comments:

Sherendipity said...

I am very sorry for your loss, Phil.

Phil Bennett said...

Thank you, it is a very sad day. He was one of those people that you never forget. He inspired me to be a better musician.

Peace,

Phil

Jeff Blumer said...

Hey Uncle Phil,
I'm sorry for your loss as well. When you lose someone that has contributed so much to your very being it's difficult to imagine them gone. If you need anything, or a place to stay while you're in the area, don't hesitate to give us a shout.

Love you,
~J

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He is a hero for following his dream and calling.

Phil Bennett said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. Death is a part of life, it's just hard to see such a young, talented and funny guy taken away from us.

Love to all of you,

Phil

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