Thank you to EVERYONE who joined us for the special celebration of Alan Farley's life and legacy on Monday, November 19th. We had great music from Mike Greensill & Wesla Whitfield, trumpeter/announcer/producer Eric Wayne, flutist/host David Latulippe, pianist/host Sarah Cahill, and an ad hoc string quartet that included Sandy Walsh from the Alexander String Quartet.
Memories were shared, and a terrific spread from our good friends at Gabriele Muselli Catering contributed to the festive atmosphere in the classy setting of the Green Room at the War Memorial Veteran's Building in San Francisco. Alan would have had a great time himself!
Here are a few of the remembrances that were posted that night:
"O Alan, how much we miss your soft and mellifluous voice on 'Open Air' and all the countless 'Noel Coward Entr'actes over the years - we miss you dearly. As Sedge Thompson always signs off on 'WCL': 'Safe Journey!' - Most sincerely, Jay A."
"Alan - You have a gentle and gracious spirit. Now it blows across the universe for all to share. All my love, Hollis A."
"I've listened to Alan Farley on KALW for almost 30 years. I'll always hear his voice when I tune in to KALW - no matter who else is talking. Fondly and gratefully, Victoria B."
and a brief excerpt of a lovely letter from Mark Leno:
"...Having last seen Alan just a few months ago...I was immediately reminded of what made Alan Farley such an attractive human being. He was clearly gracefully aging, which is something I always respect. Alan's honest and transparent approach to his life, his work, and to those he loved spoke profoundly about how best to spend our years. He led by example, living purposefully and embracing everyone and everything that mattered to him. His quiet pride was his own exuberant anthem. Rest peacefully dear friend. -Mark Leno"