First a sideman, then bandmate, then a friend. Quick to smile and bring cheer into the most dire of circumstances. Richard lent authority and weight to any musical endeavor. From his Yonge St. days with Ronnie Hawkins, through to Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, The Band, Bonny Raitt, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and finally to us in Porkbelly Futures, every note he played was a lesson in insight. His subtle yet profound input could alter a tune on a seismic level. Too soon gone.
A friend, mentor, co-conspirator, songwriting partner and neighbour. We grew up and older together. One of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever known and come to love. But to the world, more importantly, a gifted author, playwright, film maker, musician and poet. From a Govenor General’s Award to a Genie to a Juno, he won just about every creative award there was. Except perhaps an Oscar. And I think, had he stayed with us long enough, that would be on his shelf as well. "Hello Jim" was recorded live off the floor with a stereo mic. 3 days later Paul passed away. Never far from our thoughts.