Keaggy fan Steve Busey, an active participant in the keaggy-l email discussion group, took it upon himself to find out more about the origin of the story and about it's author, and managed to locate Stuart online. Stuart has graciously agreed to have the text archived here at Way Back Home. To read Stuart's recollection of the composition of the story, and the story itself, visit The Story Behind The Master and the Musician. Many thanks to Stuart and to Steve for making this resource available, and to Richard Fay for providing the text in electronic form.
Like Phil, Jim is a Paul McCartney fan. When Jim heard that Phil would be playing for the wedding of Paul's sister-in-law, he quickly finished a left-handed SJ cutaway he happened to be building for another customer, and with that customer's blessing, gave the guitar to Phil to deliver to Paul in person as a gift from Jim. Happily, someone had the wisdom to take photos of Phil's meeting with Paul, which appear here thanks to Jim Olson and his graphics designer, Ken Martin.
"I said, hey thanks for all the years of great music..." - PK, Feb 1991
Recently, I played and sang at the wedding of my friends Don Malcolm and Laura McCartney [I think he meant Laura Eastman?]. Laura is the sister of Linda McCartney. It seemed a sure thing that at least Linda would be at the wedding. As it turned out, husband Paul was one of the groomsmen and his wife and children were bridesmaids.
I enjoyed doing my part in this lovely wedding. I sang, "Two of You," "Here and Now," and "What a Wonder." I played on the guitar, "I Love You Lord."
Yes, I was a bit nervous, Paul standing only a few feet away listening and watching attentively. After the first shaky line of "Here and Now" I focused upon Bernadette, then of course on the bride and groom. Smooth sailing from then on...
We all met the night before at the rehearsal dinner. There was a good deal of God's presence throughout. Many believers were there from the United States as well as from Europe, although the attendance was no greater than 50 people. Paul and Linda and their children were quite friendly. Paul said "Now tomorrow, just have fun and be of good voice."
After the wedding Paul said, "You did a fine job" to me. He also said, "you sound a lot like James Taylor!" I better start listening to James Taylor again I suppose.
For a brief moment upstairs in the Eastman's house, Paul and I had a bit of a jam with acoustic guitars. He was very obliging and generous with his time.
As you know, I've been a "Mac" fan for some time... at least 28 years now! I wish him and his family all the best. It seems to me that they are nice folks and God loves them very much.
Laura and Don are two of the finest Christian people I've met and very dedicated to sharing Christ with people everywhere they go. They now live in Italy and have a ministry together there.
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