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Re: Minnesota Marty...
Rich Galassini #2344008 11/01/14 08:53 AM
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I don't wish to run anything into the ground, but as one who is still grieving his loss, it might be useful to put him into perspective.

The simple fact is that very few of us here were Marty's equal and it often happened that some got their knickers in a twist from his plain speaking.

I found his treatment of Ed McMorrow to be a bit rabid, but in the last few months he mellowed considerably and managed some very generous comments about Ed's obvious and undisputed greatness. I have a PM from him on this subject that would surprise most members.

Marty was a flawed human as are we all, but I would rather read a dozen words from him than paragraphs from most others, no offense intended.

May he rest in peace.

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I think Marty brought out the type honesty that many here would like to have themselves. He really wasn't about "being right" or "wrong" which clearly came out in the pms he sent me.
He just didn't always let on that he was above that. Sugar coating and small talk just wasn't his cup'o tea and being of similar nature, I admired him for that.
Perhaps his legacy should be what Berliners in Germany are known for: "quick in word - deep in sentiment & heart".100% honest.
We all now know Marty was a unique but good man - I always did.
RIP - will be missing ya!

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..." - deep in sentiment & heart".


I'll remember Marty's altruism most. He empathized with the needs or illnesses of others without any mention of his own. A rare quality in our day.

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Marty was the first person to welcome me here, as well as the first person to really [censored] me off here. He was smart, quick-witted, sometimes acerbic, and always interesting. Like almost all interesting people, he was a wonderful study in dichotomies. He was neither saint nor devil, but could flirt with the boundaries of both artfully.

I'll miss him.


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I decided to wait a while before posting because, frankly, I was in shock from the moment Marty announced he was terminally ill.

I often interacted with Marty, mostly in PM's. What always clearly came through was his desire to be helpful and his passion for music. He had a great love of music, pianos, and also a motivation to stand for what he believed to be right.

You often take people for granted and think they will be around forever. Marty is a guy who makes me look back and wish I knew him better. If there is any lesson for any of us, it is to do what is important to you now, otherwise you may miss an opportunity...

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Dear Ken Knapp:

Your contribution about Marty resonates in me, deeply.

Bless you.

Karl Watson,
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Ken, exactly. Marty and I often joked about him coming to San Diego so we could go to the Shout House.

I had always really wished it would happen.



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It's hard to believe that Marty's been gone six years.
I miss his presence here.


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I'd be curious to read his obituary, as I don't think I knew a whole lot about him outside of our dealings on the forum. Anybody know his full name?


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Odd, isn't it, that Marty's passing is still painful.
I will always regret not having actually met him.
There are not too many pianists with whom I would choose to play the f minor Schubert Fantasy.
However, he was certainly one of them.

RIP

Karl Watson

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Yes, I miss him too.


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I always loved his posts and his witty remarks.


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I've no idea what he even looked like yet he felt like such an integral part of this forum!

Wherever you are now Marty, I hope there's a Steinway for you to play. You may have actually played with Schubert himself by now!

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