Strange and delightful things happened the closer I got to the Dylan inner circle. When I interviewed Garth Hudson, I could not get over the depth of creativity sitting right in front of me. When my camerawoman and I arrived at the studio, I really did not know what to expect. Garth arrived and sat down to the Steinway and played serious classical works not often at the tips of one's fingers. It appeared that he took some time to adjust to the camera and lights, but knowing I was from NAMM and was there, in part, to gain his thoughts about the Lowrey Organ, Garth was carefully considering what to say and how to say it. It was an interview I will never forget.
His dear wife, loving known as Sister Maude, was the key factor in the interview being a success. She cared deeply about understanding our intent and the use of the footage. Then she seemed to go out of her way to ensure the interview was a complete success. Weeks later, it was Sister Maude who posted the webclip from his interview on his Facebook fan page. This single post, and the many shares that followed, resulted in nearly 4,000 views within a week's time. Nothing like that has ever happened with a webclip before. It was a perfect topper to a wonderful experience.
Click here to view a segment from his 2017 interview.
Dan Del Fiorentino
NAMM Music Historian