Stay in Tune vol#62
By Luthier Patrick Podpadec
This article is hard for me to start because I have a heavy heart from the loss of a good friend. Dennis Roeder passed over on Tues evening Jan 24th . Many people knew him as one of the most solid bass players, great guitar player, terrific singer, healthcare professional, dedicated husband, father, humanitarian, cool dude, and the best friend a lot of people have ever had. Dennis taught many musicians (me included) a thing or two or three about how music is supposed to be played and heard. He had a way of explaining things in a simple manner that made it easier to figure out. Music flowed effortlessly through Dennis like the blood that flows through the rest of us. He could automatically play whatever genre of music that was put in front of him with a style and finesse’ that sounded like he had played it forever. His latest endeavor in music was with“Marion Avenue”. He had expressed to me many times how much he enjoyed playing with his friends Erin and Jason in the band. I (along with everyone that knew him) will think of him every time I hear songs like “Willin”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay”, and countless others. Dennis is one of the best “all around” humans I’ve been blessed to meet in my lifetime. I asked him to save me a seat next to him when he gets up to the “Big Gig”. The world is truly a better place to have known such a good soul! There will be a great celebration of his life with plenty of good music scheduled in the near future (please keep your eyes and ears open for the details) so that we can show our gratitude for the friendship that he gave to so many during his all too short existence on this planet. I know Dennis would like for me to talk more about my repairs than him so I will tell you a little bit about the latest things in the shop.
Patrick from Liam Guitars / Wood-n-Strings