Seminars and Projects
APRIL - MID AUGUST 2005
These are the guestbook entries for April - Mid August 2005
Peace be with you and yours, Vassar. You have given so much joy in your time here- may the Lord bless you on your journey to the angel band.
With much love,
Max and Barb Williams
Max Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gainesville, FL USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 23:16:55 (EDT)
I just listened to 'Old and in the Gray' over dinner tonight, then checked for a website. Shocked! You've made this world so much better by your music. There is no doubt that you will do the same in the next world. Peace.
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 22:05:04 (EDT)
It is with a heavy heart that I have received the sad news of your current situation from Midge via Linda Bolton. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loving family for your comfort during this most difficult time. We love you and your wonderful gift of music and will cherish every moment that we shared with you on this earth.
Mike & Janet Kropp & Family
Mike Kropp <email@example.com>
Wyoming, RI USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 21:08:11 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you and your family. I feel fortunate to have seen you perform several times and am thankful you shared your gift of music with so many. God bless you.
Tracy Scaglione <>
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 20:20:41 (EDT)
My husband,Kevin, and I saw you perform recently in Hanover, PA. What a wonderful evening of beautiful music and many happy faces. We had so much fun and that memory will stay close to my heart forever...God bless you...
Tonya Briggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lancaster, PA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 20:08:47 (EDT)
Thank you for all the pleasure you have given me over these oh so many years. May your upcoming journey be as sweet as you music
Steve Oliver <email@example.com>
Lake Mary , FL USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 20:08:09 (EDT)
To Vassar's family-
I got to see Vassar a few years back at the Wichita River Festival and it was and is a highlight of my life. To see a true musicain practice his craft is a true gift. Thank you for sharing that gift with all of us there that night.
I'm very saddened to hear that Vassar's condition has taken a turn for the worst and the whole family is in my thoughts and most of all my prayers.We all should remember that we live in God's time not our own and the Lord has all of our final calls.And the ones of us who know that all of our parents,kids and the good things that have come in our lives are really gifts that were bestowed upon us by God are the ones who will sit with our departed family & friends and the Lord when it is our time to be called home. God Bless you Vassar and your family and again thank you for sharing your gift of music as well as your life with us.I will be sad when the day comes but I will say that I am humbled and honored that my lifetime has happened during yours.
With love and prayers,
brad gurley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
wichita, ks USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 19:55:48 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm a better person and musician for having known and played with you. May God's every blessing be upon you. It was a blessing to me to have played your last show with you. We love you, too.
Midge and George - be well, and may God's peace be with you.
Bill Ward <email@example.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 18:55:46 (EDT)
Thank you for a lifetime of music. I've loved your playing for 30+ years. Your phrasing and harmonic ideas have had a profound influence on me--a lowly guitar player. You are one of the great musicians of the 20th (and 21st) Century.
God speed, and travel lightly.
Martin Grossendt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Providence, RI USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 18:14:54 (EDT)
Vassar, You have inspired me so many times. I will never forget you. I love you. rest well my friend. JD
Jerry Douglas <>
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 16:50:28 (EDT)
May you go in peace, Vassar, with the knowledge that you have left this world with some of the most beatiful, ageless and inspiring music ever made. I am so lucky to include myself as one of the musicians you gave frank advice to, encouraged and inspired, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. Without knowing it, you changed my life as well as literally many thousands of others. Your kindness, generosity,sense of humor, incredible talent, and hard work will always be remembered by me and everyone else whose life you have touched.
May we meet again sometime.
Mark Myers <email@example.com>
Shoreline, WA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 16:16:51 (EDT)
I was very saddened to hear of Vassar's illness and how close he is to passing. My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.
Go in peace and say hello to Jerry for me!
Deadfreak Lisa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
North East, Pa USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:46:22 (EDT)
May God Bless you, Vassar and the entire Clements family!
I had the pleasure of meeting you in 1999-2000 when you played in Savannah with Boyd Albritton's Group the Blotter Boys with Buddy Cage and Sammy Piazza. I think you and I were the only sober ones in the place, and it was a pleasure to speak with you. We discussed how, at the time, you had never been invited to MerleFest. Thereafter, I launched a campaign via email to merleFest, and, while I don't know if what I did worked, you were at MerleFest within the next 2 years.
Your Vassar's Birthday Jam from 2003 was of my most treasured MerleFest moment with your rendition of John Hartford's "Aereoplane" You have such a gift of musical talent, and the world is a much richer place for your having chosen to share such with us. We will miss you, old friend, and may God keep your road clear.
Chris Steinmetz <>
Savannah, GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:45:22 (EDT)
God Bless and God Speed. Your music and the short conversation we had at Harvest Fest one year was amazing. Thank you forr all you have done.
George Dillard <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:41:04 (EDT)
AUGUST 15, 2005 (PAPA’S HEALTH UPDATE)
MIDGE HERE…..FIRST OF ALL IT BREAKS ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART SINCE MOM DIED IN 1998 TO SIT DOWN AND EVEN SEND THIS UPDATE OF PAPA’S OUT. WHEN I KNOW IN TRUTH THAT HE PROBABLY DOESN’T HAVE MUCH LONGER ON THIS EARTH. HE IS “EXTREMELY WEAK” AND CAN BARELY RESPOND AT TIMES. YET HE SEEMS AT TIMES TO STILL KNOW MY VOICE WHEN I LET HIM KNOW THAT GEORGE AND I ARE GOING TO CHANGE HIS PJ TOP, UNDERPANTS AND ETC. I CONTINUE TO TELL HIM HOW MUCH HIS FAMILY LOVES HIM AND ALSO BY THOSE WHO HAVE EVER MET HIM.
HE’S NOT HAD ANY FOOD INTAKE FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS AND IS BARELY DRINKING FLUIDS. SIGNS OF JAUNDICE AS WELL AS THE DARKENING COLOR OF
HIS URINE IS SHOWING LIVER FAILURE.
PAPA HAS A PIC LINE THAT WAS INSERTED AT THE HOSPITAL ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 9TH AND AT THE MOMENT HE’S ON A MORPHINE PUMP DISPENSING 1.0 MILLIGRAM EVERY HOUR. IF WE SEE THAT HE NEEDS MORE THEN WE ARE ABLE TO DISPENSE EVERY 15 MINUTES AN ADDITIONAL 1.0 MILLIGRAM OF MORPHINE FOR HIS COMFORT. AT THIS VERY MOMENT HE IS AS COMFORTABLE AS HE CAN BE WHICH WERE HIS WISHES ALL ALONG IF THE CANCER WERE TO TAKE OVER.
EVERYONE CAN KNOW AND REST ASSURE THAT PAPA IS STILL BEING WELL CARED FOR WITH “TENDER LOVING CARE” AT HOME WITH GEORGE AND I AS HE HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS. I’M BLESSED BY GOD TO CARE FOR ANOTHER PARENT THAT IS DYING. GOD GIVES ME THAT STRENGTH!!!!!!
MOM HAS WAITED 7 LONG YEARS FOR PAPA, TO BE LAID TO REST BESIDE HER. THAT BRINGS SADNESS, JOY, PEACE AND A SMILE TO ME.
ALTHOUGH, NONE OF US WANT TO SEE PAPA DIE, I HAVE PRAYED FOR MONTHS THAT GOD TAKE HIM QUIETLY IN HIS SLEEP FOR HE’S HAD “NO QUALITY” LIFE SINCE THE DIAGNOSIS IN MARCH WITH CHEMO TREATMENTS, TRANSFUSIONS, CHEST X-RAYS, CT SCANS, BLOOD DRAWN FOR BLOOD COUNTS NOT COUNTING THE 3 DAYS OF RADIATION HE HAD ENDURED AND COUNTLESS HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS.
I WILL “NOT” APOLOGIZE FOR SAYING GOD IS FOR YOU. NOT “MAY BE, “ NOT “HAS BEEN,” NOT “WAS,” NOT “WOULD BE,” BUT GOD IS!” HE IS FOR YOU, ME AND EVERYONE “TODAY.” AT THIS HOUR AND THIS MINUTE. I KNOW HIS LOYALTY WON’T INCREASE IF YOU ARE BETTER NOR LESSEN IF YOU ARE WORSE. HE IS FOR “YOU.” HAD HE A CALENDAR, YOUR BIRTHDAY WOULD BE CIRCLED. IF HE DROVE A CAR, YOUR NAME WOULD BE ON HIS BUMPER. IF THERE’S A TREE IN HEAVEN, HE’S CARVED YOUR NAME IN THE BARK. HE SAYS “I HAVE WRITTEN YOUR NAME ON MY HAND.” (ISAIAH 49:16)
EVEN THOUGH THERE IS MUCH SADNESS IN ME, OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND COUNTLESS MUSICIAN FRIENDS YOU CAN HAVE THOSE MOMENTS OF DOUBT AND DISCONTENT BUT IF NOTHING ELSE “ALWAYS” REMEMBER THAT GOD HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN US OR LEFT US ALONE.
LIVE IN GRACE AND NOT BLINDNESS FOR “I” PERSONALLY KNOW IT’S A GREAT BLESSING, INSPIRATION, THRILL AND WONDER OF WHAT GOD IS CAPABLE OF DOING. IT’S BEYONE DESCRIPTION AND GOD CONTINUES TO KEEP ME HUMBLE AND I’M GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR THAT.
AGAIN, I THANK MY CHURCH FAMILIES, RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND FELLOW MUSICANS OF PAPA’S THAT HAVE BEEN SO WONDERFUL, CARING AND THOUGHTFUL IN CHECKING ON PAPA. ALSO, THE CONCERN THEY’VE ALL HAD ON GEORGE AND MYSELF AS WELL AS OUR WHOLE FAMILY.
THERE’S NOT MUCH MORE I CAN SAY AT THIS POINT OTHER THAN PAPA AND I KNOW THAT GOD IS THE DESTINATION OF OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. THE PRESENT MOMENT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. THE FUTURE SNUGGLES RIGHT INTO THE PRESENT, AND GIVES US PEACE. THE DEVIL HAS A PLOT BUT GOD HAS A PLAN. WE ARE JUST NOT AWARE OF WHAT THAT PLAN IS.
THANK YOU DR. ERIC RAEFSKY, SARA, VICKIE, KATHY, TINA, MARLA, JAMIE, ALICE AND THE WHOLE STAFF AT TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY. ALSO, DR. STEPHEN FELTS, STEPHANIE AND DEE FOR THE MANY PHONE CALLS I’VE HAD TO MAKE TO YOUR OFFICE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AFTER MOM DIED. DR. FELTS AND DR. RAEFSKY “I LOVE YOU BOTH.” ALTHOUGH I’VE LET YOU KNOW THAT. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HUGS, ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT TO ME. IT’S APPARENT YOU FEEL FOR ALL YOUR PATIENTS, BUT MOST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS TO MY NUMBER “1” PAPA.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE NURSES, TECHS, JAN PARKER AND HOUSEKEEPING ON THE 6TH FLOOR AT SUMMIT HOSPITAL. YOU HAVE BEEN A BLESSING. I THANK YOU ALL!!!!! TO ERIC (RN) ALWAYS REMEMBER PAPA SAID YOU WERE HIS “MAIN MAN.” PAPA SEEMED TO ALWAYS KNOW WHEN YOU WALKED IN THE ROOM TO CARE FOR HIM. EVEN WHEN HE FELT SO TERRIBLY BAD. TO CHARLOTTE, THANK YOU FOR THE ADDITIONAL CUPS OF COFFEE AND PEPSI ON PAPA’S FOOD TRAY AND YOUR SPECIAL KINDNESS. BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE DONE. A THANK YOU JUST DOESN’T SEEM TO BE QUITE ADEQUATE ENOUGH.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL,
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:37:47 (EDT)
I saw Vassar the first time in 1976 or 77. I was only 17 and sneaked to go to the May Day Festival in New England without parental consent. When I got home from the festival, my dad met me at the front door - furious. I ran to the door and said "Guess who I saw - Vassar Clements!" My dad (who plays banjo by the way) was SOOO jealous. I didn't even get in trouble. I gave him Old and in the Way for his birthday that year! God Bless!
Sharon Varney <>
LaFayette , GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:31:37 (EDT)
You're one of the reasons I started listening to bluegrass so many years ago. You've been a joy and an inspiration. My children will grow up listening to your music and I've no doubt their children will to. God bless you and try not to outshine the other angels with your fiddle!
Sean Ryder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Watkinsville, GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:18:12 (EDT)
Dear Vassar: You have been an inspiration for nigh-on 30 + years. May peace & Godspeed be yours. Thank you so much! DrKeith
DrKeith Crowe <email@example.com>
McDonough, GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:13:00 (EDT)
you are the best fiddle player the world has ever known.
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:03:03 (EDT)
You are a true American treasure. The unique and innovative style you contributed to the fiddling world was a powerful inspiration to myself, and every other fiddler I know. I feel we owe many blessings to the man upstairs for the gifts he provides. You were a huge gift to the world of fiddling, and music.
Tim Higgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cumming, GA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 15:02:40 (EDT)
Vassar...I've listened to, and loved your music since I was a little boy some 40 years ago. Meeting you at Harvest Fest only served to confirm what a wonderful, gracious and talented man you are, and like so many others, I thank you for the joy you and your music have brought to my life. I wish you and your family peace and comfort, now and always. Give Garcia our best, would ya? Much love and respect, J. Pierson
Jeff Pierson <email@example.com>
Sugar Hill, ga USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 14:56:51 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Midge, and George. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I want you to know how much you have touched my life. You have been a true inspiration to my artwork and to me. Your music is incredible and your character is even greater. This guestbook is a testament to that. Your music will live on to keep that positive spirit alive in us all. We are all thinking of you and praying for you. Adam W. Carlos
Adam W. Carlos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sewanee, TN USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 14:55:06 (EDT)
God Bless You, Vassar. You and everything you stood for and contributed to the music world.
Julie Lillard <email@example.com>
Cascade, VA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 14:24:46 (EDT)
I've never met you but your music was and always will be a great joy for myself as well as an incredible inspiration. I've been blessed to play lately with an old friend of yours, Greg Garing, and I know you will be in our deepest thoughts and prayers. God bless you for making this world a better place.
dave staab <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 13:21:30 (EDT)
Prayers and love to you and your family.
Mary Jane Spencer
Mary Jane Spencer <email@example.com>
Newville, PA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 12:02:44 (EDT)
I had the great fortune of sharing the stage with you, Rowan, Grisman, and several others two years ago.
Your playing amazed me, but my lasting memory was the kindness, support, and encouragement I felt from you, on and off stage. My father Bill Keith has shared many wonderful moments with you, and I am proud to have had one too.
Thank you...I will never forget it.
Martin Keith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Woodstock, NY USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 10:27:47 (EDT)
thank you for the music
Jared Pool <email@example.com>
Newport News, VA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 09:41:34 (EDT)
my prayers are with you. may god bless you and keep you.
steve finger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
boone, nc USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 09:18:12 (EDT)
Dear Vassar and Family-Last
night I played along with your version of "Six More
Miles" and I still use the
shoulder rest you gave me
back in 81'on my fiddle.
Vassar every fiddler knows
by your example when you
treat people with Respect
and Love as you have it's
so hard to let go. To your Family- Many Thanks for sharing your Father's talent
with us as he made a huge
impact on us all.
May you go in Peace.
Charlie St Denis
Charlie St Denis <email@example.com>
Tilbury, Ont. Canada - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 08:59:29 (EDT)
HEY CLEM, SPUD AND MULE ARE WAITING FOR YOU. KEEP MAKING THAT MUSIC. REST WELL MY FRIEND.
FAIR HAVEN, NJ USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 07:42:03 (EDT)
George and Midge, thank you so much for your kindness and friendship, and if I can help you in any way, just say the word. Vassar, I hope you're comfortable and thinking back on all the wonderous, glorious times you've had in your life. I don't think I can ever put into words what yours and George's and Midge's friendship has meant to me. You've inspired me since I first met you in Baltimore in 1992, not only with your wonderful music, but with the warmth and love you extend to your fellow human beings in all kinds of weather. You will always be my model for what every musician should strive to become. I've been fortunate enough to have opportunities to play with a few of my heroes in the past few years, but the times I got to play with you will always be foremost in my heart. Thanks to Boyd, John, and the Heavenly Grounds Coffeehouse, there were quite a few of those times, and I'll always be grateful. Rest easy, my friend. For you, the best is yet to come. Godspeed. :-)
Aaron Till <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 07:13:03 (EDT)
I first heard you play a quarter century ago when I was a schoolboy, and I've been a fan ever since. Now my four-year-old son is a huge fan of yours too. At the Rockygrass festival last month, Tim O'Brien asked the audience to send positive thoughts your way. We always will. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Bless you, Vassar.
Jim Schnebly <email@example.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 05:58:19 (EDT)
i remember the first & only time i saw you perform at Hickory fest "music in the mountains" in Wellsboro Pa at Stonyfork campgrounds. It was so neat seeing you play and to esp to be playing with Hickory Project.
Im sorry to hear about your illness, know that the Quakers of Wellsboro Friends Meeting will be holding you in the light.
emma graham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wellsboro, PA USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 01:29:33 (EDT)
May God give you and your family peace. Thanks for all the great music over the years. The first time I heard you was on Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia. The second was with Dickey Betts. After that it was all just pure enjoyment. Once again thanks and God Bless.
joe bilicska <email@example.com>
parlin, NJ USA - Monday, August 15, 2005 at 00:38:01 (EDT)
I'll never forget meeting you, Vassar, at the first Mayville Bluegrass Festival. I just started playing mandolin, and was playing with Tom's Kitchen Band, who opened the festival. I was so nervous to meet you, and said, "Mr. Clements, Sir, would mind if we had a picture together?" You walked right to me and said, "Well, if you don't mind your camera gettin' broke." I have that picture in my music room in my house, and it is something I treasure. You're at the top of the fiddlers' mountain, and will be as long as there're fiddlers (and mandolin pickers if they know what's good for them). You have been and are a blessed man. Your music shows that to the world, and your family shows it to you.
Rest easy, friend. If I don't get a chance to see you here, I'll see you over there.
Kevin Briggs <KevinTBriggs@msn.com>
Lancaster, PA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 23:48:37 (EDT)
Vassar, words can't express the saddness I feel.....at least we all have your music to hear......your fiddle playing will always fill the air......God be with you and your family Vassar...thank you for all you've done...now rest...Big Mon is calling you onstage for a break!!!!
Chris Mack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Johnson City, NY USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 23:08:56 (EDT)
I'm very sorry for what you've had to go through Vassar, you and your family. I pray that you'll no longer be in pain before too long. You've had many great accomplishments in your life and your music means a lot to a lot of folks, thanx for all that you've given to the music.
God Bless you
Spencer Mobley <email@example.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 20:59:29 (EDT)
Vassar, I can't tell you how sad I am to here the news of your illness. I am a fiddle player from Canada and you have been a great inspiration to me for many years. I just recently purchased a copy of your "Fiddle according to Vassar" CD. I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it and how wonderful it was to see you play up close.I intend to learn as much as I can from it and I will keep playing your music as long as I am able. Thanks for the music and the inspiration. Your my hero.
Jimmy Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stevensville, ON Canada - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 20:29:01 (EDT)
Hello Vassar!! Just want to say hello and that we love you here in Atlanta, Ga. I am still praying and listening your music everyday--sending out healing thougths...
God Bless You---'my man:)'
Tamara B <email@example.com>
roswell, ga USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 20:16:59 (EDT)
You are an inspiration to many. May the Lord ease your suffering and give you strength. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for many wonderful memories.
Jeff DeFord <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ocean Beach, CA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 20:02:19 (EDT)
As a fiddler myself I've always loved Vassar's playing. My wife took up banjo upon hearing Old and in the Way with Jerry G and Vassar, it changed her life and because of it led to our meeting. We're sorry to hear of Vassar's illness and hope he enjoys being with his family at the end and passes peacefully.
Howie and Lori Meltzer <email@example.com>
Bellingham, WA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 19:51:28 (EDT)
After years of listening to your music, I had the honor of sharing the festival stage with you on two occasions. I never will forget walking off stage with the rest of the guys to find you warming up. You must have seen our jaws hit the floor, because you paused to shake our hands. That would have been enough for me, but as we spent the better part of the day hanging out between sets, you treated us like peers and freely offered your insight into music. I can’t tell you how inspiring that was or what a mark you left on me that day. About a year later we walked off stage and there you were—even though you had just come in off the road you made it a point to say hello to everyone. Your music has fueled my imagination and made my life better. Thank you.
May you find peace and comfort.
USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 19:49:21 (EDT)
May the lord keep you in His loving arms and give you the comfort you need at this time. You were given a gift and noe that gift will be remembered through out time. May you look toward heaven and see the Son's face and glory in this time.
Robin titus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 18:48:48 (EDT)
This is a long over due note of thanks, appreciation and gratitude for the kindness and friendship you showed my dad, mom, brother, sisters and me when you came to San Francisco in the 1970's to play the, "Great American Music Hall" with my family, "The Caffrey Family" and you stayed at our house. I would especially like to thank you for taking my Mom to the doctor's office a couple of times when she became ill while staying in your area and the rest of the family was on tour. You were not only a musical inspiration to all of us but a true genuine friend and for that I want to Thank you so much. Love, Joanne Caffrey. Tom Caffrey (Dad), Mary Caffrey (Mom), Patty Caffrey (sister),
Jimmy Caffrey (brother) and Brenda Caffrey (sister).
Joanne Caffrey <JPartone@aol.com>
Fresno, CA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 17:59:20 (EDT)
How can one describe what an influence you have been on all of us who are musicians and drew inspiritaion from you? As a boy of 16 I first heard your playing on Hartford's Areoplane and it changed my life forever sending me down the road to a future loving acoustic music. We all love you and you are in our spirits and hearts forever. Bless you and may you find peace in knowing that your influence will never fade in the hearts and memories of all of us who have come to love you.
Stephen Copel <email@example.com>
Attleboro, MA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 17:49:03 (EDT)
Just want you to know I am thinking of you and sending my love and prayers to you and your family.
Joanne Caffrey <JPartone@aol.com>
Fresno, CA USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 17:28:21 (EDT)
Your kindness to perform a benefit concert at Middlebury College in Vermont with Mike Gordon back in 2000 was indicitive of the kind soul you are and the music and experience in that on-campus chapel is one that I will never forget. May you have peace of heart at this time.
Brian Schrader <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 15:39:13 (EDT)
We all love you
Steve Grisafi <email@example.com>
Stevens, Pa USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 14:36:52 (EDT)
Vassar may God hold you in his arms forever.Just an old Fl friend from many,many years ago, God bless John
John Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Titusville, Fl USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 14:05:42 (EDT)
From Fast Company in Hickory,to Green Acres,to Acoustic Stage, to Merle Fest, Harvest Fest ,Floyd Fest thanks for sharing the music and coffee. You always told me the best music was made with your friends and I know a lot of your friends are waiting on you to join them. Thank You and God Bless. Mike Satterwhite
mike satterwhite <email@example.com>
morganton, nc USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 10:41:53 (EDT)
Along with so many others touched by you I must express myself in some way at this moment in gratitude for your art, your sharing of precious unique genius musical elements, and the kindness shown in your interest in others. I first knew you from the Grand Old Opry broadcasts and then, the many recordings. Mostly, I cherish the weekend at Mississippi State U. when you were opening for Jerry Jeff Walker. I walked by your Hotel room with my viola and baggage and you tapped on the window and said come in. That afternoon, evening, and next morning of picking, laughing, lamenting about where the music was going is etched in my memory as a treasure. As a fiddler who stole so many of your licks,
taught them to my students, bragged that I actually had met you, and still play "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" regularly, I thank you and I know I will hear you again either here or on the other side of the river. I am thinking of you-Mickey Davis
Mickey Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
El Dorado, AR USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 10:14:25 (EDT)
My name is Ally White. I'm the blond haired singer you sometimes backed at Long Hollow Jamboree--my friend is Eileen. When I found out you were in the band those few times I got up to sing, I was almost unable to perform for I was so spellbound by your talent. Then I found out what a kind, gentleman you are and it helped ease my nerves. You are still held in the highest esteem in Ohio County Kentucky where I cut my teeth on Bluegrass. My heart is still at the old barn in Rosine on Friday nights. Wish we could have gone there together and played one time for the people in Ohio County. For now, my prayers for peace and comfort along with a heavenly joy are with you.
Ally White and Reynolds Station Band
Ally White <AWRSBAND@aol.com>
White House, TN USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 09:10:47 (EDT)
I am deeply saddened to hear of the downturn in Vassar's health- he has been a true inspiration from the days of "Will the Circle be Unbroken". I will never hope to be the musician that he is, or the splendid soul which poured out through his music so effortlessly- but I will wish you Godspeed on your journey, Vassar- and rest assured, the circle will remain unbroken! Smile upon us from time to time, if you'd be so kind.
Ron VanDuzer <RipVanD@yahoo.com>
kerhonkson, NY USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 05:34:30 (EDT)
If you are able, here is the poem:
The Indian saw the butterfly
rise out of the cocoon.
That was enough for him.
The butterfly had wings, freedom.
The Indian saw flowers in spring
push up out of the ground.
He saw the rain and the thunder.
They were enough for him.
He saw the sun.
But he didn't worship the sun.
For him the sun was a sign, a symbol.
He bowed in prayer to what was behind the sun.
He made songs and dances to the makers and movers of the sun. (Sandburg)
Just like you, he makes sense
among senselessness. We will be watching for you behind the sun! Easy goes the song, and long remembered.
Love always, XO, Farley
USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 02:06:30 (EDT)
Thank you for bringing out the fiddler in all of us!
Mike Lambert <email@example.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 01:25:52 (EDT)
dearest family, i was deeply saddened to hear of Vassar's cancer matastisizing.Vassar , you have been an inspiration to me not only through your music but through the connection to it has to your spiritual center. At this time it is important that you feel this connection & are aware of the influence that it has had over the years on your many admirers. My path both musically & spiritually has been profoundly influenced by yours. I am certain that i am not the only one who feels this way. I have realized that music is a way of uniting the musician, the listener & the great spirit that permeates us all. Be at peace at this time of transition & may you always feel the loving embrace of all those whose lives you've touched. All my best wishes to the family, love dave
dave rosenblatt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
delray, florida USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 01:18:52 (EDT)
May God bless you and comfort you, and may His peace be with you.
Dennis Rice <email@example.com>
Altavista, VA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 21:30:12 (EDT)
Vassar you are touched by the hand of God and the rest of us are mere mortals in your presence. I wish you peace and an end to all suffering. I'm praying for you. Godspeed.
Richard Roadman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
beaverton, oR USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 21:12:00 (EDT)
I'm praying for a miracle
for you, Vassar. You have
had a profound influence on
many musical lives. Rest and
heal. We need you!
Alan Oresky <email@example.com>
Laurel, MD USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 20:40:49 (EDT)
God bless, and thank you for everything
T. J. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Washington, DC USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 20:16:48 (EDT)
Vasser, I first saw you at Merlefest when I was a mere 23 and I was hooked forever. You were blessed with a gift and we are blessed you shared it with us all. You have my deepest respect for all you did on and off stage. May your hospice experience be a positive one and your transition be peaceful and painless. Thank you for all the wonderful times and music and for setting such a fantasic example for generations of musicians and listeners alike. You will be greatly missed.
Leigh Whitley <email@example.com>
Clearwater, FL USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 19:09:50 (EDT)
to my shame, I just discovered the music of Vassar Clements after purchasing 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken', and had to find out more about this wonderful fiddler. What sad and shocking news this is. Wishing you peace from one of your new fans...
Keith Birnie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oxford, UK - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 18:36:25 (EDT)
I wish you peace and an end to your suffering. You are the greatest and I will miss you, your music and the many lives you have touched.
John Deas <email@example.com>
Gainesville, GA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 18:09:02 (EDT)
Vassar your life and music are just spectacular. I am just ordinary.
Austin, TX USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 17:58:45 (EDT)
I am Ross' mom and have been priviledged to meet Vassar and enjoy his wonderful humor. I pray for a musical entrance into his next life.
Ginger Sermons <>
Hickory, NC USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 17:36:36 (EDT)
I would like to tell you how much I appreciate what you have done for Bluegrass music. You are one of the first fiddle players I heard and you encouraged me to keep practicing my fiddle. I will never forget you :) God Bless You.
Fayetteville, NC USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 15:37:24 (EDT)
thanks for everything
USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 15:24:25 (EDT)
We Love You Vassar!
Rick and Kim Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, TN USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 15:24:02 (EDT)
I agree with everything Reggie said! Love you Vassar.
Rich and Kim Campbell <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 15:22:22 (EDT)
Midge and George, please let Vassar know I have had him in my heart and prayers. He has meant so much to me as a friend and a musical inspiration. I want to thank him for all he has given me and the wonderful music we shared. Please let him know I love him very much. It is so hard not to call, but I respect your wishes, Vassar has touched so many, it would never stop ringing around there. If there is anything I can do, Love Reggie.
Reggie Harris <email@example.com>
Lenoir, NC USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 12:01:22 (EDT)
Dick Freeland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asbury, WV USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 11:13:13 (EDT)
I was saddened by the news but after the initial shock I turned on Sugar in the Gourd and tapped my foot and thought about the first time I heard you play Vasser. What a treat. You were playing on a album with Dickey Betts and some other string cats. Memory fails me in the names but the feeling I got has lvied with me for thirty years. In times like these I'm reminded of the words from Jackson Browne's Before the Deluge," Now let the music keep are spirts high. And let the buildings keep our chilren dry, Let creation reveal its secrets by and by, by and by,
When the light that's lost within reaches the sky. Happy Trails, Sodbuster
Watsonville, Ca USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 11:00:03 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar. You are truly the best. See you on the radio.
Eric Rice KVMR-FM <email@example.com>
Grass Valley, CA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 09:59:38 (EDT)
All those times of making your special coffee between sets at shows; Dec. 17th Fly's Tie, Irish Pub, memorable forever. Always felt that special love chattin with ya. Love the story about you and Peter Rowan and your matching sports coats from Italy. Talking about simple love, and the love that we get from the music. Thank you Vassar for sharing so much of your love. You are precious, and always in my heart. You have a way of alway making me feel special. I love you so much, Vassar.
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 05:07:53 (EDT)
In the early 80's, a band I was in opened for yours at a show at Notre Dame University. I was very young and inexperienced in music, and planted myself in front of you to ask about some mistake I thought I had heard on the Highway Call album. I don't remember what you said exactly, but I do remember that you couldn't have been more gracious and careful not to hurt my feelings about the stupid question I had asked. I've always loved your playing, but isn't it funny that it's your act of kindness that has stuck with me all these years. You taught me a great lesson in civility (and I've stolen a lick or two from you over the years as well!!). Thanks You. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
bassist w/Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun
Claude Arthur <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 02:19:08 (EDT)
I often remember my young (green)flatpick guitar days...the first time I listened to you and Doc (Watson) together...the best of the best! ps. Now i'm in my 50's,finally got my first fiddle. Life is good...THANK YOU, Mr. Clements.
william nelsen <email@example.com>
san diego, CA USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 01:51:52 (EDT)
To Vassar, THANK YOU... THANK YOU.. THANK YOU... SO VERY,VERY MUCH. Thank you for your visits to the Pacific Northwest. Thank you for 'THE LITTLE BIG BAND' at 'THE TRACTOR TAVERN'. Thank you for your show with 'NORTHERN LIGHTS' in Seattle at 'BUMBERSHOOT'. Thank you for 'OLD AND IN THE GREY' at both 'WINTERGRASS' in Tacoma and 'THE NORTHWEST STRINGSUMMIT' outside Portland [up pumkin road]. Your visits brought more than just music. To your family.. I hope sharing Vasser with all his fans wasn't to much of a burden on you. We love him. Thank you all.
Larry Larson <>
Ballard, Wa USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 00:54:11 (EDT)
Great site!! Just surfed on in and stopped for longer. Think to put it in my bookmarks.;)
USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 22:13:53 (EDT)
FACT: It's over when the Lord says it's over, and not until then. Vassar you have placed your total trust in Him and I'm glad you're ready to accept whatever He wants for you. He knows best! We love you buddy!!!
Rick and Kim Campbell <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 22:02:00 (EDT)
lome, lome togo - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 19:57:18 (EDT)
Thanks Vassar filling the air with your fiddle.
God Bless you and your family. Peace
Dan DiRocco <firstname.lastname@example.org>
clifton, nj USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 18:56:39 (EDT)
Those of us who are lucky enough to know and love Vassar are saddened by this news. I still hope there is some way this can turn around for him. You can tell him that Randy Wood and I talk a lot about the great DVD projects we did with Vassar, Tony Rice and Scott Vestal, etc., and that they WILL be released. I was fortunate enough to get hours of great and fun backstage and rehearsal footage, and Vassar saw some of it and loved it. The amazing thing in watching this footage is to see the undiminished love and pursuit of music that Vassar has never lost, and the incredible emotion and technique and experimentation. When he picks up his fiddle, he's not playing around, and there's no one like him. Thank you Vassar for your friendship and kindness, and I wish you peace.
To the family and to Carroll, who is just as nice as Vassar, my thoughts are with you. Love, Don Coyer
Don Coyer <email@example.com>
Savannah, Ga. USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 17:29:46 (EDT)
You have given me much pleasure over the years. May the Lord bless and keep you!
Don Rosenow <>
USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 17:15:17 (EDT)
Just Read the news.
Just wanted to say that Vassar Clements is the best fiddler I've ever heard and I am deeply saddened and hope the best for him as he starts his next journey.
Tim Husen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lincoln, NE USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 16:50:56 (EDT)
Vassar's music was and will always be an inspiration to me!
Thanks !! God bless!!
Doug Cox <>
Hunter, NY USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 15:46:02 (EDT)
May you travel peacefully and gracefully on your continued journey Vassar~
Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are sent from our family to yours!
we love you~
B Herring <email@example.com>
Vilas, NC USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 15:07:53 (EDT)
You will live on forever through the beautiful music that you have given to all of us. May you and your family find comfort and peace in the love that surrounds you.
Nancy Zuniga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Squaw Valley, CA USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 14:39:57 (EDT)
What can I say except that there is a HUGE space in my heart for you and your presence in my life. I savored having a weekend with you last year when you came down to Eddie's Attic and played w/ Two High String Band. That was a tremendous night with some wonderful energy and a great weekend of spending time with you. My experiences with you at HarvestFest have been a very special part of my life, and I can't say enough about the love that I and many others around the world feel for you. You were always so thoughtful to ask about my mother when she was battling cancer, and I can't thank you enough for that. I know that my family has treasured the moments of being with you as well. As Col. Bruce said at HarvestFest, you are the "King of Kings" my friend! I sure do love you and hope that this next transition is as smooth and painless as is possible. Midge and George, y'all hang in there, and be sure you're taking care of yourselves as well! That's important now.
peace love & cheers,
thomas aka T-Dawg
Thomas Helland <>
Clarkston, GA USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 14:25:01 (EDT)
Vassar, I want to acknowledge how dedicated and selfless you've been to helping younger musicians along in their musical paths. From Honeybuckit in Eugene, Oregon to the Biscuit Burners in Asheville, North Carolina, I've always admired how you've taken younger pickers in under your wing. It means so much.
Get ready for a fun O&ITW reunion with Jerry and John!
Martin Anderson <email@example.com>
Spindale, NC USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 13:54:13 (EDT)
Vassar, you are loved and admired all around the globe! You are truly THE MAN on the fiddle! My prayers are with you and your family. May God hold you in His hand.
Betty Westmoreland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Collierville, TN USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 13:50:00 (EDT)
So sad and shocking to hear of Vassar's health situation.
Vassar has always been my favorite fiddler. He inspired me to take up fiddle 28 years ago. God Bless Vassar.
George Laing <email@example.com>
Ottawa, Ont. Canada - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 13:10:42 (EDT)
Thank you for all your wonderful music and the presence that you bring to Smilefest and it's family. Wishing you well in your future ventures....wherever they may lead you.
Rhoni Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asheville, NC USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 12:43:17 (EDT)
From the Bill Keith family:
You are in our thoughts every day, knowing that you are exploring this most important passage in your life with the quiet grace that is your mark at all times. You are here still and now, and we love you. Bill's longstanding joy and pride in playing with you over the years was also crowned unexpectedly two years ago when our son Martin had the opportunity to join you and Peter Rowan as a bass player at a regional festival. The photo stands on our piano, showing Vassar's smile and kind attention to the unknown young bassist behind him, on his first big time gig. He cherishes it like no other.
Thank you, warmest wishes, and Godspeed in the days and times ahead.
Bill, Claire, Charles and Martin Keith.
claire Keith <email@example.com>
Woodstock, NY USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 12:32:40 (EDT)
Thank You Vassar for adding so much joy to our lives with your music. We wish you and your family the very best.
Paul Schroeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Austin, TX USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 12:23:32 (EDT)
The first time I saw you was at Suawnee. My heart lifted and the smile just spread across my face. Thank you for all of the joy you have shared with your music. God Bless
Lake Worth, FL USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 12:21:23 (EDT)
Best wishes for a peaceful journey Vassar. You have provided us with the pleasure of many a musical journey of which you will always be remembered. As you venture on please know that you have made a very deep impact on all of us.
Dave and I would like to thank you.
May your soul sail free and may you know that you will always be loved.
Dave and Teresa Walter
Dave & Teresa Walter <DnTW@comcast.net>
Arvada, CO USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 10:35:35 (EDT)
Just wanted to send my prayers and good thoughts to you Vassar, and to Midge and EVERYONE. The times you came to our home and played music are precious, treasured memories filled with joy beyond expression. ( Midge, if you are reading this, my wife, EMY, and I are from Ohio, and about 10 or 12 years ago, we met Vassar at a festival and he was asking directions to the Columbus, Oh airport. Well, my wife invited him to just stay with us and we would then take him back to the airport the next day. I about FLIPPED when he accepted, because I had admired his wonderful music since I was 15 years old, and here he was going to stay at my house! Well, subsequently, he ended up coming back a few years later and stayed with his whole band at our house, allowed me to jam with them in my small studio and even record it, and then even allowed me to go on stage with him and the band for 2 numbers during our local festival! You ( and he ) can NEVER know what those musical moments mean to me...I have played alot of music in my lifetime, but those moments of trading off licks with the GREAT Vassar Clements are by far THE highlight of them all. He also was gracious enough to record a fiddle solo on one of my original songs. We even came down and visited your parents one time at their home. As I once told him, my admiration of his musical gift - as AMAZING as IT is - was soon overshadowed by my admiration and respect for him as a PERSON. Being able to share in the joy of making music with him was INCREDIBLE, but even more inspirational was his graciousness. Vassar showed so much respect to every single person, was so non-judgemental, so humble, and so appreciative... he has no idea that he TAUGHT me alot about just being a good human being, just by how he was toward others. I have an old fiddle that my grandmother gace to me when I was a teenager, and he was gracious enough to sign it for me. I will always treasure that fiddle, the recordings we made, and most especially, just the moments I spent with such a musical -and human- GIANT. He is a very special man. Please know that Emy and I and our entire family are sending prayers and warm thoughts to you, your father, and your entire family, and even to all those other folks-all over the planet-who's lives have been touched, like ours was, by not only his brilliant music, but his gentle, humble spirit.
Thanks for listening, sincerely, Bill Carpenter.
Bill Carpenter <email@example.com>
USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 10:27:20 (EDT)
thank you for so much inspiration through your music.god bless
USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 10:08:24 (EDT)
MIDGE, MY GUESTBOOK MESSAGE ON 9TH. AUG. HAD AN ERROR AT END OF LINE 5. THE WORD "WITH"
WAS MEANT TO BE "WITHOUT BOTH OF YOU". I THINK YOU'ALL WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT ANYWAY.
MIDGE, PLEASE TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR ON HEALTH. WE DONT WANT TO LOOSE YOU TOO. YOU GOT TO GET SOME REST SOME WAY OR OTHER. DO THIS FOR GEORGE. YOU OWE IT TO HIM. HE'S A GOOD MAN. THANKS, DALLAS.
dallas burell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
decatur, ga. USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 09:08:15 (EDT)
God bless. Thanks for all the great music. You will live on forever in our hearts.
st.augustine, fl USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 08:55:46 (EDT)
Devastated by the news. I consider the times I got to play with you highlights of my life. For this, and all the wonderful music you've made over the years, I thank you from the depths of my heart. I'll never forget that moment when you called me "King of the Washboard"...you have been a truly inspiring man and musician. For that, and for all the incredible music you've made over the years, my heartfelt thanks. You have been a great inspiration to me and to millions of others around the world. Hope you continue inspiring with your music in the next level, say HI to Jerry for me!
With great love & admiration
Wildman Steve <email@example.com>
Auburn, AL USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 07:40:33 (EDT)
I am so surprised to hear you were in the hostpital. I remember when you were in Japan with The NGDB and your own band. I had lots of great memory of your great preformance with your fiddle. Thank you very much for your great impression you gave me. Hope you are in peace and calm. God bless you.
Ryoji Sakamoto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tokyo, Japan - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 07:19:58 (EDT)
It has given me great joy to hear your beautiful playing over the years, especially at Strawberry. Thank you for sharing your huge gift with the world. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Ginny Gelczis <email@example.com>
Sunnyvale, CA USA - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 00:25:46 (EDT)
I love Your Fiddle Play.
I heared your play First Time was about 20years ago,at 'Station Inn'.
I hope hear your fiddle play Again!
I hope!! again
Kazuo Takahashi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Japan - Friday, August 12, 2005 at 00:18:45 (EDT)
I have a friend named Tony Micheal through whom I met you in Edmonton in 1983. You were very gracious and I have never forgotten your manner when we met. I am so very concerned to here about your condition. You and your original gift has enrichted my life. Thank you Mr. Clements. I am certain God has a picture of you on His fridge.
matt reimer <>
winnipeg, canada - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 23:56:38 (EDT)
I have a friend named Tony Micheals through whom I met you in Edmonton in 1983. You were very gracious and I have never forgotten your manner when we met. I am so very concerned to here about your condition. You and your original gift has enrichted my life. Thank you Mr. Clements. I am certain God has a picture of you on His fridge.
matt reimer <>
winnipeg, canada - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 23:42:13 (EDT)
I have been following the news about your illness, and with this latest report I wanted to write, just to say that Judith's and my thoughts are with you. As you know, you had the deepest and most profound influence on me when I was first getting serious about the fiddle. Without your encouragement and your example I am certain I would not have followed the path I have taken. Having the opportunity to play with you has been one of the most enjoyable and exciting experiences of my long musical journey, and it has been a great pleasure to know you for all these years.
With love and appreciation,
Tom Rigney <email@example.com>
Berkeley, CA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 22:42:03 (EDT)
THANKS SO MUCH Vassar for being on this earth with us for a while. Have a Peaceful journey on your way... God bless your family and friends left behind. Jeff
Jeff Kaz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lyons, CO USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 22:30:54 (EDT)
I would like to listen your great fiddle music anytime.
Please, play for us again.
Masuo Sasabe <email@example.com>
Yokohama, Japan - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 22:07:24 (EDT)
good luck in your most recent endeavor. I have seen and helped many pass over the transition zone and urge you to go quietly and peacefully to you new home.
you will be remembered for a very long time through your music and greatness which is more than most of us can ever hope for.
pat jean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
bushnell, fl USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 22:05:19 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you at this time.
Steve Creed <email@example.com>
Aberdeen, NC USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 21:46:29 (EDT)
Thank you for blessing us with your music - I'll never forget seeing you up in Silverton. God bless you on your journey.
Brian Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pueblo, CO USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 21:13:40 (EDT)
I am truly sorry to hear of your recent troubles. May God bless and keep you and your family, and may his will be done. My family and I will be praying for you all.
P.S. Your site is amazingly beautiful!
Tonya Byham <email@example.com>
Cochranton, PA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 20:11:40 (EDT)
I am truly sorry to hear of your recent troubles. May God bless and keep you and your family, and may his will be done. My family and I will be praying for you all.
Tonya Byham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cochranton, PA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 20:10:02 (EDT)
Dear Vassar: As a fairly new fiddler, I now fully appreciate and love how you made your fiddle a flowing voice, one that will live on in all who know your music. With gratitude and love, I thank you for your gift. Love, Grace
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 17:01:37 (EDT)
Thank you, Vassar. Your music has always made my world a happier place. In fact, you're playing as I write this (John Hartford's "Aero Plain"). You are truly one of a kind, brother.
Merciful Lee Dickens <email@example.com>
Kent, WA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 16:07:33 (EDT)
My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Clements. May I say that alongside Doc Watson and John Hartford you are truly my musical heroe. Some time ago we wanted to get you to play our Performing Arts Center in Cambridge- Doc and John have played here. Well it isn't going to happen but that's ok. As a rank amateur player I think of you everytime I tune up the fiddle! Thanks for all your fine work and take care.
r c Keen
Randy Keen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cambridge, MN USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 16:00:58 (EDT)
Thank you and God Bless to you and your family. I hope and pray the following days are filled with joy and family and not pain. You have inspired so many not only with your music but with your kindness, warm heart and that sheepish grin. The Ultimate Fiddler, The Ultimate Man....Thank You
All of our love to you!
-adam and family
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams..........William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
dayton, oh USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 16:00:20 (EDT)
Thank you for leaving me with memories that will last a lifetime. When i think about the times i saw you and what good times they were it lifts my spirits now matter how bad a day i'm having. My mother was legally blind and in very bad health, also due to cancer, but the last time she was able to go out was to see you at the birchmere with the Bluegrass Album Band. My mother was close to the stage but still couldn't make out what the guys looked like. When you kicked off the song "someone took my place with you" i'll never forget the smile that came across her face. She looked at my dad and said "now i like that". My father was an old time fiddler and couldn't quite play standard bluegrass stuff but he loved it. Vassar you were my dad's favorite and i spent hours with him in his later years just sitting and listening to you or watching you on the tapes we have. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I love you!
Tresa Brown <email@example.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 15:58:19 (EDT)
dear vassar, I hope you remember me. I remember first meeting you when I was 15 and you were playing with Jimmy Martin (1965). You were an inspiration and legend to me then and you still are! I fondly remember touring and recording with you over the years. I still use to this day so many of the things I learned playing with you. My prayers are with you for a complete recovery. I arranged to have prayers said for you at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. My fondest regards, Andy
andy statman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
brooklyn, ny USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 15:31:21 (EDT)
May God be with you and your family and give you comfort and strength in this difficult. I lost my father to a lengthy illness in December and many times, Vassar's music has brought me joy and comfort.
Mike Keltner <email@example.com>
Medicine Lodge, Ks. USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 14:40:29 (EDT)
I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Clement's worsening condition. My prayer now is for God's will be done and that he may find peace and comfort. I wish that he would know the joy and inspiration he has given to music lovers for all these years and for the future that he will be held up as the formost positive influence to violinists and fiddlers everywhere. I came to love the fiddle from listening to him and decided to begin fiddling at the age of 52 after playing guitar most of my life. I'm sure I will never approach his abilities but I will become better from observing the highest benchmark possible. God bless Mr. Vassar Clements and his family in their time of pain and sorrow.
Daniel Nance <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lenoir City, Tn USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 14:23:53 (EDT)
thank you vassar
mark burns <email@example.com>
gray, me USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 14:15:16 (EDT)
Me and my husband had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Clements during last years Podunk Bluegrass Festival, what a gentleman he is...24 years ago I had to deal with the devastation of having my Father suffer from terminal cancer. Thank God he did not suffer long. My heart and soul go out to all of Mr. Clements family and I hope that the future brings you peace. Remember that there are a lot of us praying for you.
Anelena Poulin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Southbridge, MA USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 12:29:47 (EDT)
God bless the master of the fiddle and give him the strength to fulfill those commitments he may have remaining with you and his loved ones. We love you Vassar and hope to share in your beautiful music together again down the road. Peace be with you and your family.
Bill Fawcett <email@example.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 12:03:28 (EDT)
I had just recently of your illness, I'm so sorry I haven't contacted you before this. I hope you're comfortable and not in pain. I hope also you realize how many countless musicians you've influenced, including me, but beyond that how many lives you've touched with your generous personslity, warmth, and humor. I'm proud to have known you, proud to have had the opportunity to play with you. Thank you for being my friend. I treasure the memories of times I spent with you. I'll miss you,
love and peace, Mike Dowling
Mike Dowling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dubois, WY USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 11:36:44 (EDT)
May you be at peace. Our prayers are with you.
Rev green dave <email@example.com>
glens falls, ny USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 11:04:06 (EDT)
play fiddle play all day long i hear ya swingin at me
cosmic commander <firstname.lastname@example.org>
philly, pa USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:48:11 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar Clements, your fiddle solo in midnight moonlinght is one of the few pieces of music that can bring me to tears because of its shear beauty
Kyle Lavin <email@example.com>
Pinedale, WY USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:18:37 (EDT)
Vassar, Midge and Family,
I have continued to keep you all in my prayers for strength and comfort.
Vassar, while we have only crossed paths a couple of times in our life, you showed this fiddler a tremendous amount of support and encouragement.
While I could only aspire to reach for the stars you placed in the sky, your artistry is a constant inspiration.
My God bless and keep you.
"Officer Randy Goode"
TV's In the Heat of the Night
Former Bluegrass Boy and Virginia Boy
Randall Franks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tunnel Hill, Ga USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 10:08:49 (EDT)
Vassar I just want to thank you for such great music. your the greatest Fiddle player ever in Bluegrass Jazz any style you are the best. Your my inspiration to play fiddle. And thank you so much for taking time in 2002 and giving me and my cousin the chance to meet you backstage at one of your
shows in Lexington. It was the highlight of my year you really were wonderful human being. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS and your family. I hope to see you again someday in heaven.
Lexington, Ky USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 09:41:13 (EDT)
May god bless you and keep you in his hand.
Rev. Larry Johnson <email@example.com>
Bee Spring, KY USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 09:14:05 (EDT)
I bought the album "Will the Circle be Unbroken" back in high school and have been a big fan ever since. I loved hearing you play at the Florida Folk Festival two summers ago. You are my favorite fiddle player.
May God bless you Vassar.
I will miss you Sir.
Ty Chalmers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mims, Fl USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 08:40:51 (EDT)
God bless you Vassar. Thanks for the music and inspiration.
West Hempstead, NY USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 01:59:41 (EDT)
God-speed. I have loved your music for 30 years , give or take.
Wadesboro, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:36:48 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, family and friends- bless you all, and thanks for all the great music.
Bill Nail <email@example.com>
West Haven, CT USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:20:28 (EDT)
thanx for all the great memories...the music that soothed my soul...i wish you peace in your heart and soul... and freedom from pain...i know jerry will be happy to see ya...tell him i miss him...i'll see ya both again someday... xoxoxoxox
castaic, ca USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:20:13 (EDT)
Vassar, Thank you for the gift of your music and may God bless you, your family and those close to you during these challenging days. Fear not.
John Killian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
West Hartford, Ct USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 23:04:52 (EDT)
Vassar, I remember growing up reading about you and listening to your fiddle on recordings. I remember one photo of you in a book in particular. You had a short sleeved turtleneck sweater thing on, pipe in mouth, fiddle under chin, pompodore in full glory. I thought "that guy has to be cool"! You are the very definition. A gentlemans gentleman.
I never dreamed back then one day I'd talk over espresso with you, much less share the stage. I will always cherish my much too short time as your friend. Singing the Muleskinner over one mic at The Heavenly Grounds Coffeehouse with you standing right beside me grinning will be with me in my heart forever. I still remember what you told me after our first encounter picking together. "Let's get something started up and work on it!" I said it'd be an honor, but I'm not that good. You said, "You have a good chop, you sing high and play tasty! That's all you need." That made my year!
When you get there, be sure they're making the coffee right!
Love, John Tomlin
John Tomlin (Kojack) <email@example.com>
Nashville, Tn USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 22:54:39 (EDT)
Love and prayers for Vassar and your family. As I taught a Sunday lesson last week on life after death, II Cor. 4:17 reveals that our present sufferings are preparing us for something so amazing, so incomparable..."an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison." No trial, no pain, no weakness, no failure is without great significance. All is meant to accomplish God's work in our life...building for us that weight of glory. So rest peacefully, Vassar, for your glory will surely be amazing!
With our love and thanks for many, many, exquisite, spirit filled musical moments. We will never forget CooCoo's Nest on Sunday mornings.
Amanda Mosier Bauknight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Easley, SC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 22:41:46 (EDT)
Everybody's already said it and most everybody carries the same message: one of total love, to match your own great spirit. I must respect your decision even though a good friend of mine successfully went through with the treatments for brain cancer. The unconditional friendship and encouragement you gave me and everyone whose life has been touched by yours, and of course your inspirational music, will never be forgotten, eternally. Love and peace to you,
Sandy Rothman <email@example.com>
Berkeley, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 22:28:09 (EDT)
Have been a closet fan since the Circle project on vinyl, and the Old & In The Way LP. I've been watching the Circle DVD alot recently, I'm both ashamed and sad that I never saw you perform. God Bless You and Your Family and Friends.
Jim Mills <>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 22:24:10 (EDT)
Say hi to Jerry for me when you see him. Have a peaceful passing.
Jim Henry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Metamora, Mi USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 21:59:46 (EDT)
Vassar Clements is my fiddle hero. I send prayers and good thoughts to him and to his family at this difficult time.
San Jose,, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 21:02:44 (EDT)
THANKS FOR THE MUSIC I LOVE BEST I WILL PREY FOR YOU
W W <HAMBONE50@WEBTV.NET>
LUDLOW , MA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 20:37:42 (EDT)
May God Bless and help you through this difficult time.
Hudson, MA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 20:13:33 (EDT)
Am sending you as many prayers and good thoughts as I can. Here's wishing you peace.
Peter Feldmann <>
Los Olivos, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 20:13:11 (EDT)
I cannot find the words to express what I am feeling now. I know I should thank you for all the friendship, care and mentoring you have given me over all the years I have known you. From the time when I was a little boy who rode his bicycle to BeanBlossom to hear you play with Bill (yes, I have been listening to you for more than 40 years).. to being a young man and standing next to you for hours and hours while you jammed late into the night at many many festivals....to calling you up and asking for your advice and help in learning how to be a promotor of concerts and festivals...to the time at Strawberry Music when you handed me your fiddle so I could measure it and take photographs of it for the company I am starting (making musical instrument cases).... to the time I needed your help getting together a reunion of the "Old & In The Way" gang (less Jerry of course) to play at one of my festivals...to simply sitting and talking with you.... to my continued delight at the Hillbilly Jazz album you recorded all those years ago (still one of my top 10 favorite all time records)...to the tolerance and wisdom you showed around musicians of all kinds.. to people of all races and persuasions... You were a great friend and mentor to me. While we were not close friends, you were always available to me for advice, a chat, or just a coffee. Your music has been a soundtrack that has run through my entire life. While I love your music and will be listening to you for many many years to come; I think the thing I treasure the most is your gentle way and the wisdom you were able to share with me along the way. Riding in a van with you at a festival.. being in a hotel room while you and the band practiced... having a breakfast early in the morning before another day at a festival began..... I am inspired and motivated by your example. It is truely one of the greatest pleasures of my life to know you and to be able to call you friend. I think the last time I saw you in person was at Telluride a few years ago.. I was your guest at the festival.. One of my proudest moments.. being able to say I was your guest. I treasure the time we had in the drive to the airport and the long chat we had.
Well.. I still don't think I have found the words... so I will just say this: God, get the barn ready... Vassar is coming to the heavenly band... and there is going to be a big dance and every one is coming! God Bless you Vassar. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I know you are making the best decision and I know Millie is waiting for you to join her. We will miss you!
John Aengus <email@example.com>
Los Gatos, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:56:03 (EDT)
Keep up the good fight, Vassar. Your are an inspiration and truely creative artist who has a niche for leaving no boundaries left uncrossed. Take care and vio con dios.
patrick stimson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
boulder, co USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:40:26 (EDT)
You and your family our in my prayers.
God Bless You.
USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:39:30 (EDT)
I was deeply saddened to learn that the situation has become grave. I wish you well on your journey. Thank you so much for the wonderful music. Seeing you play Lonesome Fiddle Blues with Larry Keel and meeting you soon after was a great moment for me. You've spread joy far and wide and will continue to far into the future.
Dave Harryman <>
Burlington, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:31:39 (EDT)
Your talent has brought so many of us in this world great joy. You are truely one-of-a-kind! The best!
randal myler <>
USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:19:47 (EDT)
I was so sad to hear that Vassar is reaching the end of his remarkable life. It is comforting to know that he is surrounded by family and I hope that his passing is peaceful. His is a legacy that will never be forgotten. Thank you, Vassar for everything you've given me over the years. Even though we've never met, your music has always been a source of pleasure. You will be sorely missed.
Joe Jackson <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 18:09:29 (EDT)
peace be with you!!!
love and prayers to you and your family
st charles, mo USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:57:23 (EDT)
May God bless you Vassar. Thanks for your sweet fiddling. My prayers are with you and your family.
Sweden - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:38:43 (EDT)
PaPA we are praying for you.
Just hang in there, God can work miracles. Midge you hang in there I know it is tough, but so are you. Have faith and put it in Gods hand. George thanks for the call. Hope to see all of you soon
Paul and Denise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bartlett, TN USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:31:04 (EDT)
Music makes the bad times better and the good times better. So you have made a whole lot of folks happy and will continue to do so thanks to your wonderful music. Love, Michael Sheehan
Michael Sheehan <email@example.com>
Birmingham, Al. USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:30:17 (EDT)
Vince Gill sang it the best.
Go rest high on that mountain. Son your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a shoutin. Love for the Father and the Son. Vassar our conversation on the phone last year let me know that you were ready to meet your Lord one day. What a testimony you shared with me and a blessing it was for me to hear. You deserve the glory and splendor that awaits you. You have given us such joy over the years with your talent. Now you'll receive your true rewards. God Bless you my brother. We'll talk again one day.
woodstock, Ga. USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 17:27:09 (EDT)
I am an idiot! I'm SO sorry what I meant to say was the LP "Old and in the Way". I guess I had fiddlers on my mind. Sorry.
Mark Thacker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kitty Hawk, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:50:58 (EDT)
I'm listening to your music nearly every day for many years.
I wish you to get better.
Mark Steiger <MarkSteiger@aol.com>
Cannes, France France - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:46:34 (EDT)
God Bless you and yours Vassar. Your music has brightened my life. I remember the first LP that I had the pleasure of owning that featured you. It was "Pickin and Fiddlin" With the Dillards...so as you can see I have been a fan for quite a while. Again, God bless you, you are in my prayers every day.
Mark Thacker <email@example.com>
Kitty Hawk, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:41:19 (EDT)
May the next part of your journey be as sweet as the music you made....
Tom Gilbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:11:42 (EDT)
Peace be with you Vassar. May God bless you and your family. Our prayers are with you.
Carlton Brown <email@example.com>
Clayton, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:02:35 (EDT)
May God bless and keep you Mr. Clements.
West Virginia music fan <>
USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:53:11 (EDT)
I saw Vassar play the first time in 2002 in Atlanta With Larry Keel and Tony Rice and I haven't stopped smilin' since.
McIntyre, Ga USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:52:03 (EDT)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Vassar. Thanks for the joy you have shared with so many for so long.
Robert Hickson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Middlesex, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:28:59 (EDT)
Just a note to let you know my prayers are with you. I play bass and banjo for an old friend of yours, Ralph Lewis, in Asheville, NC My wife is a cancer survivor and I know how it all weighs on your heart and mind. May God be with you and your family through these times.
Gary Wiley <email@example.com>
Waynesville, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:12:04 (EDT)
Take comfort. You've given millions of people comfort with your music. Here's hoping the days ahead are as smooth as your tunes.
Jeff Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Little Rock, AR USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:11:31 (EDT)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Vassar opened up a whole new world of music for me after I saw him perform with Dickey Betts in the 1970s and for that I am eternally grateful. I hope he understands the powerful and beautiful impact he has had, and will continue to have, as long as people are listening to music. The world is a better place because he shared his gift. God bless,
David Moon <email@example.com>
Oak Park, IL USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 15:06:03 (EDT)
You are a man who has touch so many lives in such a wonderful, warm and positive way. Not just through music, but also through compassionate humanity. Rest peacefully and know that you will soon be fiddling in a better place, with some darned fine musicians to boot.
God bless. Paul
paul Levine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
quincy, fl USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:58:06 (EDT)
Thanks for "The Lonesome Fiddle Blues". And save me spot in heaven when you get there.
John Ribble and family
John Ribble <email@example.com>
Jerseyville, IL USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:44:22 (EDT)
Unbelievably horrible news on Monday. I will fervently pray that Vassar will not suffer at all and that the next step of his life will be as blessed as his time here on earth. I will always cherish the brief encounter with Vassar at the 1998 Gathering on the Mountain festival in Pennsylvania. A chance encounter led to brief but wonderful conversation that I will never forget. He took a moment from his need to get to the next stage to speak to me when he could have understandibly brushed me of but he graciously gave a couple of minutes of his time and I will forever be thankful.
Jeff Jansen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Omaha, NE USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:13:59 (EDT)
It so hard for me to write this letter, but must tell you once more what a wonderful man you are. You have been such a magnificent role model for me; I hope I can do the same for someone else someday.
I will never forget the few times that we visited; you treated me so kind and would answer all my questions. I particularly remember the time you signed a picture of the both of us, it was actually our first meeting at the Florida Folk Festival. As you were signing the picture you commented to me that you remember that occasion; I cannot tell you how inspiring that was for me to hear you say that. These are all such beautiful memories that I‘ll carry with me forever.
I really hope you enjoyed the bust of yourself; I would have loved to see your reaction to it. It will be my life long goal now to tell as many people about you and all your wonderful accomplishments. I will always dream of having the opportunity to jam with you, but now I look forward to hearing your sweet fiddle when I reach those pearly gates.
We all love you Vassar and thank you again for everything.
Tony Deal <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:08:56 (EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I grew up listening to Bluegrass, Vassar's music, and going to festivals. My Dad (Ralph Withers) played and loved gospel bluegrass music. I went through the same things you are going through now almost two years ago. I lost my Dad in September of 2003. Even though I could not listen to his music for awhile after his death, I now find great comfort in it. Most people are not as blessed as I because I still have a big part of him I can access any time with his music. I know that later on you will be able to do that too.
I wish you all comfort that only God can grant.
Norma Jean Withers Harris
Norma Jean Withers Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dixon, MO USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:54:34 (EDT)
As one fiddler to another, many prayers and positive thoughts are sent your way. If it is your time, Vassar, so be it, and much joy awaits you!
Vassar has long been esteemed in my book as the greatest among us! He seems to dazzle, slip and slide over the instrument with such amazing ease, and always right on! We were brought together at a jam session in Calif. after a Festival many years ago. He was so complimentary and so encouraging to me, it gave me a real boost, a great thrill that he approved! I went on to make fiddling my career with many appearances on TV (esp. Hee Haw, the girl with the blue fiddle in Buck's band), and I still do over 100 dates per year.
I do feel that Vassar was a mentor and a marvelous example for me personally--just imagine how many lives he has touched with that glorious talent and his gracious manner!
Again, loving prayers to you, Vassar, and to your family at this difficult time.
Thank you, Vassar!!!!
Jana Jae <email@example.com>
Tulsa, OK USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:46:44 (EDT)
It hit me like a brick to hear about Vassar's condition. I send him and his family my prayers and thank them for allowing me the opportunity of sharing the stage with him.
Alphonso Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manhattan Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:31:12 (EDT)
Just spoke to Linda Bolton a little while ago about Vassar's reapidly deteriorating condition. How sad that talent of this caliber perishes. Thank goodness for the legacy of his music he will leave behind. Rest easy, sir. We all love you very much.
Len Jaffe <sngwrtr525@ADELPHIA.NET>
Charlottesville, VA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:23:06 (EDT)
Thank you kindly for the wonderful music over the years. May the Circle Be Unbroken and may the angels play fiddles! God Bless you, sir.
Bill Van Pelt <email@example.com>
Binghamton, NY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:12:07 (EDT)
God bless you, Vassar! You've given so many people so much delight with your musical gifts.
Mya our prayers be with you.
Melissa Weaver Dunning <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Berryville, VA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:11:47 (EDT)
Sending our best.
God loves fiddle players. That is why he has taken so many of the great ones.
Larry Witthar <email@example.com>
Amarillo, TX USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 13:05:35 (EDT)
Stephanie and I are so sad to learn of your fight with cancer. I remember sitting next to you at Woodland studios recording the Circle album and all the wonderful support you gave me. We laughed alot then and had such a great time together, all of us. It has been such an honor to know you and beable to play with you through all these years. You are in our prayers and hearts. I have never known such a wonderful and selfless musician. We will miss you but you will always be as close as our thoughts and our record collection. Much Love to you and the family,
Les & Stephanie Thompson
Les Thompson & Stephanie Thompson <CabinStudios@aol.com>
Leesburg, Va. USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:49:06 (EDT)
You have given great joy to a lot of people.
Plumstead, UK - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:33:59 (EDT)
Dear King of Fiddlers,
You have always shown us the way with your Herculean chops, magnificent tone and fearless
p.s.my neighbor Jovan says one of the things they used to write on the sides of fiddles
is,"in life I was mute,in death I sing"
Chico Welch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, Il USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:26:33 (EDT)
You're music is legendary and will be appreciated for a long, long time. May you move on peacefully.
MA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:26:22 (EDT)
you don't know me but
your music has given me
much pleasure through the years and was a great inspiration to me in my youth.
thank you for giving the wonderful gifts which god
placed especially within you.
i'll be listening...
much love and many blessings eternally ~ molly andrews
molly andrews <email@example.com>
horse creek township, nc USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:14:29 (EDT)
God bless you and your family, you are forever in my heart and your family in my prayers.
Bordentown, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:05:23 (EDT)
Vassar, you are an inspiration and a joy to hear. Thank you for a lifetime of beautiful music.
Joe Stratton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
OH USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:01:26 (EDT)
Vassar- If it wasnt for hearing you on the radio back in the 70's I probably would not have picked up the fiddle.When you cane to Penn State with Red White an Bluegrass I didnt even play fiddle but you let me look at theviolin with the head on it and I wenthome and cut the picture out of the Strad magazine of the violin that looked just like it and gave it to you remember???
You always have been kind and helpful to me even way back when i was fiddling with the McCoury's. I love you Man and there is no one like you.No one in the world phrases musical ideas like you .Vassar you ALWAYS seem to get to my heart and soul with your fiddling. I have a tape somewhere where we are fiddling together with the Del McCoury band and Tony Rice and you are laying in on the harmony to everything I was playing like you could read my mind. It really was a thrill to be on the same stage with you.I am praying for your health. I hear that easiac (spelling?)tea is helpful.Your friend Tad Marks
Tad Marks <email@example.com>
Cooksville, MD USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:58:17 (EDT)
You are the smoothest fiddle player I've ever heard and my husband thinks the world of you.
Stephanie Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leesburg, Va. USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:49:49 (EDT)
Dearest Vassar - you will be remembered as much for your great heart and kindness
as for your music, which is a manifestation of the light of your spirit. Christian and I would like to thank you as it has been our great honor to be able to work with you these last 9 years. We will always be committed to you and to preserving your musical and personal legacy with the highest integrity. We send you and your family our love and support, and pray for your safe passage into the arms of God.
Laura and Christian <>
Asheville, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:34:02 (EDT)
Vassar and family-I'm remembering the times you played for us at 'The Sherwood" in Upper Saddle River, N.J. I was a roommate of Ken's and he told me the sad news last night. Your music and kindness will always be with me. God's speed and rest well. B.Z.
Bill Zweiman <email@example.com>
Springfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:20:01 (EDT)
You're smile, your music and your generous and kind attention to everyone who ever approached you at a festival is something I admire and will remember forever. God bless you and your wonderful family Vassar.
Marie Nofsinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Delray Beach, Fl USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:09:03 (EDT)
Prayers are with all of you.. An appreciative fan you is in awe of a wondreful talent. May your transition to the next realm of awareness be an easy painless one... Play for angels to sing, Vassar! they are the fortunate ones....
Lynette Landry <email@example.com>
Ft. Worth , TX USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 11:05:00 (EDT)
thanks for sharing your talent with us for so many years--you and your family are in my thought and prayers.
Jeff Houck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Akron, OH USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 10:56:36 (EDT)
Much love and prayers from a longtime fan. Your life has touched so many. Hope to pick with you somewhere else someday. Godspeed to you sir!
Jon T. Wells <email@example.com>
Mobile, AL USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 10:53:43 (EDT)
"How does that go, Vassar?" I remember your great performances at the Great Northern Bluegrass Festival in Mole Lake WI. Thank you...God Bless....Randy Stank, Wausau WI
Randy Stank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wausau, WI USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 10:13:45 (EDT)
I simply do not have any words! Thanks Vassar!!
Gene Carper <email@example.com>
Bunker Hill, WV USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 10:02:54 (EDT)
Vassar, Thanks for many years of music. It is a wonderful legacy. It is a great thing to see the delight from my children when they hear your music.
Wishing you peace and dignity.
Steve Nordhauser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Troy, NY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:56:46 (EDT)
our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. we love you Vassar.
Judy Preuss <>
Brooksville, fl USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:54:42 (EDT)
God Bless you Vassar. Big love from Colorado to you and yours.
Paul and Family
Paul Rennix <email@example.com>
fort collins, CO USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:51:31 (EDT)
I met Vassar in the eighties at the Wolftrap Barns after a performance. i was with a friend, Les Thompson, one of the founding members of the "Dirt Band. I was in awe and really appreciated the wonderful personality Vassar showed us that night. I just want to honor Vassar and his Great gift of music that has always inspired many. Russ
Russ Watkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Natural Bridge, VA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:44:51 (EDT)
Vassar,Our prayers and best wishes are with you and your family. Thank you so much for your inspirational playing. My sons and I will always have the photo of you with us in our fiddle cases. It was taken at the Mayville Festival a couple years ago. Thanks so much for your (and Midge's) kindness and for enriching all our lives. You are one of a kind.
John Ludwig <>
Waterloo, NY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:43:40 (EDT)
I've enjoyed hearing Vassar's fiddle on many bluegrass songs. I wish Vassar and his family all the best. You are in my prayers.
Linda Thrift <email@example.com>
Savannah, Ga USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 09:12:14 (EDT)
Many heartfelt thanks, Vassar, for your gifts of art and music. They have enriched the lives of me and my (now fiddle palying) wife. Your music was as life-giving as sunshine or as a bird singing in a pine tree. Love, Brian and Michaelle Justice
Brian and Michaelle Justice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richmond, VA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 08:47:53 (EDT)
God bless you Vasser!!! Many thoughts and prayers go out to you from my heart.
rosewll, GA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 08:05:19 (EDT)
You are an inspiration for not only your unique fiddling abilities, but also to all musicians in general. Your creativeness and love of the music will always be remembered within the annals of musical history. God Bless you on your journey to come and for your upcoming heavenly assignment. May peace be with you, my friend!
David Propst <email@example.com>
Martinsburg, WV USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 08:00:50 (EDT)
It is with a great sadness that I read the latest news on your health. I would like to thank you for the years of incredibly mocing music that you have provided us all. Live Oaks will not be the same without you. I know that in the other another world awaiting us that you will be playing fiddles for the King of Kings.
Sean Puckett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boone, NC USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 06:29:08 (EDT)
Praying for you and family there
Lloyd Clarke <email@example.com>
Victoria, , Newfoundland Canada - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 05:51:22 (EDT)
Praying for you and family there
Lloyd Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Victoria, , Newfoundland Canada - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 05:45:18 (EDT)
God bless you Vassar. We keep you and your family in our prayers everyday.
Words cannot express what your music and spirit has meant to us. You are a National treasure and truly one of a kind.
Barry Chalcroft <email@example.com>
Vancouver, WA USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 05:16:45 (EDT)
Vassar, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. May he smile upon you and all that you have touched. Our prayers are with you. You will be sorely missed at The Music In The Mountains (PA). As always you are our favorite fiddler!! God bless.
Randy Keller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Buffalo, NY USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 03:44:35 (EDT)
all of our prayers are with you and your family, and we want you to know that you are truly loved.
rogersville, tn USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 02:29:59 (EDT)
vasser, we will be praying for you... last august i cherished getting to sit and talk and mostly listen to you and my friend i played banjo for for 13 years talk at podunk festival. that was one of the last shows we played wih chalie waller. we miss him dearly. he really loved your fiddlin.. read proverbs chap 3 verse 5 thru 7 it rally helps me...
sincerely greg corbett
greg corbet <email@example.com>
troy , nc USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 02:09:33 (EDT)
Clem...I love your music especially the stuff with the bluegrass album band with Tony Rice and JD Crowe..it inspired me to play bluegrass music i am now 20 years old and have played the guitar for 7 years
i owe you more than you could ever know you are the greatest and your music will be in my heart for ever i am sure that many others feel the same as well. Your always in my prayers
lexington, ky USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 01:54:34 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar... you've inspired and moved us all with your graceful resonance. If string theory has any merit, you've undoubtedly exposed it! If the circle will be unbroken, you are surely an integral link!
Good Luck and God Speed on your travels from here-- brother, father, friend... spirit!
Matt Henschel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boyds, MD USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 01:44:47 (EDT)
Tony King <NGRTony@aol.com>
Johnson City, TN USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 01:23:39 (EDT)
Vassar,You made me practice as hard as I could before playing gigs with you.Just because I respect so much the effort you put in to playing your very best and pleasing your audeince.I wanted to do the best I could do at all times with you.You made me lift myself to another level.I wish we could swing one more time.Love.......Ross Sermons
Ross Sermons <email@example.com>
Chapel Hill, TN USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 01:15:29 (EDT)
I Join the millions saddened by your illness. My first intro to you was in Veterinary College in 1976 with the NItty Gritty Dirt Band album and more recently I've been turned on to the "Old and in The" albums. Thank you for the joy you bring to us all.
Thomas J. Dose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reno, NV USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 00:08:07 (EDT)
Saw you at the Station Inn several years ago. I think Charlie Cushman was on Banjo. Can't remember the others. Great Show.
Jim Marshall <JimBgrass@aol.com>
El Jobean, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 23:21:21 (EDT)
Nobody plays like you. Fiddle playing will never be the same again. There's fiddle playing and there's Vassar-style!
Roger Kern <email@example.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:48:10 (EDT)
I have enjoyed some of Vassars music, but I heard more of about what a really nice fella he is. I consider it my privledge to have met him ever so briefly, listened to him, watched him play with obvious joy and found him to live up to all I heard about his personality. Our prayers are with all of you and May God hold each of you in his arms tightly.
Cherie Gresham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Meldrim, Ga USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:43:47 (EDT)
God bless you all everyone. My family will meet you in heaven one day Vassar and maybe if God allows us we can pick and bow a little.
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:43:09 (EDT)
Thanks, Vassar, for sharing yourself with us these so many years. I wish you a peaceful passing.
Lambertville, NJ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:39:42 (EDT)
Hearing about Vassar's diagnosis earlier this year made for an extremely sad day in my life. Today, I read about Vassar's decision to go in peace, without further medical intervention. As hard as it is to accept the facts of life and death, it is impossible not to respect this fine musician and his decision. On a day when we lost another great musician exactly 10 years ago, we must find comfort in knowing that Vassar will soon be fiddling once again alongside Jerry Garcia in that good ole Angel Band. While I'm sad to say I won't get to see Vassar up on stage again, I'll continue to cherish the memories I was lucky enough to gather over the years. We'll always love you, Vassar.
For anyone who is interested, I will be paying tribute to Vassar's life and music on my radio show, Bluegrass Breakdown, Monday, August 15 from 5-7pm EST. Broadcast in Northeast Ohio on 91.1 FM and around the world at www.wruw.org.
melissa rae giglio <email@example.com>
cleveland heights, OH USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:35:53 (EDT)
We love you Vassar. Thanks for everything. God speed.
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:30:45 (EDT)
My latest sun is sinking fast
My race is nearly run
My longest trials now are passed
My triumph has begun
Oh come angel band
Come and around me stand
Bear me away on your snow white wings
To my immortal home.....
bruce markowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:08:19 (EDT)
May angels bless your days and comfort your nights. We love you so much Vassar. Your music lives in our home, our hearts, and our life today and forever. God bless you and your family. Thank you for touching us in so many ways, especially many times at the Suwannee River with your amazing fiddle ringing in the magical Oaks. We love you from the bottom of our hearts. Love, Jennifer and Van Waters from St Simons Island, GA
Jennifer Mia Waters <email@example.com>
St SImons Island, GA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:06:09 (EDT)
Hey Vassar. Your music means a whole lot to this 32 year old. I think I'll put on that old Aereoplane record now and play that tune with a vamp in the middle. God bless you.
Mike T. <>
NY, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:01:09 (EDT)
I am truly sorry to learn of your condition. I had the good fortune to see you perform around the chicago area in the 1980's. you are truly one of the best. we in the listening public can only hope you make a miracle recovery and can continue to play. know that you are in our hearts and your music will be forever in our minds
mark peavey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
elmwood park, Il USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 22:00:18 (EDT)
much love to you and your family your fiddle playing has been an inspiration to me
jeff kohl <jskohl@email@example.com>
walnut creek, ca USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 21:46:54 (EDT)
My prayers are with you, dear friend. Godspeed.
Fred Bartenstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yellow Springs, OH USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 21:33:50 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar!! I was privileged to see you perform on several occassions and you're the BEST! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the world! We love you. Sheila
Sheila Long <email@example.com>
Pensacola, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 21:25:52 (EDT)
My dear friend, I wish you peace. I was listening to your Grass Routes today, in particular "Fiddlin' Will" had my seeing/feeling tears, hearts and musical notes (colorful and dancing and flying) coming straight out of your sweet fiddle. I've loved your sounds for over 25 years. One paricular memory was the time I saw you playing "Pig in a Pen" with the Zen Tricksters. You are more than 30 years my senior and you were still playing like crazy when I left the gig about 3am. May your heart, soul and faith in god remain as strong as your beautiful, sweet ever-present smile. My heart truly goes out to you and your loved ones. May the good lord grant you and your family peace in these trying times and in days to come.
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 21:06:02 (EDT)
God Bless You Vassar! You have always been an inspiration.
SitiBill Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westport, Ct USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 20:58:39 (EDT)
My family's prayers are with you Vassar
Glenn Logan <email@example.com>
Colstrip, MT USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 20:57:20 (EDT)
With love and appreciation
Bestor Cram <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 20:54:21 (EDT)
Enjoyed hearing and meeting you at White Springs and also Big Cypress. You are a class act and our thoughts are with you.
Carl Wade <SumSpec4@aol.com>
Sarasota, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 20:25:11 (EDT)
We are praying for you, Vassar and thank you for all the music we have been given in the Suwannee Valley. God Bless You.
FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 20:13:35 (EDT)
I send you love and the strength to face the coming days. Thank
you for brightening up all of our lives with your music. Best wishes to all friends and
family and fans.
The music lives on.
Laurel Paulson-Pierce <email@example.com>
Oroville, CA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:59:40 (EDT)
Hillbilly Jazz lives forever and so will you Vassar in our hearts & in heaven. God bless you forever
bill martin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
shepherdstown, wv USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:59:03 (EDT)
God Bless you Vassar! I am deeply saddened to here the latest update. I will pray for you and your family. You're fiddle playing will live on for ever. Peace, mp
Michael Parks <email@example.com>
Knoxville, Arkansas USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:35:22 (EDT)
So sorry to hear about Vassars health............he had a huge impact on our musical life..............we will always remember him.......
Gord and Joan Milne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tappen, BC Canada - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:29:36 (EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are going out to you, Vassar. We love you.
Barry Herman, M.D. <RockDoc50@aol.com>
Radnor, PA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 18:16:07 (EDT)
I am so sorry to hear of your continued health problems. I have been greatly inspired by your music through the years and just want to say thanks. Sally
Sally Winters <email@example.com>
Columbia, MO USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:44:09 (EDT)
Vassar and family,
My prayers are with you all as a parting of the ways fast approaches.
Vassar's music has always inspired me since I first enjoyed that talking fiddle as a young teen-ager in Southern California, where it was hard to avoid rock 'n roll. His music was and continues to be for me a breath of fresh air and so uplifting and inspiring for my own musical pursuits.
Blessings on you, Vassar!
Claire in California <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Redondo Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:39:17 (EDT)
Our heartfelt caring to the family. As your updateds tell us that the Next World is waiting on our beloved fiddle player. We pray for a peaceful journey on the Ship of Life to that Golden Land. Sincerely, David and Patty Brookbank
David and Patty Brookbank <email@example.com>
NC, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:36:42 (EDT)
I don;t know why but I put your name in a search engine today and found your website only to find out of your ilness. I was truly shocked . I just happened to remember being a house guest of yours about twenty years ago when I came to Nashville with Ronnie Frey and remember what a graicious host you and Millie were and that memory has been in my mind all these years and you fixed breakfast for us. You are in my prayers Vassar GOD bless you! Tim
Tim Vargo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ney, oh USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:33:25 (EDT)
Vassar and family- I wish you all the best in this difficult time. My thoughts are with you all!
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:11:28 (EDT)
My prayer is for his peace and his family's strength.
Darren Ball <email@example.com>
Palmyra, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:09:18 (EDT)
Dear Vassar & Family:
I am writing to assure you all of the prayers of my family for you all, peace be with you and abide in your hearts now and forever more.
David K. Price <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alpharetta,, GA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 17:00:39 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar for the wonderful music through out the years! we will see each other once again in a place more beatiful then any paradise one can imagine!
say hello to jerry for me :o)
Mike Bullock <email@example.com>
dallas, TX USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:59:21 (EDT)
vassar.....god speed and thank you for all of the wonderful memories and feelings you have given me over the years! Be sure to say hello to john and jerry up there for all of us. fly high and see you on the other side.
rob crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
denver, co USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:48:30 (EDT)
Vassar played at our little listening room here in Bethlehem back in the 90s, at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse. What a grand night that was to have Vassar himself, bringing his marvelous music and his obvious enjoyment of performing to our audience of under 100 appreciative lovers of folk music! We will never forget! To Vassar and to his family: if you are able, please get a copy of singer-songwriter Don Conoscenti's "Other Side" (you could Google his web site). It brought our family great comfort in the last days of our own "Papa's" battle with small cell lung and liver cancer which moved to his brain in the end.
May you fly high, Vassar! See you on the other side, you can count on it.
Ramona LaBarre <email@example.com>
Bethlehem, PA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:35:13 (EDT)
Prayerfully thinking of you and your family,
Rev. Randall Hogan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greenwood, ark USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:27:01 (EDT)
Vassar, I just learned of your health situation and want to offer my prayers to you and to your family.
Asheville, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:25:26 (EDT)
May God bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you. Bless you, Vassar, and all those with you. See you soon!
Blessings to you, Mark Tribble
Mark Tribble <email@example.com>
Starkville, MS USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:24:47 (EDT)
To Vassar and family. Please accept my (our) heartfelt best wishes, and appreciation for your years of sharing your gifts. God bless. A lifelong fan, Tom.
Tom Glenn <firstname.lastname@example.org.>
Poteau, Okla. USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 16:10:58 (EDT)
It was so great to meet and work with you, Sir. But more importantly, I'm glad I got to listen to you play. Blessings, Zachary Stauffer (from the OBS film)
Zachary Stauffer <email@example.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:47:41 (EDT)
My thoughts are with you and your family Vassar. Your vivacious energy and incredible talent will forever be with us. I can only hope you can continue to create amazing music into your next life.
May your passing be pain-free and filled with love.
I am so grateful for your music and being able to watch you play.
Kristen LaBonte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:43:37 (EDT)
Hey Buddy, Your trust is well placed. We love you!!!!!!!
Rick and Kim Campbell <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:36:10 (EDT)
I have some Charles Chip cans out in my garage in Tallahassee. Every time I go over there and I'm out in the garage I think about the Fiddlin Chip Man. Taking a few minutes between customers to play a couple of tunes or to teach me a new one. I have been in St Augustine for about three years now and we are all praying for you. As I know everyone in Tallahassee is. We have missed you at the festivals. We love you.
John Alison <email@example.com>
St Augustine, Fl USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:35:48 (EDT)
Best wishes and prayers for God's intervention in your life. Each day is a gift from God. Celebrate the beauty that surrounds you during each of these gifts.
Much health and blessings!
Dan Warmbrodt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ridgway, PA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:33:33 (EDT)
Thank you for the music and magic that you could pour into a space like liquid stars. May you find peace and your soul shine strong.
Libby Creagh <email@example.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:31:48 (EDT)
vassar and family:
prayers for all of you. may the light that vassar has shone on all of us shine back on him 100 fold in his hour of need. ill never forget the times ive seen you fiddle and am very glad i got to take my fiancee to see you in march of 03 in nyc at old and in the gray. your vocals during rainmaker brought goosebumps to us both...fiddlin man play us all a fiddle jam in the great long night that lies ahead so we may find our ways home. be peaceful and be strong and say hi to bill and jerry for us my friend...
love and light always
jim and noel
Jim Michalski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
milltown , nj USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:31:10 (EDT)
Dear Vassar and Family; I am deeply sad by the news. I have to say it was a great, and inmense honor to meet you back in New Hampshire and at the Merlfest during our filming of The Special documentary. All i can say is, YOU MADE IT "THE SPECIAL". If the movie is named after anyone, it is you, Senor Clemmens. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep that smile...you will play that fiddle forever.
Northern Light Productions
Miguelangel Aponte-Rios <email@example.com>
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:26:32 (EDT)
We will always treasure and love everything you gave us.
Felton Pruitt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:20:34 (EDT)
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your contribution to the history of music.
Ashby Chase <email@example.com>
Columbia, SC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 15:04:38 (EDT)
God Bless You, Vassar. You gave me so many years of pleasure. You are the best. Thank you.
David Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:51:12 (EDT)
I'm stuck here at work but I'm listening to the Acoustic Cafe "Jam session" you did for us a few years back so everything is getting better.
The Kissimme Kid rocks.
John Knight <email@example.com>
Shelby, AL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:40:17 (EDT)
Vassar, thank you for the years of haunting fiddle licks, and spirit filled bluegrass. You will be deeply missed - may the midnight moonlight shine on your road home.
Ed Hough <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Towson, MD USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:34:23 (EDT)
I'm so sad to here the news. I'm wishin' Vassar the best. He is truly a major influence for me!
Mark Schidler <email@example.com>
Anaheim, CA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:34:01 (EDT)
Vassar - The few times we played together, I felt an instant connection. I knew that I had been blessed to have shared the stage with one so great, so magical, and yet, down to earth, humble and sincere. I will never forget the influence you've had on my music, and on me as a person. You are simply the greatest. Peace.
Scott Murawski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:32:18 (EDT)
I am thinking about and
praying for you...
Nancy Lowe <email@example.com>
Syracuse, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:19:26 (EDT)
Vassar's music has touch the heart and soul of all who has listen to the Kissimmee Kid. It's amazing the generations that continue to hear the true bluegrass from the most famous fiddle around. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Midge and all your family. Thank you for being a part of our lives throughout the years. Please know that we love your father for his humble ways, his incredible people skills and his ability to put life into the music. He and his life will forever be remember and appreciated. Much love and sympathy. Erin Wheeler and Kevin Wesner
Clermont, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:11:48 (EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are still for you and a complete recoverey.None of us knows what the future holds but we know who holds the future.It's in His hands.
But as it is written,Eye hath not seen,nor ear heard,neither have entered into the heart of man,the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.1Corithians2:9
Doyle Lawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bristol, TN USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:11:26 (EDT)
Dear Vassar - We will be forever grateful that we were able to see you perform many times over the last 2 years, in Live Oak. And we cherish the picture we have of you (with Ross), and Tony Rice.
Thank you so much for the gift of music and love you have shared with the world.
Gerri & Ross
Gerri & Ross Brown <email@example.com>
Sugarloaf Key, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:04:54 (EDT)
I am so sorry to hear that Vassar's cancer has spread. God has choosen a path for him! He has been a loving husband and father. He has blessed, entertained and touched so many others in his life of music! He is going to be going home to your mother. The love and prayers that we all extend sometimes doesn't seem enough. Your father is an honorable man and stands on very high pedestals in many peoples lifes. He has done wonders here on earth, he's sure to impress them even more in heaven. We will always hear that fiddle play.....
With all my heart and prayers
Kerri Manning <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clermont, Fl USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 14:00:03 (EDT)
Dearest Vassar, I have found comfort in these words from the poet Kalhil Gibran. I hope they might bring some peace to you and to your sweet family: "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance..." All my love and gratitude to you Vassar. I'm wishing you peaceful journeys to the next heavenly hoedown!
Birmingham, AL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:47:04 (EDT)
Vassar...to say you will be missed just does not do justice! You were one of the reasons I got into bluegrass, not after seeing you play, but getting to enjoy a conversation with you at the Warehouse in Rochester after I helped you and your band carry your gear in. Your kindness and warm heart showed me more and more that Musicians Are People Too!!
You are in my prayers and thoughts, and as Jorma Kaukonen once wrote, "Do not go gentle into the good night."
John J. Wood <email@example.com>
Boulder, CO USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:45:39 (EDT)
Vassar, your kind and loving heart, humility, and gentle nature will be remembered fondly by everyone whose life you have touched…and you have touched many. We are grateful to have known you, and we will always remember the happy times. We know Millie is calling, and your time is coming to join her, but we will miss you, dear friend. Bless you, and bless Midge and George for all their wonderful care, while putting their own needs aside. Love, Linda and Kerney
Linda and Kerney Bolton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:30:43 (EDT)
Vassar, I thank you for creating music that taught me what bluegrass music was really all about. You are in our prayers! - C
curtis stewart <email@example.com>
northbrook, il USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:30:27 (EDT)
Vassar- Thank you for a lifetime of music. Love and Peace to you and your family. Tom Kubisiak
Tom Kubisiak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:19:14 (EDT)
God be with you Vassar! You are in our prayers! Dave & Lois
Dave Roye <email@example.com>
Pembroke, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:17:45 (EDT)
God Bless you Vassar and thanks for everything.
Steve Butler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 13:11:28 (EDT)
Thank you so much for your kindness when I met you in Colorado. There will be sweet music in Heaven. God will Bless.
Lewis Gooch <email@example.com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:55:52 (EDT)
I've just heard about Vasser's health, and want to say my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Vassar brought joy, comfort, and excitement into so many people's lives through his music. What a wonderful legacy he leaves for us all! May your final journey be peaceful, Vassar.
Rob Meador <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:52:00 (EDT)
We love you Vassar and pray that you will be blessed with all that you need in your decision.
Lucky Donohoo <email@example.com>
Royal, Ar USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:51:18 (EDT)
The joy of music that you brought to all who listened is eternal.
Peace be with you.
Tony Amenta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Waitsfield, VT USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:35:08 (EDT)
My kindest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for all the music and joy that you have shared with us all. You have made the world a better place.
Tom Jackson <email@example.com>
Buxton, OR USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:32:04 (EDT)
You are the greatest fiddle player ever.God Speed dear friend...Love and prayers,Mary
Mary Tyler Doub <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Owings Mills, MD USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:29:50 (EDT)
I have loved your music for 35 years.
David Suchman <email@example.com>
Gainesville, Florida USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:28:06 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar.Old but never in the way...
Chris Kerrissey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Milford, NH USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:26:52 (EDT)
Vassar, my brother in Christ. I send you blessings, and well wishes as you go through this transition. We have never met, but my husband introduced me to your music... (he is a sound engineer, and has toured with Marty Stuart, and others,)and speaks so highly of working with you. He says your a real country boy, but a true professional!
How blessed I am to enjoy your music! I am also a fiddle player, and I am playing madolin and autoharp now. Your influence will be passed on for generations.
God bless you, and I look forward to hugging your neck someday in heaven.
Kelly Lynn Hunt <email@example.com>
Grapevine, Texas USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:23:24 (EDT)
Thanks, Vassar, for giving so much of yourself to so many of us. Bless you.
Roger May <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Omar, WV USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 12:19:36 (EDT)
Correction, that was '96 during the Olympic Games -
V, guess I was thinking of '76, equally a great year!
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:53:48 (EDT)
Your music touches souls. Your music makes smiles. Your music raises spirits. Your music lives on.
May God be with you and your family in the days ahead. When the great light shines down, it will be with dignity and a humble spirit that you make your journey. Thank you for blessing my life and sharing with me your great gift.
Crystal Stowe <email@example.com>
Winston Salem, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:53:19 (EDT)
Vassar, thank you so much for your music. Save journey
Pieter Groenveld <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hoofddorp, Holland - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:43:59 (EDT)
I am but one of the many who leave their words here. Mine are no different yet they are mine. You, sir, have touched me with your soul by using four strings and some wood (some old wood) to share it with me. Your golden tones will stay with me until I become light, at which time I will embody those golden tones. Peace to you, master fiddler. Rest, dear one, for you have much playing ahead of you.
Dan Roth <email@example.com>
Athens, GA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:43:00 (EDT)
in my heart
w/ LOVE and Gratitude....
Peace & Grace
Judith A-Sharp Rose <msWingInn@Yahoo.com>
Tampa, USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:42:48 (EDT)
In 1996, during the bi-centennial, Vassar came to Athens to perform at the Morton Theatre. He brought Steve Davidowski who played piano and Steve's Russian friend, who played bass. Vassar said, "that is one heck of a bass player!" It was an extraordinary night of great jazzy music. Millie sat behind the curtain with us and we had a great time, she, myself and my daughter. Vassar gave my daughter a 15 min. fiddle lesson and commented: "she's got beautiful hands, just right to play that thing!" We all went out to dinner before the show and had some good laughs; Millie was great at recounting 'road trips' and other family memories. I miss Millie's stories. What many don't know is that Vassar received Athens, Georgia's Key to the City that night! He always said,"I love that little town; let's get me back there!" And so we finally got him back in Dec, '04. That was a blessed night. You are greatly loved, V-Man; for all the great music you play and the wonderful encouragement you give to others; always wanting to share and encourage and give the musicians' their time and space and dues - but you're loved most because you're a regular guy, you're in the ballpark with all of us, batting at the same ball and always have been. You shine because you sweat for it. And that twinkle in your eye is part of the reflection of all that shine. Everything you get is because you gave it first, and you give it your all. And to Midge and George, for being so gracious and caring - for helping you to keep 'gas in the car' as I've heard him say; and for allowing us all to share our memories and thoughts and prayers through this message board; thank you. V-Man, one more thing, it's baseball season again! : ) xo, FD
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:36:02 (EDT)
Vassar--Thank you for sharing your talent and your heart with all of us for all these years. Fiddle on !
Vicki Santa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:24:10 (EDT)
Thank you for your wonderful music over the years. i will mis you.
Boe Walker <BoeWalker@BoesStrings.com>
Frederick, MD USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:15:52 (EDT)
Vassar, your work embodies the best that American music has to offer. From generation to generation, you've touched millions. Thanks for everything.
Pres Nowlin <>
USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:10:00 (EDT)
Your music has been a blessing to many thousands of people who listen to my radio show each week. You are indeed a National Treasure. God Bless you Vassar
Bob Barden <email@example.com>
Fayetteville, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:01:36 (EDT)
Vassar, you are loved and will be missed. And remember, Millie's waiting.
at the top of the hill,
They'll be laughing,
oh the stories they'll tell...
When he holds her
in his arms again,
They'll be sweethearts
with time on their hands"
"Daddy Went Walkin'"
AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:53:00 (EDT)
You music has inspired me all of my life. You attained and shared a magnificent level of musical achievement. Only a great spirit moves in this way. Respectfully, Bob Sturtevant
bob sturtevant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
harker heights, texas USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:38:45 (EDT)
Rest easy dear brother. Thanks for so many years of sharing the music. I will remember you always.
Howard Green <email@example.com>
Merrick, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:33:11 (EDT)
Our prayers and hopes are with you and your family during these times.
Staff at ETA Bluegrass Cruise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nashville, TN USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:25:09 (EDT)
God bless you, Vassar and your family. Of my limited knowledge of fiddlers, I think you are the best. Love the work you've done with all the rockers, especially the Dickey Betts' Highway Call album. Hang in there! Good vibes from the Charlesinator
Mooresville, nc USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:22:17 (EDT)
Vassar...may the good lord hold ya in the palm of his hand and alleviate any of your pain...
We love ya Vassar and I thoroughly enjoyed making you all those Cassettes even though all of us were into CD's.... may they carry you softly home....Adios my friend, & hope to meet up w/ya on the otherside..
Paul Tivnan <email@example.com>
Rutland, MA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:22:08 (EDT)
I had the opportunity to meet Vassar several years ago when he performed at our local Floyd Country Store. What a delight to see and hear him play and especially to meet him. Prayers are on the way for this wonderful person and musician. He is an inspiration to many. God Bless!!
Serena Wimmer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copper Hill, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 10:10:30 (EDT)
God bless you and your family, Mr. Clements. Whenever we are picking a tune and can't get it right, my husband and I love to use the expression "How DOES it go, Vassar??"
Pikeville, KY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:54:48 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Clements,
I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with you at MerleFest a couple of years back. I found you to be as gracious as your fiddle playing is inspiring. Please know that my prayers are with you. May you feel the love and concern of all those who admire you as a performer and, even more, as a human being.
God's blessings be with you.
Wanda Hubicki <email@example.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:50:11 (EDT)
george & midge cranor re.vassar. i wish all of vassar's friend's could know as i do what you two have been thru with taking care of vassar since millie's passing
7 year's ago. i've told you before that vassar could not have continued after loosing mille, vassar's wife & your mother midge. with both of you, midge & george, in not the best of health yourselve's. i'll never understand how you two have handled the additional strain & pain since 14 march when your world came tumbling down with the learning of vassar's condition. the song i wrote"sometime death comes as a friend" is full of truth in it's lyric's. i told vassar & you'all about it when millie passed & vassar wanted me to send it to him in a year or so later as he could not handle it too soon. families of many friend's i've lost has asked for it also but i just can't get the courage to give it to them. hardly a month ever passes that i dont know of someone that this applie's to. midge, you & george will surely be blessed for what you have done to save vassar. i just wish all of vassar's friend's could know what you'all have been thru trying to make him live & i want you to know that all the decision's you have made thru the whole process have been the right one's altho at time's we may not have understood at the time. no way to express how sorry i feel for you'all & the rest of the family. dallas.
dallas burell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
decatur , ga. USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:43:41 (EDT)
Vassar, I love ya. Know that the music in this world is limited by our body vehicles--you'll hear it pure soon. Pass easy, friend. Your music has brought joy, and that's the worthiest accomplishment in this world.
Chris Burgoyne <email@example.com>
Radford, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:34:12 (EDT)
May God be with Vassar and his family during this time. May it be peaceful and full of love.
Strafford, NH USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:09:46 (EDT)
Thoughts and Prayers for you Vassar and much gratitude for the music you brought to my life.
Fran Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boulder, CO USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:02:14 (EDT)
Vassar's music is eternal
Ann C. Radcliffe <email@example.com>
Siler City, NC USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 09:00:02 (EDT)
I'm so very sorry to hear of Vassar's declining health. I'm 53, my beautiful wife of 34 years Chris passed away May 1st of that terrible disease. Just remember Millie and family,when Vassar passes, he is going to a better place than this, imagine the jam sessions he will have up there!!! There must be one heck of a band and audience too up there because the Lord sure does take the best. My wife will surely go visit them all! May God take Vassar when He feels he is ready, may the Lord put his hands on you, Vassars family and give you peace and tranquility in the period ahead. The Lord was with me every step of the way with my dear Chris. I was a bit of a back slider until she got sick and the Lord put His arm around me and my family and helped us through this terrible time. Vassar will be missed by us all, but his music, his legend will live on. I will watch him again to day on that wonderful third "Circle" DVD. Again, I'm so sorry to hear the news. All the best to you all from the Sutton family up here on the West Coast of Canada.
Surrey, BC Canada - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 08:50:08 (EDT)
God bless and keep you. Thank you so much for the gift you have shared with the world.
Cindy Friesland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Salem, VA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 08:46:56 (EDT)
I have only just recently been introduced to Vassar's music and it saddens me to know his time is here. Vassar, his family, friends, and band members are all in my prayers. God's speed
Jodi Cornelius <email@example.com>
Derrick City, PA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 08:23:56 (EDT)
REST WELL MY FRIEND, MILLIE IS WAITING FOR YOU AT THE GATES.
ROB THOMSON <RBTHOMSON@TMAIL.COM>
FAIR HAVEN, NJ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 08:00:30 (EDT)
God bless and keep you, Mr Clements. You made so many of us happy, and touched more souls than you will ever know.
Jim Pipkin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 07:50:57 (EDT)
My wife and I have loved Vassar's music for 3 decades now, and I hold Vassar up to my budding 14 year old violinist daughter as the epitome of violin musicianship.
Our family's prayers are with Vassar and his family.
Bob Page <email@example.com>
Sunderland, MD USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 07:43:48 (EDT)
Blessings of peace to you and your family. What abundant joy you provide to your fans on the planet...
Play on, amazing fiddle man!
With deep respect, love and admiration from yer pals at Bluegrass Anonymous, the Louisville Bluegrass Music Association
Louisville, KY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 07:41:11 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for everything you have done, you have been an inspiration to all.
Gary Pierce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Germantown, TN USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 07:38:06 (EDT)
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. My the good Lord ease your suffering as your playing has, no doubt, eased the suffering of many in the past, and will in the future.
In any tract of life there are a few, very few people that you only have to mention thier first name and they are instantly reconized. Vassar is one of those names.
Cliff Timmons <CLTimmons@aol.com>
Half Way, MO USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 07:31:55 (EDT)
Prayers and hope Vassar, to you and your family for the next step. Your family might want to read "Final Gifts", it helps.
Hilary West <email@example.com>
Toronto, ON Canada - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 06:54:46 (EDT)
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Take Care,
Gary Oberbeck <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 05:04:18 (EDT)
On behalf of the British Bluegrass Music Association...I applaude your decision, wish you tranquility, the gentle sound of the angels wings -and the warm smile of your God.
Hopefully you and your family will feel the love of your extended worldwide music family...and gain strength and comfort from their thoughts and prayers.
Kindest wishes, Dee
Dee Hallett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chilworth, Hampshire England - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 04:45:56 (EDT)
Godspeed now...peace and love be with you and yours. thank you for what you have given.
Jess Pope <Jesspope@msn.com>
Flagstaff, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 02:34:16 (EDT)
I just want to thank you for all the wonderful music. God bless you
Ray Peterson <email@example.com>
Oro Valley, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 01:22:31 (EDT)
May the peace of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus be upon you Vassar. So much joy and beauty you have brought to generations. Now it is your turn to rest with our Lord. Christ tells us that he has prepared for us mansions, I pray that we will see you there, Amen.
John P Watts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mesa, AZ USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 01:21:45 (EDT)
Sorry to hear about Vassar. Our prayers for the family
J D Cannon <email@example.com>
Pearl, Ms USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 01:01:26 (EDT)
God's blessings on you and you family. Thank you for the everlasting joy you've brought me.
Jim Sliff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hermosa Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 00:42:02 (EDT)
Thank you for all the years of great music. You are and always will be one of the best fiddlers. God Bless You and Your Family.
Michael Beasley <email@example.com>
Goodman, MO USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 00:39:30 (EDT)
Vassar: I have signed this guest book before, so I don't want to be a hog or anything, but it seems appropriate at this moment to thank you for all the years of great music, and the inspiration you have set in motion for many young musicians. I wish you godspeed, and peace to your family.
Howard G. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 00:16:43 (EDT)
Vassar, you've been an inspiration in my life as well as countless others. The world is a much richer place with all that you've given us through the years.
Brad Apple <>
TN USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 00:01:50 (EDT)
Baseball fans have people like Cal Ripken to watch and to prove that God loves baseball....We have Vassar Clements..
Mark Delaney <email@example.com>
Odenton, Md USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 23:59:51 (EDT)
I have enjoyed your fiddling
over the years. I saw you when
you were with Jim & Jessee
May God Bless you
Allen Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Toxey, Al USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 23:45:43 (EDT)
Dear Vassar: Your fiddle playing has inspired me and brought me great joy over many years. Peace be upon you in all ways.
Thanks for all you've done to bring joy to so many!
Neal Loevinger <email@example.com>
swampscott, MA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 23:37:29 (EDT)
I wish the best for Vassar in the coming days, and know that he will be well taken care of by the band of heavenly angels. I will not forget the conversations I had with him at the shows at Yoshi's in Berkeley CA, when he played with the DGQ. What a Man....take care, Vassar!
Dan Large <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richmond, CA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 23:11:01 (EDT)
We love you Vassar. You've always been an inspiration and never more so than now. Your courage in the face of all that is happening is incredible. The world is a more beautiful place for all the great music and joy you have brought. I pray God gives you and your family comfort and peace always.
rob hayden <email@example.com>
hollywood, FL USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 23:06:54 (EDT)
Thanks for the virtuosity that I was fortunate enough to witness on stage a few times, and continue to hear on recordings.
You are in my prayers brother. May God's eternal light shine on you and bring you peace and rest.
B. Riley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:47:30 (EDT)
Your music has been a joy and an inspiration to me for forty years. Thank you so much for sharing your great talent with all of us.
I got to meet you a couple of times over thirty years ago when I was living in Chicago. Once when you were touring with the Earl Scruggs Review and once at Bean Blossom when you were performing with John Hartford and Tut Taylor.
I'll treasure those memories and continue to listen to all the wonderful music you left for us. With God's help, maybe I'll get to meet you one more time.
Mark Clark <email@example.com>
Cedar Rapids, IA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:42:33 (EDT)
By the way, every Mayville festival will be dedicated to you, good friend -
Dena & Bill Ward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mayville, NY USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:34:36 (EDT)
We love you Vassar. We join the legions of souls whose lives you've touched and who'll continue to pray for you. Thanks for loving us.
God's Peace to you.
Dena & Bill Ward <email@example.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:29:11 (EDT)
Thanks for all the great music,over the years, Vassar.
Jimmy Warburton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jerusalem, RI USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:19:01 (EDT)
Vassar, Thank you for spending your life sharing your greatest gift with the world. Your music will live with us forever.
Jeffrey D. Mankin <email@example.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:08:08 (EDT)
vassar,this touches me deeply. you are the fiddler i've known the longest (1948)thats still with us & that probably fit's your memory the same. so many fiddler's have come & gone but you were not only the best of them, you were a gentleman all the way & that's the top step of the ladder. if you cross that old river before i do, hang around the gate a little bit cause i'll be right along shortly. just think of all the loved one's been waiting
for you up there where we'll get a new body that pain cant
touch. forever, same old dallas burell as 57 year's ago in the jax. fl,day's.
dallas burell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
decatur, ga. USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:06:11 (EDT)
Hillbilly Jazz put my infant son to sleep, on my shoulder,with us just rollin' with it.Many nights. We love ya,Man!
Joe Tate <email@example.com>
Germantown, MD USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:05:14 (EDT)
Hey, Vassar. Wanted to say hi. You've blessed me and my family with tons of great musical memories down through the years. Thanks. We love you.
David Montague <>
Barling, AR USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 22:02:56 (EDT)
Vassar our hearts are with you my friend, you are forever in our souls. We love you and are thinking about you and your family.
Anthony, Sue, David, Steve, Billy and Danny
Hickory Project <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wellsboro, Pa USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 21:52:10 (EDT)
Peace to you Vassar. I'm honored to have seen you play sir.
Harper Keeler <email@example.com>
eugene, oR USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 21:33:10 (EDT)
We love you Vassar.
Rob Teicher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Waterford, va USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 21:11:30 (EDT)
Rest well Vassar, you were an inspiration to a couple of generations of pickers! Our thoughts are with you.
Jerry Brooks <email@example.com>
Jackson, MS USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 20:42:26 (EDT)
Thank You for the creative style that you contributed to music. YOU ARE A TRUE ARTIST! GOD BLESS YOU.
Joe Trent <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lynchburg, VA. USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 20:28:25 (EDT)
Your music has been an inspiration for many and enjoyed by all. We will keep you in our prayers. We love you.
Jim and Judy
Jim and Judy Malone <email@example.com>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 20:24:10 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm grateful for the times we played together. We did some recording in the 1970s and a live show at Podunk in 2003. Every time I would read any biographical stuff about you, I always couldn't believe your career started so long ago. Your outlook and style make you a much younger person than anyone who could have been playing in the 1940s. We'll meet again!
Your bassic thumper, Tom Gray
Tom Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kensington, MD USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 20:19:46 (EDT)
Your music has been an inspiration and source of pleasure. You are a great cultural icon.
John Rutledge Foster, Jr. <email@example.com>
Horsham, PA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:51:57 (EDT)
Vassar, your friends at HickoryWind.org are all praying for you. And to Vassar's family -- we're praying for you too. God bless you all.
Larry Karnowski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:48:55 (EDT)
You are in our hearts and prayers, heaven's music is about to become even more beautiful! Walter & Nan Davies (Parents of Bryn Bright)
Walter & Nan Davies <email@example.com>
Livermore, CA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:46:24 (EDT)
Bless you Vassar for enlivening us with your talent. Sweet fiddle and always full of energy. God speed.
Elk Grove, CA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:30:33 (EDT)
We had the pleasure of about 20 minutes alone with Vassar backstage in Richmond, VA last year while he was appearing with The John Cowan Band. Valarie and he talked about festivals from N. Florida in the 1970s. His fiddling was really on that day (as if it was ever anything else!) and we danced to his music.
Valarie & Steve
Steve & Valarie Sikes-Nova <MFSB@SAFe-mail.net>
Tidewater, VA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:27:17 (EDT)
Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies
Janet Lee Carpenter <JCarpen688@aol.com>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:14:47 (EDT)
I feel so lucky that I got to meet, hug, smile with, listen to, learn from and be in the amazing presence of Vassar Clements. He took me backstage once to show me his fiddle up close. Goosebumps each and every time I think about that amazing day.
I hope you and your loved ones find peace and strength now and always. I thank you for all you have given me.
Shroomfield, CO USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:12:43 (EDT)
I'll keep you in my prayers Vassar! God is a very present help in time of trouble and He will sustain you!!! May He bless you continually!!!
Gaither Harwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rutherfordton, NC USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 19:05:11 (EDT)
Thank you Vassar for years you spent on this earth creating the music that will live forever. God Bless. Dan T.
Dan Temple <email@example.com>
MA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 18:47:17 (EDT)
god bless you and your family
Brent Modlin <Jcountry76@aol.com>
grimesland, nc USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 18:35:26 (EDT)
god be with you we love you
tim cox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
dublin, va USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:59:41 (EDT)
To Vassar's family: Vassar is loved here, too. My best wishes to you at this difficult time. /Jim Bell
Jim Bell <email@example.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:44:16 (EDT)
We all travel back to Our Loving Creator. Be a peace when He calls. And thanks for your beautiful music here on Earth.
Tom Quinn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:40:29 (EDT)
thank you for sharing your kindness through music. we love you.
mike gowen <email@example.com>
murray, ky USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:21:48 (EDT)
All of our prayers to you, Vassar. You've been an inspiration to so many.
Christopher A. Rascoe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:12:32 (EDT)
I was lucky enough to enjoy Vassar's music both in person and on record from way back thru the 70's to now. God bless you my friend, may he receive you in glory so peacefully to grace eternity with your song. Shine on forever in His grace.
bob pugh <email@example.com>
Newport News, VA USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:07:40 (EDT)
We support you with Prayers, and hopes of joining in with you in a Jam at Heaven's Annual Bluegrass Festival. Your work will be appreciated and imitated forever. God Bless
Don Staib <T5thString@aol.com>
Corinth, TX USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 17:00:59 (EDT)
May you rest peacefully now.
Lori Copeland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Biloxi, MS USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 16:56:05 (EDT)
It is with great sadness we must report to you Vassar's current health situation.
Last week, the doctor had ordered an MRI which showed that the cancer had moved into Vassar's brain.
This development was going to be treated with aggressive radiation. After two days of treatment,
Vassar has decided to stop any further medical intervention.
Vassar is resting comfortably with family and friends. Hospice has been called in
and will be taking care of him once he is out of the hospital. Both Vassar and his family
have been so appreciative of your cards, notes, love and support. We can only ask now that
you all pray for his peaceful passing devoid of suffering and pain.
The family continues to request that no contact be made other than guestbook and prayers.
No phone calls please. Please look to the website for all updates. It also should be mentioned
that all orders for merchandise have not been fulfilled, due to circumstances, and that your
continued patience is deeply appreciated.
We can only pray that Vassar makes this next transition as gracefully as he played
his fiddle. Listen to the mockingbird sing...
God Bless You Vassar!
Laura and Christian <>
Asheville, NC USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 16:45:12 (EDT)
I choose to pray for a complete and wonderful miracle for Vassar. I know that is not what you asked for, but I believe that with God all things are possible. I do pray that he doesn't suffer any more, and that the Lord would find a way in His GREAT MERCY, to look down up Vassar, in time of a great need, and undo the damage of the disease, from his head, to his toes.
I ask all Christians to agree with me, touching this very special petition I make on Vassar's behalf, however, not our will, but God's be done, as our dear Saviour Jesus Christ prayed.
God bless you Vassar. We will always love you and cherish you and your music.
Dj Gracie Muldoon <email@example.com>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 16:43:27 (EDT)
god bless you vassar I hope you are not suffering and resting we4ll
john wensley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
averill park, ny USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 16:40:42 (EDT)
justgot back from trip and emilys, sunshine daydream, for jerrys b-day bash, had a blast. they had an auction of relics stuff and i got a wonderful poster of vassar from the 70's, what a great man, missin you bad buddy, god bless you and your family, peace, love, and happyness, big daddy
james m hughey <email@example.com>
buffalo, ny USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 15:11:32 (EDT)
get well soon
burnsville, nc USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 23:02:48 (EDT)
play texas holdem
play texas holdem <play texas holdem>
play texas holdem, play texas holdem play texas holdem - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 12:23:41 (EDT)
Hey there VASSER! WE NEED ANOTHER CIRCLE ALBUM!!...and old and in the way and hillbilly jazz...PEACE to you and yours from an old timey bluegrass/newgrass picker dobro player, and if it wasn't for someone like you I may have never found this style of music. GET WELL SOON,peace,rc
randal chuck cranor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CAVE JUNCTION, OR USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 00:35:04 (EDT)
I saw some "penguins" at a school crossing yesterday and I though of being with Vassar a few years ago and he referred to the crossing guards as penguins because of their black and white uniforms. Get well...Now!!! We're thinking of you.
Rick and Kim Campbell <email@example.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 21:42:44 (EDT)
With times lookin' tough for ya' Vassar, there are still alot of friends out there who
are pulling for you to get through these difficult days.
Your goodness and the goodness of your music will always be in the hearts of many. You are legendary.
Rev. Mosier is playing at Freebirds tonight and I'm sute there'll be mention of what a fine person you are.
Rev. Jeff sang the National Anthem at the Braves game this past Monday. I know that
would make you proud. Best Regards to Vassar, Midge, and Family from the Macon crowd.
John Charles Griffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Macon, GA USA - Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 20:43:51 (EDT)
Ever since meeting you at the first Mayville Bluegrass Festival you've been a musical hero and a major influence on my playing. I learned how to kick off my mandolin breaks via listening to your fiddling. Stay strong, and know that everyone's pulling for you. Take care.
Lancaster, PA USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 21:37:50 (EDT)
we love your music and miss you greatly. hope you are back to playing soon. love you and God bless you
st charles, mo USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 18:34:36 (EDT)
May the Peace of God be w/ you and in you during this difficult time. We sure miss you at the festivals. Look forward to hearing you pick again real soon. Thanks for all the joy you've given me & mine the last 30 years. XOXOXO
Trish Gatto <email@example.com>
Harvard, ma USA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 09:11:29 (EDT)
I hope you've been feeling the power cause there are so many festivals missing you - MAG MidWest,Telluride, Rocky Grass & on & on forever.. .. I know you feel the power cause it's thousands upon thousands of positive, full of love caring thoughts directed right at you.. .. all these souls that have been touched by your special music as well as the magic of your person .. .. just know you are loved & thought about every minute of every day around the world & back. the Maxwells miss you more than words can tell
Max & Vic <>
GA - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 08:26:04 (EDT)
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linan, Õã½ China - Friday, August 05, 2005 at 06:58:08 (EDT)
have ben following you since my childhood days want to tell you that you never fail to imprees us good luck
burke, va USA - Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 10:04:05 (EDT)
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOU VASSAR, MET AND TALKED TO YOU ON YOUR 72ND BIRTHDAY IN BROOKLYN, N.Y.BACKSTAGE, SOMETHING I WILL CHERISH THE REST OF MY LIFE. SITTING WITH YOU LISTENING IN ON YOUR PHONE CALL WITH JORMA TWO MUSICAL GIANTS. MORE IMPORTANT A TRUE GENTLEMAN.BE WELL MY FRIEND.
ROB THOMSON <RTHOMSON@TMAIL.COM>
FAIR HAVEN, NJ USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 12:47:14 (EDT)
you are one of the reasons i play fiddle. i hope you have peace and wish you all the best.
Mark Kreitzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
minneapolis, mn USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 10:47:15 (EDT)
Vassar, so sorry to here about your cancer. Your musical inspiration has at times carried me through difficulty. Hopefully this tiny message from a tiny musician will help in some way to carry you. God bless Vassar!!!
Gerald Feenan <Gerald.Feenan2cesu.k12.vt.us>
Richmond, VT USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 10:43:07 (EDT)
Mr. Clements, I am so sorry to hear of your illness. I've recently rediscovered my Old and In The Way CD, just can't get enough of it, and went on line to learn more about this amazing, amazing fiddle player. All the best to you and I wish you a speedy recovery. -Jenny Freeman
Jenny Freeman <email@example.com>
Kittery, me USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 08:30:04 (EDT)
dad-bime it's great to see steve davidowski's name.
vassar, hang in there. if there's anyone who can beat this thing it's you.
another road trip memory or two (which steve will remember as well)...
being up in the hills of new jersey after playing the stanhope house-- and the transmission in the bus starts going out.
other people would call 1-800-tow-buss, but not vassar! no, i remember pulling the curtains back from my bunk and there's vassar on the floor, with the floor of the bus pulled up, and working on the transmission. and you got it to work!
there's also the time when we were in a best western in west virginia for a few days and the snack machine in the hotel would get stuck and be like an open candy store.
one day i walked around the corner and there's a famous musician on his hands and knees in front of the snack machine.
well, at first i thought 'maybe he's praying to the great snickers bar,' but then he saw me and said "ric, don't just stand there, come here and help!"
needless to say, the bus had enough sugar to last five-years!
but the best memory from the best western was the night when we spent many hours in a bottom floor room jamming-- vassar, john hartford, merle travis, jimmy tipton, steve davidowski on piccalo, and I was playing brushes on the phone book.
those are the moments most people don't get to see. and those are the moments when the magic of vassar clements really shines.
hang in there vassar.
ric ward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
douglasville, ga USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 23:11:13 (EDT)
hope you are feeling ok although i know from my wife having to go thru it,that it's
hard to feel anything but bad on chemo. however,if you're able to force a chuckle, i have a cherished road trip memory (one of many with you back in the early 80,s). 1st of all,the closest thing to a "cuss" word that i ever heard you say was "dad bim"& this was one of those times.now,last time i checked ,"dad bim" along with "dad gum" is accepted in heaven while there is some doubt about fiddlin'.ok, the story---we were traveling thru
some mountainous desert in california?-wyoming?-4th dimension-who knows? you remember dorsey,(nashville's version of ringo starr).he was the driver & threw us around in our bunks like we were a load of chickens that needed to get to market pronto. so you came out of your state room , stopped, lit your pipe,and said "dorsey, get some sleep"
you were already tired from the late gig & of course being slung around the night before.so you puffed on the pipe a couple of times and marched on down the aisle like a captain resigned to his fate to tame the big silver whale.i can't remember if you put your lit pipe in your pocket or not(it's beyond me how you never branded your (( by setting your pants on fire). ok ,so you drove maybe an hour when millie opens the door of the stateroom, sticks her little blonde canary head out and drawls "vaaaasar, i want a hot dog! your annoyed reply-"millie! we're out in the middle of the desert,a hundred miles away from anything , it's 2a.am.-- if you see a dad-bim hot dog stand out there then i'll stop! ah memories-- hang in there your're in my thoughts later p.s midge you'r a trooper later s.
steve davidowski <email@example.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 19:55:48 (EDT)
Vassar I finally got to see you play at Beanblossom last Sept. and your music made me cry it was so good. You are the best darn fiddle player in the world. But when I met you up at your booth and you took the time to kindly pose for a picture I knew you are a good decent man. Thanks for everything and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully you'll have us all waltzing and swinging again soon. God Bless you, Vassar Clements.
Indy, USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 18:21:20 (EDT)
So sorry to hear of your illness. Hang in there and know a lot of us are praying for you. Hey, I saw you and your band play in Cookeville, Tenn., back in the mid-'70s. Great show except for the drunk guy in the crowd who kept hollering "Orange Blossom Special!" Probably happens about every show. Vassar, when I hear your fiddling I think the same thing I do when I hear Tony Rice take a break on guitar: not so much "How does he do it?" as "How does he even manage to hear something so sophisticated in his head before actually putting it out through the instrument?" You amaze me. Hang in and hang on and know you've got thousands upon thousands of admiring friends pulling for you.
Cameron Judd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greeneville, TN USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 13:22:09 (EDT)
Hey Vassar - Your old buddy Danny Coane of The Starline Rhythm Boys up here in Vermont thinking about ya. Was just listening to you with Jim & Jesse and Bobby Thompson (bless his soul)on the old Starday stuff. Anyway, you are in my thoughts and prayers, along with Midge and all the rest of your family. Everybody is pulling for you, Vassar. All my best, Danny C
Danny Coane <email@example.com>
Montpelier, VT USA - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 12:00:14 (EDT)
wanted to share this w/ the others when they read, which helped make this otherwise, cloudy day, a bit sunnier. Love you, miss you, we all do. Bless you and everything you feel, think and do! Bless Midge and George and Carroll and all the staff for helping you when you need it most!
"His essence today is youthful and vigorous; in "fine fiddle" so to speak. We can certainly agree that his musical genius comes directly from the universal creative energy, of which we are all a part. And that too remains undiminished"
GA USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 14:45:17 (EDT)
Please know that there are so many who've been touched by your basic dacency as a person, and by your music, which is genius on earth!
Thanks for years of GREAT fiddlin'! PEACE
Andy, Case & Corinne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Titusville, Fl USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 11:14:50 (EDT)
Just a note to let you know that Peter Rowan dedicatd a song to you yesterday at the Rockygrass festival... 3500 folks were thinkin of you.
Mike Kearney <email@example.com>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 02:12:37 (EDT)
I had you were sick:( Hope you feel better soon. Your in my prayers. PEACE! stella
salamanca, ny USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 14:23:49 (EDT)
I'll never forget seeing a tribute to "Old and In the Way" with the legandary Vassar Clements at Telluride in 1996. After listening to the album "Old & In the Way" for so many years and to see em all except for old Jer'was a muscial memory I'll never forget. Peace and Love
Mark E. Caban <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 13:17:51 (EDT)
Vassar, the first time I saw you was back with John Hartford, Tut Taylor, and Norman Blake at a Philly Folk Fester when you'd all just done "Aereoplane". You guys were lots younger then than I am now. What a group. I remember a club just north of San Diego, as The Vassar Clements Band, when you had Susie Monick (an old dear friend) on banjo. And then, I'll never forget you at that great Aereoplane Reunion show in Troy, NY, the last time I saw John Hartford. I loved that show, but went home bawling my head off, since it was pretty obvious that I'd never talk to John again. Aahhh, but the show about 1 1/2 years ago, with Old and in the Gray in Ithaca ... a great show. I took a lot of photos of that one, and someone sent me a disc recording of the show. Vassar, if you'd like a recording of that show, or the Troy Aereoplane reunion show, or my photos of the OAITG Ithaca show, just write and ask. (No, I'm not circulating them to the general public, but they're yours if you'd like them.) Something to listen to as you recuperate.
So I'm waiting to see you on the stage again. Just let us know when you're up to it. I'm very confident that this WILL happen, as it was meant to be.
So get well soon, but don't rush it either. With all my prayers.
Mark R. Sukoenig, OD <email@example.com>
De Witt, NY USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 20:11:31 (EDT)
Hey there Mr. Clements and family, please know that many of us are thinking about you. Keep on being strong.
no one special <>
Sloonerville, FL USA - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 15:34:26 (EDT)
Vassar, one of the hightlights of our career was playing with you when you played at Banks & Shane's in Atlanta in the 1980's. Paul and I send our best wishes for your recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes, good luck, and Godspeed.
Banks & Shane
Banks & Shane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Roswell, GA USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 14:45:54 (EDT)
Vassar...We know about the Joint Snake, Hoop Snake, and Coach Whip Snake, don't we? Hope this week is a good one for you.
Rick and Kim Campbell <email@example.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 21:12:34 (EDT)
Anxious to hear an update, hope it will be a good one. We're pulling for you, Vassar. Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 20:43:08 (EDT)
You are great but having it at the Madrid Theatre is bad. The sound doesn't sound right in there. Parking sucks. And I saw a drug dealing going on as I was going to the Madrid Theatre in Kansas City. Please have it at another place or I and my friends wont be there to watch you. Sorry.
overland park, ks USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 16:30:57 (EDT)
Wanted you to know that your musicianship and expressive playing has influenced me greatly over the years. I play guitar, but try my best to emulate the expressive nature of your playing. Still working on the great first fiddle break in the Hobo Song from '73.
You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Mike Usher <email@example.com>
Asheville, NC USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 11:21:03 (EDT)
jimmy ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
atlanta, ga USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 09:59:47 (EDT)
THANK YOU FOR SO MANY HOURS OF
THOMAS JOHNSON <email@example.com>
HUEYTOWN, AL USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 17:51:12 (EDT)
Vassar, you are in my thoughts. Your work on Areo Plain was my first walk in bluegrass, I learned swing with Hillbilly Jazz and was very happy to meet you at a show by Butch Triplett in Hickory, NC. Your kindness and sincere love of music is special to all that listen to your music. You hang in there!
joe hill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
claremont, NC USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 12:12:16 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, I hope you are hanging in there and getting stronger. I've interviewed you a couple of times for shows up in Vermont and in Washington, DC and for a story I did on Old and in the Way. I really appreciate how gracious you were. I really enjoyed our conversations. I also wanted to tell you how much my children love your playing. My daughter is 11 and my son is almost 7. To my son you are the reason to come to the Podunk Bluegrass Festival every year. He was completely captivated by your playing at the workshop you did with Taylor Armiding. We will miss you very much. I hope you will be strong enough to make it next year. You will always be in our thoughts and hearts.
Kris Garnjost <email@example.com>
Windsor, VT USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 00:07:25 (EDT)
I try to scratch around on a fiddle some so, therefore, I love your music(I know that's a given). I heard that you had cancer and just wanted to say that you do have my prayers. Thanks for always stretching the limits of fiddling. You defined "tastefully wild". I can't wait to catch another one of your shows, watching and listening desperately trying to catch a lick.
William Sears <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 04:32:09 (EDT)
We wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and hearts. We will always cherish all those great shows we've been fortunate enough to have seen. There are few musicians who can express the soul of music that Vassar does so easily. We have always been amazed at the diversity he is capable of. All of us here at Ziggy's are thinking of you both and are praying for Papa's speedy recovery.
Mark & Celeste Bloomfield <email@example.com>
westfield, nc USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 20:18:27 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm happy when I hear your music.
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 09:27:23 (EDT)
Vassar, you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 09:25:27 (EDT)
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 09:23:36 (EDT)
Vassar, I just want to let you know that your music has always meant a lot to me.
USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 09:21:58 (EDT)
You may remember Marlon, the young 9 year old (at the time) you met and played with at the "rock" club in Denver a couple years ago. We are aware, at the notice of this web site, of the recent news. Please know we are and have been lifting you up in prayer to the Ultimate Physician, Jesus Christ! You are and were such a Blessing to Marlon on that visit to Denver. We keep you in our hearts and prayers! By the way, Marlon's expertise has now expanded from Texas fiddling to Old tyme, scottish and swedish fiddling. He has become close friends with Wayne Henderson and Our Lord continues to Bless his musical journey, just as He did when Marlon had the opportunity to hold Vasilli in his hands and play. We pray for God's Grace and will for you. It is in His name we hold those who have Blessed our lives in our hearts!
Patti and Marlon!
Highlands Ranch, CO USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 02:31:47 (EDT)
Best wishes to you and your family-I hope you feel better,so I can hear more of your premier fiddling. Thank You- Dano
Robert Antini <>
P.O. box 212 North Salem, NY USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 23:31:29 (EDT)
vassar, you are truly one of my heros. like col. bruce always says when he introduces you, i believe you are the one who invented music. i have met you several times have pictures with you, last talked to you in tallahasse back in dec. at larry rice benefit. saw darol anger at a festival a couple of weeks ago, whenever we get together we always talk about you and great music. i'm sending loads of love and prayers your way for a speedy recovery, until we meet again, a fiddle tune will always be in my heart. love ya michael!!!!
michael walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
woodstock, ga. USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 21:29:05 (EDT)
Does anyone here know how I can reach Midge? I've tried every reasonable means (phone, fax, e-mail, snail mail) and I have not received a reply. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I need to reach her ASAP. Thank you.
TJ McFarland <email@example.com>
Tulsa, OK USA - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 17:24:03 (EDT)
I have seen you play many times and even played fiddle with you a few times when you were here for the Mayville Bluegrass Festival in past years. As a fiddler you are a GREAT inspiration to me and I will always treasure what I learn from you. Playing fiddle with you is one of the greatest experiences of my life. Thank you and good luck!!!!
Amanda Barton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jamestown, NY USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 22:03:02 (EDT)
Keep on playin'...
Keep up that stance...
Rest when ya' got ta' but...
Don't stop for long...
Don Haynes <email@example.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, July 22, 2005 at 13:36:43 (EDT)
Vassar we met you once and that was all it took to understand what a kind & caring person you are.
It was in St Louis Mo. 2004 while you were doing a show with John Cowan. We were invited back stage to visit with john and it ended up to be you that made us feel so welcome and very at ease while we were there.
You never met us before but that did not matter to you it was like we were old friends and we thank you for that.
It was a lesson on how to treat folks no matter who or where you are.
God Bless you and we wish the best for you.
Gary & Colleen <>
USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 17:01:43 (EDT)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. We need more performers like you, with your energy and enthusiasim for all kinds of music. I've seen you numerous times at Suwanee and twice i Sav., Ga. Hoep to get to see you again.
You will be in my prayers for a quick recovery.
Ed Grimm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
bennington, vt USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 12:30:48 (EDT)
Box Of Rain
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Phil Lesh
Look out of any window
Any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
Birds are winging, no rain is falling from a heavy sky
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
For this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago
Walk out of any doorway
Feel your way like the day before
Maybe you'll find direction
Around some corner where it's been waiting to meet you
What do you want me to do
To watch for you while you're sleeping?
Then please don't be surprised when you find me dreaming too
Look into any eyes
You find by you; you can see clear to another day
Maybe been seen before
Through other eyes on other days while going home
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago
Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land
Maybe you're tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
To do for you, to see you through?
A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through
Just a box of rain, wind and water
Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on
Sun and shower, wind and rain
In and out the window like a moth before a flame
And it's just a box of rain, I don't know who put it there
Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare
And it's just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there
Jeff Wulz <email@example.com>
Cleveland, TN USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 21:34:35 (EDT)
Vassar, I just want to let you know that your music has always meant a lot to me.You are probably the first fiddle player I could instantly recognize after a note or two.It was through your work with the "Circle"album,David Bromberg,and Old and in the Way that I became familiar with "your" style.I had a chance to see you in Sandy Springs(Atlanta)in the early to mid 80's with Banks & Shane.After the show,you told me the history of your fiddle and how getting it made for one of your best Christmas's ever.When you asked if I wanted to hold it,I said no thanks, but I'd love to take a couple of pictures of it.I was overwhelmed with your kindness and trust!!Ten or fifteen years later I passed you in the hall of the Chattanooga Choo Choo and you said "It's good to see you!"I asked you if you were still playing the fiddle John Hartford gave you (I guess my seats werent that good)Since then, there have been many special moments at The Spirit Of The Suwannee we all shared...thanks !!!
What a special place...I always thought of it as your home turf.For me,its one of those places I can "visit" easily without even going there.
Love & Peace
(to you and your's)
Jeff Wulz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cleveland, TN USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 21:29:19 (EDT)
hey vassar,I have been a big fan since i picked up on yu in the seventies. i play the fiddle and have played in bands doing trad scottish stuff and always loved the way you could bend those notes and make the fiddle jump around like a drum whilst getting the sweet tone at the same time. i sound like one hell of a groupie, but this is just a thank you for your inspiration over the years....all the best and keep it countrry!!!
edinburgh, scotland - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 20:39:52 (EDT)
Oh Vassar. You should have felt a huge surge of love this past weekend. That was coming from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival crowd. While there I bragged about receiving a birthday kiss from you on my 19th, then again 25 years later. I was going to hit you up again in Podunk next month. Hey, all you'd have to do is say "no". You didn't have to go through all this! Hope you feel better and stronger every day.
Karen Hanson <Karen247@sbcglobal.net>
Shelton, CT USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 18:05:35 (EDT)
Vassar, a very dear friend,Peace in Christ be with you. Romans 5: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace in which we now stand.
Saugatuck, mi USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 15:53:08 (EDT)
Back in the 6th grade I was lucky enough to be able to join the "Bluegrass club" made up of only a few fiddlers. It was a lot of fun back then, but my love for the music definately has much to do with Vassar Clements. His sweet fiddlin' just awes me! At the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival there were dedications from the main stage going out to you. I wish you all the best in your recovery and wish for you the opportunity to play on!
Melissa Bertrand <email@example.com>
Brookhaven, NY USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 14:00:13 (EDT)
Thinking of you and your family and friends, Vassar. You know you've got thousands of friends around the world wishing you the best right now. I'm playing tunes on WNCW-FM as I type, with you in mind. My mom battled lung cancer this past fall and winter, so I have *some* idea of what you might be going through. Keep up that great strength, humility, and faith of yours.
Martin Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Spindale, NC USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 12:44:12 (EDT)
What an awsome site and band. You guys are awesome!
Edward Starman <email@example.com>
Little Rock, AR USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 09:15:53 (EDT)
Vassar~ you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Be well, take care of yourself and make it to Magfest :)
with much love and respect...
Gulfport, FL USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 16:38:08 (EDT)
I was in a mandolin workshop with Sam Bush and he told us that you were battling cancer. Best wishes to you. Your music has been an inspiration and a real gift to the world.
Pam Warren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sudbury, MA USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 05:55:51 (EDT)
So sorry to learn of your diagnosis. Most important now is to focus on the positive prospects for a speedy and complete recovery. Your contributions to my career as a mentor have been a true blessing and I am definately pulling for you. God bless you Vassar,
Ed Kuntz <email@example.com>
Indialantic, FL USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 22:48:30 (EDT)
I'm a 10 year old fiddler who loves the way you play!
Fiddlin Matt Scutchfield <>
Plymouth, IN USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 22:39:03 (EDT)
Hang in there Vassar! We are all hoping the best for you and all of your family.
Dean Hample <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ThunderBay, Ontario Canada - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 10:46:57 (EDT)
Dear Vassar and Midge:
As I type this, I am listening to Vassar and Tony Rice on 'The Bluegrass Guitar Album'. At his very moment, as well, my mother is going through her third chemo treatment for lung cancer. One of the highest points of my musical life was at the Blue Ridge Harvestfest, when Vassar spoke to me directly from the stage. I know that he could never remember who I am, but I want him to know how exciting it was, and how meaningful it was. His humility is a shining example to all talented people. I am remembering you in prayers. May God uplift you both, and bless you with His peace.
Jeff Odem <email@example.com>
Ellijay, GA USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 10:25:04 (EDT)
I first attended one of your shows in a small room in Marrietta, Oh in 1981, and that room was full of joy I remember vividly until this day.....Thank You!!
Our families prayers and thoughts to you...God bless. Hope to see you @ Nelson Ledges in the future....JS
Jimmy Sparks <jrsparks@firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 12:43:45 (EDT)
JULY 14, 2005 (PAPA?S HEALTH UPDATE)
MIDGE HERE?.FIRST OF ALL LET ME SAY THAT ON TUESDAY, JULY 12TH IT
WAS 7 YEARS AGO THAT MOM DIED. TO ME IT SEEMS AS IF IT WERE
YESTERDAY AND I MISS HER DEEPLY. THERE?S ?NEVER? A DAY
THAT PASSES I DON?T THINK OF HER. I KNOW SHE IS MY HERO AND MY
SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE MY LAST UPDATE ON PAPA IN JUNE. AS
MENTIONED IN THE LAST UPDATE HIS CHEMO WAS DELAYED DUE TO HIS LOW
THANKFULLY, PAPA WAS ABLE TO RESUME HIS 5TH ROUND/CYCLE OF CHEMO ON
TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22ND, AND THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD.
ON TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST HE HAD A CHEST X-RAY WHICH CLEARLY SHOWED A
SMALL AMOUNT OF FLUID IN BOTH LUNGS. MORE IN HIS LEFT LUNG THAN THE
RIGHT. ALTHOUGH, TO THIS DAY PAPA STILL BATTLES HAVING FLUID IN HIS
LUNGS BUT IS ON LASIX THAT HELPS BRING THE FLUID OFF.
USUALLY, AFTER HIS CHEMO TREATMENTS EVEN THOUGH HIS ONCOLOGIST HAS
REDUCED THE DOSAGE IT TAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ENERGY OUT OF
PAPA LEAVING HIM VERY WEAK AT TIMES. THANKFULLY, HE STILL HAS AN
APPETITE AND WILL DRINK FLUIDS AS HE SHOULD. PAPA?S EVEN GOT TO
WHERE HE DRINKS PRO SURE WITH ICE CREAM IN IT THAT IS ?VERY?
NUTRIOUS FOR HIM.
WE RETURNED TO THE ONCOLOGIST FOR AN OFFICE VISIT ON TUESDAY, JUNE
28TH AND AS A RESULT OF HIS 5TH ROUND/CYCLE OF CHEMO CAUSED HIS
HEMATOCRIT (RED BLOOD CELLS) TO DROP. HE WAS GIVEN AN ARANESP SHOT
FOR ANEMIA THAT HELPS THE RED BLOOD CELLS BUT WE WERE ALSO ADVISED
HE WOULD NEED ANOTHER TRANSFUSION. SO, ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29TH
GEORGE AND I TOOK PAPA TO THE HOSPITAL AS AN OUTPATIENT FOR 2 UNITS
OF RED BLOOD CELLS. IT USUALLY TAKES 3 TO 3 l/2 HOURS FOR EACH UNIT
OF BLOOD, SO IT MAKES FOR A LONG TIRING DAY OF 6 TO 8 HOURS. ONE
GOOD THING IS THAT WITH ALL OF THE TRANSFUSIONS (WHICH HAVE BEEN
QUITE A BIT) THAT PAPA HAS ENDURED SINCE HIS CHEMO STARTED, HE
HASN?T EXPERIENCED A REACTION TO THE DONOR?S BLOOD.
THAT?S A BLESSING IN ITSELF!!!
THE ONCOLOGIST DECIDED FOR PAPA TO HAVE A CT SCAN ON THURSDAY, JULY
7TH. HE HAD ORDERED THE CT SCAN OF THE CHEST AND ABDOMINAL AREA.
SO THAT MORNING THE SCAN WAS DONE AND IN THE AFTERNOON WE SAW HIS
ONCOLOGIST FOR THE RESULTS.
WE WERE GIVEN THE NEWS THE CT SCAN SHOWED THAT THERE WAS MUCH
IMPROVEMENT WITH THE MASS IN PAPA?S LUNG, IN FACT ALMOST GONE IN
COMPARISION WITH THE LAST CT SCAN. HOWEVER, THERE HAS BEEN ?NO
DRAMATIC CHANGE? WITH THE CANCER IN HIS LIVER. AS HIS ONCOLOGIST
PUT IT, IT?S ?MOST CONCERNING.?
SO, AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT IT?S BEST
FOR PAPA NOT TO HAVE ANY MORE CHEMO AT THIS TIME. HIS BODY CAN?T
TOLERATE ANOTHER ROUND AND HIS BODY NEEDS A REST FROM IT. THE
ONCOLOGIST TOLD PAPA HE?S NOT GIVING UP HOPE. THEY WILL MONITOR
HIM CLOSELY, REPEAT CT SCANS POSSIBLY EVERY 6 TO 8 WEEKS AND EVEN AT
SOME POINT THERE COULD POSSIBLY BE A CHANCE TO RESUME A DIFFERENT
REGIMEN OF CHEMO.
SINCE HIS BLOOD PRESSURE IS STILL FLUCTUATING THEY?VE MADE AN
ADJUSTMENT, EVEN CHANGED ONE OF HIS BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS. THE
FLUID THAT IS IN HIS LUNGS WILL STILL BE MONITORED WITH A CHEST X-
RAY. OUR NEXT OFFICE VISIT IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 29TH.
YESTERDAY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH PAPA HAD AN OFFICE VISIT TO CHECK
HIS BLOOD COUNTS AND THEY WERE STABLE ENOUGH THAT HE DIDN?T
REQUIRE TO HAVE AN ARANESP SHOT. THAT WAS VERY UPLIFTING FOR HIM.
PAPA STILL REMAINS TO BE ON 3 LITERS OF OXYGEN. WHEN HE WALKS FOR
EXERCISE IN THE HOUSE FOR 5 MINUTES WITHOUT OXYGEN IT WILL DROP TO
THE MID TO LOW 80?S. THE OXYGEN SHOULD BE 90 AND ABOVE. HE
STILL REMAINS TO SLEEP IN HIS HOSPITAL BED FOR HE SAYS RIGHT NOW
IT?S MOST COMFORTABLE.
?I? KNOW THAT IF I DIDN?T HAVE MY FAITH AND GOD IN MY
EVERYDAY LIFE THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE PAPA?S
PRIMARY CAREGIVER. AS A RESULT OF MOM?S DEATH, MY LIFE HAS CHANGED
FOREVER. THE FIGHT AND DETERMINATION I HAVE IS ?ONLY? DUE TO
THE FAITH AND SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLING WITHIN ME. SPEAKING FOR MYSELF
I ?TRY? TO DO LESS WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE MAY BRING
REGARDING PAPA?S HEALTH, ALTHOUGH IT?S NOT ALWAYS SO EASY. I
KNOW WITHIN MY HEART THE OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES WE?RE DEALT IN
LIFE AREN?T ALWAYS EASY. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT ?WE ALL?
CAN OVERCOME THEM IF WE TURN IT OVER TO GOD FOR HE MUST BE IN THE
GOD?S BLESSED ME WITH THE STRENGTH, CONFIDENCE, AND CONTENTMENT
TO FIND GRACE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME WITH PAPA. GOD?S ALSO
GIVEN ME THE LOVE, POWER AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE FIGHT OF THE
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS I?VE ENDURED AND THAT?S BECAUSE OF MY
STRONG CONVICTION. GOD?S POWER HAS NO EQUAL AND HIS GRACE IS
IN CLOSING, PAPA VERY MUCH HAS HIS FAITH AND TURNS TO GOD FOR HIS
STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE. ALTHOUGH GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTACHES AND
DISAPPOINTMENTS WE KNOW WHAT IS HERE ON EARTH IS TEMPORARY AND NOT
IN CLOSING, I THANK THOSE OF YOU AS WELL AS PAPA AGAIN FOR THE MANY
CARDS, PRAYERS, EMAILS, LETTERS AND GUESTBOOK ENTRIES ON THE
WEBSITE. AS I?VE SAID BEFORE IT?S ?OVERWHELMING.?
PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP PAPA AND OUR FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYER?S.
BEST WISHES AND
LOVE TO ALL,
Laura (for Midge) <>
Asheville, NC USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 11:17:34 (EDT)
hey, i know july's a bad month but it's time to get all this stuff behind us & gouge that old "deuf" back under your chin & polute planet earth with rosin dust.
right? right. same old dallas burell.
dallas burell <email@example.com>
decatur , ga. USA earth - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 07:13:28 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I hope you are feeling better. I called my sister after reading about your illness, and I started crying. I apologized to her for crying about someone I don't even know, but she said "You know him through his music." Your music has always had an uplifting effect on me. If I'm happy when I hear it, it makes me happier, and if I'm sad, it makes me feel better. Thank you for that. You are the most awesome of musicians. I hope you will be well soon.
Debra McEntee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ukiah, CA USA - Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 00:01:55 (EDT)
Still thinking about you buddy. Get well soon!
Rick and Kimberley Campbell <email@example.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 22:12:43 (EDT)
Vassar, in your time of illness I wish you all the best as you get well. Your music has brought me and countless others so much. Thanks for all the fiddlin'!!
john swanson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 11:20:42 (EDT)
Vassar - Still remember that evening in the late 70's. You invited me aboard the bus just prior to your show at the Country Aire in Appleton, WI. You even let me hold your fiddle. I still feel the hair on my neck rise when I hear your playing. We all pray for you and wish you well my friend.
Scott Wenzel <>
Tempe, AZ USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 20:06:31 (EDT)
Fiddle music is my favorite stuff, thanks to you.
Roger Stowers <email@example.com>
Wisconsin Dells, WI USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 19:09:05 (EDT)
Hope this day finds you feeling better than before. Still praying for your recovery. Hope to read an update soon.
mary haskins <>
USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 12:28:54 (EDT)
I know it's been said so many
times but Mr.Clements you are
such an inspiration as a fine
fiddler and to anyone who's
had a chance to meet you will
back me up that your a world
class gentleman and I feel
blessed to have met you at
your shows. I still have your
old shoulder rest from a
concert in London Ontario
in the early 80's and will
never part with it.
Get well and we'll keep you
in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlie St Denis
Charlie St Denis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tilbury, Ont. Canada - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 22:18:58 (EDT)
Wishes to a fast and speedy recovery going out to you.
Phillip Cray <email@example.com>
Ashland, KY USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 19:14:29 (EDT)
You are in my prayers. Cancer is nobody's friend. I will always be grateful for your masterful touch on my last recording project. It would not have been the same without you! You are the MAN!!!
I want to see you soon,
Your brother in Christ and friend on earth,
Don Rigsby <>
Isonville, KY USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 17:59:41 (EDT)
Been a fan of your fiddle playing many years,get well soon.
Ricky Burch / Wayne Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Glasgow, Ky USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 16:41:16 (EDT)
You always made Dead And NRPS concerts so much more special for me. I will always remember You at The Red Rail in Nanuet, NY. I especially enjoyed your music there because it was such an intimate venue. God bless you and keep you.
My very best wishes to you, George
George Garkusha <email@example.com>
Lexington, NC USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 09:49:11 (EDT)
I first met Vassar in Chicago for Country Music's Greatest Stars tv show in the 60's when I was 10 year old. My Dad was in The Johnson Family Singers and TV was taped live then. I remember in the middle of the set Vassar jumped up and down and said "I gotta PEE!!!" We had to shoot the whole thing over and it took hours. I still remember his smile and fine playing like it was yesterday.
Ken Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 14:29:10 (EDT)
I recently saw a video of Vassar Clements and listened to some more of his music elsewhere. I love it. I hope to learn the fiddle and he sure is an inspiration.
USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 14:10:41 (EDT)
I hope you are doing well. I am sitting here at work listening to my October 3, 2003 Vassar Birthday Celebration with the Zen Tricksters and friends, it gives me so much pleasure and peace. Thank you and as always you are in my prayers.
Bordentown, NJ USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 10:24:04 (EDT)
You are in our prayers. Thank you so much for the years of
hot licks and smooth sides up
and down the finger board of your fiddle. Hope you have a speedy recovery!
Rob McDonald fiddler from Texas
Rob McDonald <email@example.com>
Rockwall, TX USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 09:21:50 (EDT)
My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. I sure miss ya! Buzzy Meekins sends his love and prayers, too. We hope to speak with you soon. I know buzzy is trying to get a hold of you. Please know we love ya! Angie
Angie Richards <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jax Beach, FL USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 00:56:55 (EDT)
...how much we miss you! We all went to Florida for 'my' family reunion - 'Red Tide' came in - i've never seen anything like it - and folks were actually picking up fish and carrying them home. I hope to make fertilizer out of it and not to feed the kids! An' HOT?! I keep wondering how in the world grandma could've spent so much time in the orange groves in long skirt and heels..in shorts and flip-flops, we were swimming in the humidity. Must've been something out in the old trucks, whacking the oranges into the baskets.
I sure do hope you're feeling better - and I hope you get some good catfish sometime! Thinking of you all, be well!
USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 21:17:03 (EDT)
I am a sound engineer with Peter Rowan, and have had the unique pleasure of mixing Vassar on many occasions, and would like to wish him and his family the best. God Bless.
Brent Healy <email@example.com>
Longmont, CO USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 12:48:24 (EDT)
Just a short note to say we love ya'll !!
The Biscuit Burners <>
Weaverville, NC USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 10:25:38 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you. Jesus is the great Doctor..
Tony Mas <Kingmusic@alltel.net>
Dahlonega, ga USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 03:04:14 (EDT)
Just a short note to say how sorry we are to hear of Vassar's illness and hope that this note finds him in improving health and comfortable. My first introduction to Vassar was through the first "Will the Circle" album series which my brother bought a long time ago in Winnipeg, Manitoba and introduced to me to bluegrass and fiddle, so please thank him for introducing a Winnipeg boy to the world of bluegrass and ultimately irish music. Thanks a whole bunch Vassar- you're the best!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dean and Seija Hample
6 Ryde Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Dean Hample <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ThunderBay, Ontario Canada - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 14:16:43 (EDT)
Hope you are feeling much better, Vassar, and that Midge and George are doing well also. We're anxious to hear an update, it's been a while. Keep the faith...you're going to lick this! Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <email@example.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 12:40:53 (EDT)
I am praying for you every day.
Hope to see you soon.
My PAPA is buying me a guitar for my birthday July 20. I will be 9
I love you
Kayla your curly haired fiddle buddy <>
Bartlett, Tn USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 11:36:25 (EDT)
Happy 4th PAPA Hope you are doing better. Hope to see you soon.
Paul and Denise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bartlett, TN USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 11:34:25 (EDT)
Hang tough !!! My dad was Diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer last November and he is still with us. Your music has sustained me through this and many other dark times including a failed marraige. The first time I saw you was in the mid seventies with Dave Mason at a concert at Vernon Valley Great Gorge NJ and I have been a fan ever since. I saw you last at Podunk in East Hartford Ct last year and I pray that I will see you there this year but if not know that we all will be thinking of you. Remember you are NOT!! Old and in the way.
Peter Howard <email@example.com>
Cos Cob, Ct USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 20:15:22 (EDT)
Get strong, stay strong, and Love will see you through.
Ray and family <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Central, NJ USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 15:10:45 (EDT)
I saw you with Dave Grishman and old and in the way at spring hookaville 2 years ago and you brought tears of joy to my eyes i'll never forget it
Shane Faulk <email@example.com>
Pendleton, In USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 14:29:48 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm 56. The first time I saw you was sometime in the 70's performing with your band. All I can remember was be totally amazed at what you did with a fiddle and what that did to the music! I always perked my ears when someone would mention you over the years, but it wasn't until I got to experience your artistry at the Springfest and Magnolia fests on the Suwannee River. I since have had a musical awakening of magnificent proportions and have gotten to watch you many times weave magic with your fiddle and your warm and open personality. One of the most important gifts I have been given in this life is to be around you and your music. Love you always, Steve
Stephen Fouraker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Atlantic Beach, Florida USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 23:44:30 (EDT)
vassar, your music has continued to be a mighty influence upon me !!!
i've seen you in ny. state
i have adopted some of your style in my playing...
thank you so very much for enriching me and countless others w/your unique fiddle repitoire !!!
cancer really sucks,i have it also...
i hope you continue to live your really incomparable lifetime accomplishments,for indeed,you have forever influenced the world of music !!!
USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 00:26:45 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, just adding another note in the long scroll from your admirers :) We miss seeing you around and feel blessed to have had your great music and wonder*full stories light up these parts, I hope that we can hear more of each someday. Keep good care of yourself, and we hope that every day you can find peace and comfort, and hope that these messages bring a smile to you as we all continue to 'bring you the flowers while your living' (to paraphrase the great John Hartford)
lots of love from Downeast
Rhiannon Matt and Ruby <email@example.com>
Machiasport, ME USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 18:38:47 (EDT)
craig collette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
st petersburg, fl USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 17:19:16 (EDT)
Hope everyone is doing ok.
PaPa we are still praying for you. You and George too Midge. Hopefully we can get up there in the near future.
Love ya and hang in there.
Paul and Denise
Paul and Denise <email@example.com>
Bartlett, Tn USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 11:31:41 (EDT)
please know that colorado has you in our thoughts and our music. Thank you for being so incredible and humble for all of us.
shanti groove, 7-1-05
el 'vez, shanti groove, and hank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 04:53:47 (EDT)
I'm Diane Asher from Vassar, Michigan. I heard about on the internet. Trying to get info. about my town. I discovered you! What a great find!!! I hope you get better soon!!!!
Have you ever been to Vassar?
Not NY. Keep the faith.
You can do it.
Diane Asher <DiBaby@nc.rr.com>
Vassar, Mi USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 00:41:59 (EDT)
Vassar - Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you - It seems every 10 yrs or so I am blessed to play a few songs with you - that is coming up soon - I am looking forward to the day
Mike Knoeckel <MJKneuro@cox.net>
Vienna, Va USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 14:35:28 (EDT)
I had the joy of playing piano with you in the late 70's Mike mcBride was the bass man and Big Jim Murphy was on steel guitar. Little John was our drummer. I often tell my friends that the greatest musical experience I ever had was playing with you. And as a music pastor these days the most spiritual music experience I had was the summer we played all the outdoor bluegrass festivals. I miss it still today. The Joy of playing music with you is a memory that is up there with the birth of my children. Or should I say it is precious to me. I got on your website in january and then tried to contact you and send my condolences when I heard that Millie had passed.
But I know you keep a busy schedule. Today you were on my heart so I got on your sight today and see that you are battling. Now I know why God put you on my heart. I went thru Colon cancer in 2001. Many prayers were lifted up. I will pray and fast for you my dear dear friend. You and Millie were always so sweet to me. I love you and I am praying for Gods Best for you.
Love Jim Drennen
Drennen jim <email@example.com>
cumming, ga USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:06:13 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I had the pleasure of sharing my vendor tent with you at T-Dawgs Harvest (Mudfest) a few years ago, and I have seen you at Magnolia Music Events amongst many others. Your music is on my computer, I play it on my tourbus, and me and my wife Julie wish you a speedy recovery. We know miracles can happen. Julies Sister is cancer free after a 3 year struggle with inflammatory Breast cancer, a "non-survivable cancer", and I, after having been shot down in Vietnam, burnt to a crisp in 1968, am doing remarkably well, for someone that the AirForce gave up on, and put into a quiet room in Japan to die. I know we will see you in the fall a Magfest, to celebrate your life, while you are enjoying it.
Love and Peace, Jamie Douglas and Julie Butler of the Jewelry concession at Magfest since the beginning.
Jamie Douglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lahaina, Hi USA - Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 01:16:13 (EDT)
Vasser.. sending mega vibes your way and envisioning you all up and healthy. So sorry you have to go through this ordeal. Be aware there are lots of people thinking of you and sendind good wishes your way for whatever that is worth to you. love, Trudy
Trudy Heffernan <email@example.com>
fairbanks, AK USA - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 06:10:06 (EDT)
Just wanted to check on my friend, wish you well. We are praying for you, Vassar. God bless you. Lonnie Portwood
Lonnie Portwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
jacksonville, Fl. USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 15:04:59 (EDT)
we just gotta keep sending our love & positive thoughts your way - think of you every day - listen to you making music every day & always feel the power of love that both of these actions bring us along with the joy which we simply have to believe you know is aimed right back at you.. .. meeting you, getting to know you & looking forward to sharing hugs & smiles & getting to hear you laugh every spring & every fall under the live oaks has become one of the major joys in Max & Vic's lives & so many many others that you have touched along the way - hold onto the power of love & the joy of living.. .. just keep on keeping on
Allison & Victoria <>
North Georgia Mountain Folks, USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 13:38:09 (EDT)
Get Well Vassar! You are a true hero to us all. I look forward to hearing the beautifully haunting sounds of your fiddle soon.
Rich Moore <>
USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 21:12:05 (EDT)
Here's thinking about you and hope you are well soon. I was fortunate to pick with you at Geralds' 50th anniversary and hope to pick with you again real soon.
Bill Miller <>
USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 21:08:59 (EDT)
Hello Clements family. I am originally from GA, and had the pleasure of actually meeting Vassar a few years ago at the Harvest Festival near Atlanta. Vassar, I have been moved by your music since I was a small child growing up in rural north GA with a music loving and God fearing family. I have seen God do many great works in my life, and I'll see more, I know. I pray that I will see Him work in the life of you and your family! You and your wonderful family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. God bless you all.
Montie Nelson Finnegan <email@example.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 19:05:24 (EDT)
Vassar, Midge and George, our thoughts and prayers are still with you all in this time of need. Keep going, it's quite something to read the e-mails and know how many lives Vassar has touched.
Susan and Dick
Susan & Dick Hedley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Naples, FL USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 01:00:52 (EDT)
You are amazing and you will heal with all of the support you have. Gilda's club, named after Gilda Radner, the comedian, is a cancer support community. Look for a Gilda's club in your area. I have been volunteering at our local organization and amazing things happen there. Folk's like you and folk's like me simply sharing our journey and offering support or leaning on other's if that's what we need. Warm Regards
Linda Page <email@example.com>
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 17:44:16 (EDT)
I was very saddened to hear of Vassar's recent diagnosis. I hope and pray for a speedy recovery.
Tim Francis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arden, NC USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 07:25:22 (EDT)
Just heard about your illness. Both my parents are from east tennesee, i grew up on bluegrass, and also being a dead head and dave grisman fan, i am also a big fan of yours. God bless you and your family in this time of your troubles.
ed fridley <email@example.com>
kokomo, in USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 02:13:37 (EDT)
hey there, Vassar, you are in our prayers here, and we wish you strength through this struggle, and can't wait to see you after this too has passed, with love, Woody, Bonnie, and the Phuncle Sam family in Asheville, NC
arden, nc USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 at 18:01:34 (EDT)
Joe Clements <JRClem69@yahoo.com>
Jackson, TN USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 13:02:31 (EDT)
hi Vassar, Thanks so so much for the great music and the inspiration for me to pick up a fiddle. When I think about the "right way" to play you are my guiding light. Listening to interviews with you also demonstrates what a man of great character you are. Please find the strength to carry on. We love you.
David Blair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tahoe City, CA USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 05:57:24 (EDT)
I beat cancer and so can you. I know its a pain in the ass, so I'm prayin for you.
Your loyal fan,
Howard Killebrew <email@example.com>
Auburn, AL USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 05:28:53 (EDT)
Hope all is going well. Been praying for you Vassar.
Let me know if you want to do a repeat performance. In fact, we are playing this weekend and would love to hear that fiddlin fiddle of yours.
Take care and God Bless,
Webb Dalton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
hickory withe, tn USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 15:15:35 (EDT)
Having grown up with people who love bluegrass and old time music and being a deadhead for thirty years, I have been exposed to Vassar's tremendous talent on many occasions. I have had the opportunity to personally speak with him on several occasions also. Of the dozens of musical celebrities, I met and encountered, he is probably the most down to earth, easily approachable person on the planet. His kindness and humility as a musician are without equal. I hope and pray that he finds peace and comfort during his time of trial and suffering.
Jim Stovall <email@example.com>
Talladega, AL USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 08:58:35 (EDT)
Your still In my Prayers!
I have to tell you,I just lost my sister, But she is with our Father, Singing Dancing and free of her pain.
God Bless you Vassar.
Pandy Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sherman, NY USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 23:20:17 (EDT)
We're still pulling for you!! Hope this week is a better one.
Rick and Kim
Rick Campbell <email@example.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 22:56:05 (EDT)
Wishing you the best recovery. I am missing your smile and festival season isn't the same without you.
Eric Himko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charlotte, NC USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 13:33:05 (EDT)
Wilma and I appreciate your great contribution to music. Neither bluegrass or country would be as good if you hadn't added your input for the last half-century. You have our prayers and remember God is still in charge. I'm sorry that some ingrate named Eldon Harrick decided to take a shot at you while you are down. There was no call for what he posted. May God bless you!
Bill Millsaps <email@example.com>
Robbinsville, NC USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 08:57:05 (EDT)
Hope you are doing well. Just want you yo know that your performance on the "Circle" Album was excellent. I have the pleasure of seeing you perform in person many times, and can say that the most rewarding show was the the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis with John McEuen! My friends and I had the first row, all 10 seats. That was probably 12-15 years ago. Keep up your good spirits, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thomas J. French <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Overland, Mo USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 22:33:34 (EDT)
You have inspired so many who love you. I traveled from central Florida to Telluride, Colorado to see and hear you. You shook my hand while standing in line at a convenient store a few years ago in Live Oak on my way to see you perform at Springfest on the Suwannee.Get well and beat this thing. I know you can do it. You are a man of great strength and great faith. May God continue to bless you!
Doug Bowman <email@example.com>
Deltona, FL USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 09:04:46 (EDT)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well and come up and play with us again as soon as you get better,
Love, "The kid that plays the Dobro"
Tim Ishler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Missoula, MT USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 05:51:32 (EDT)
Love you Vassar. You are a true gentleman. We need people like you in Washington to run this country. I hope you get well. We met and talked one time. I know what I am talking about when I say these things. Lewis
Lewis Gooch <email@example.com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 02:29:31 (EDT)
Thank you Mitch for the information regarding yer Papa.
Good luck to all of you through this hard experience, yet modern medicine may indeed give us all some more time at the hearth of Vassar.
Columbus, Oh USA - Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 11:09:36 (EDT)
You are in my prayers.
Matt Texter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Erie, PA USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 15:20:24 (EDT)
I wish you all the best recovering, Vassar. I've never heard a finer fiddler and know I never will. We need you back in CA for some goodtime jams.
Mike Lawson <email@example.com>
Shasta Lake, CA USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 15:10:29 (EDT)
I wish you all the best recovering, Vassar. I've never heard a final fiddler and know I never will. We need you back in CA for some goodtime jams.
Mike Lawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shasta Lake, CA USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 15:08:54 (EDT)
Hi Vasser, just want to let you know that we are praying for you up here in Canada. Get well soon and back on the road!
NB Canada - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 13:11:35 (EDT)
My prayers are with you dear friend. I hope to see you at Crystal Plohman's camp in July. God Bless You, Randy Elmore
Randy Elmore <email@example.com>
Cleburne, TX USA - Friday, June 17, 2005 at 13:02:19 (EDT)
I will be praying for your speedy recovery. I am a beginner fiddle player at 51 years old. I have my father's fiddle that he played when he was a small boy. He passed away in 1992. I found it in his closet. I recently had it reconditioned, and decided to learn how to play. I take lessons from a wonderful musician, Barbara Smith from Interlachen, FL She is a member of the "Briarpickers". God keep you safe and touch you with his healing hand. Paula
Paula Rabideau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Starke, FL USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 14:51:32 (EDT)
Laura, Christian...is Vassar still able to view these entries directly on computer or printouts? Midge, do you allow it?
John McKay <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 09:52:24 (EDT)
I pass by Summit Medical Center (where I was told you are receiving treatment) twice every day, and each time, I say a prayer that God will strengthen and heal you. God bless Vassar Clements!
Pat 'the Hat' (Goodrich) <email@example.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 08:39:26 (EDT)
It was with the greatest pleasure that I had the chance to meet and Hear Vassar at Hickory Fest last year. In addition to enjoying Vassars amazing smooth and rich style, After the show Vassar signed an old Stainer copy fiddle that I saved from the garbage pile (it plays fine and sounds sweet now). Every tiime that I use it I see Vassar's name and that inspires me to work toward that incredible smooth and tastefull style of a Great violin player.
My father had small cell carcinoma also our Prayers are with you and your family Vassar Thank You for the Music Sir
Kevin Hazen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wellsville, NY USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 00:44:58 (EDT)
MIDGE HERE..."FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CONCERNED WITH MY AORTIC VALVE PROBLEM, I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH TO HAVE AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM. I'M NOT HAVING THE CARDIOLITE STRESS TEST PROCEDURE RIGHT NOW, MY CHOICE, JUST IN CASE SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN. WITH THE DAILY STRESS FACTOR, I'LL AT LEAST KNOW IF MY VALVE HAS NARROWED ANYMORE FROM LAST YEAR'S READINGS. HOPEFULLY, IT WILL STILL BE MODERATE TO SEVERE BUT NOT CRITICAL." THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN. MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <email@example.com>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 00:58:31 (EDT)
JUNE 14, 2005 (PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATE.) HI EVERYONE! JUST TO LET YOU KNOW PAPA WAS UNABLE TO TAKE HIS 5TH ROUND/CYCLE OF CHEMOTHERAPY THAT WAS TO START TODAY (TUESDAY, JUNE 14TH.) AFTER HIS BLOOD COUNTS WERE TAKEN THIS MORNING HIS ONCOLOGIST ADVISED IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT ANOTHER WEEK. PAPA'S BLOOD COUNTS HAD DROPPED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HIS PLATELETS. HIS BLOOD PRESSURE HERE RECENTLY HAS BEEN FLUCTUATING AND HE IS RETAINING FLUID AGAIN. DUE TO THE ADJUSTMENT OF SOME OF HIS MEDICATIONS EARLIER TODAY, HOPEFULLY, PAPA'S STRENGTH WILL INCREASE. WE HOPE TO RESUME CHEMOTHERAPY POSSIBLY TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2005. HE WAS GIVEN AN ARANESP SHOT TODAY TO HELP TREAT ANEMIA AND ALSO WORKS BY STIMULATING THE BONE MARROW TO PRODUCE MORE RED BLOOD CELLS WHICH INCREASES THE AMOUNT OF OXYGEN IN THE BLOOD. HOPEFULLY, IT WILL INCREASE HIS ENERGY LEVEL. THE ONCOLOGIST WILL REPEAT A CHEST X-RAY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST. PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP HIM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYER'S. THANK YOU! MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 16:41:03 (EDT)
Mr. Clements, I hope you are feeling better. Thanks to his family for all the updates, that is so kind of you. I think about you a lot Mr. Clements, and I have been praying for you. You seem like a really nice guy, always happy to chat with us fans at shows, and you have that little smile like you know something very amusing. I can't play the Hillbilly Jazz album enough. Thanks for that and for all the good times in Live Oak. I hope you recover enough so that we can meet up there again someday.
Edgar J. Watson <>
FL USA - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 14:13:15 (EDT)
Vassar, the whole family and I miss working with you. You are
a wonderful, fantastic musician and close friend. How you were there for me when I lost my father. Performing with you on stage, was one of our greatest experiences! But the Jam and the conversation, sitting on our old bus, The Bluegrass Breakdown! Watching you make yourself at home. That was the best Vassar, this
family truly adores you, and thanks for being a good friend. And Midge a special thanks to you for being there to talk to me and for being with Papal you are amazing!
You are a one of a kind!Vassar We know how tough you are! So, you can beat this old thing. We love ya!
Valerie Fay and family
Valerie Fay Mayfield <email@example.com>
Kent, Ohio USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 23:13:52 (EDT)
Vassar, the whole family and I miss working with you. You are
a wonderful, fantastic musician and close friend. How you were there for me when I lost my father. Performing with you on stage, was one of our greatest experiences! But the Jam and the conversation, sitting on our old bus, The Bluegrass Breakdown! Watching you make yourself at home. That was the best Vassar, this
family truly adores you, and thanks for being a good friend.
You are a one of a kind! We know how tough you are! So, Vassar you can beat this old thing. We love ya!
Valerie Fay and family
Valerie Fay Mayfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kent, Ohio USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 22:55:44 (EDT)
Thanks for the update.
Hang in there PAPA
you too Midge and George.
Paul and DEnise
Paul and Denise <>
Bartlett, tn USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 18:11:25 (EDT)
Vasser,Thankyou for allof your'e wonderful music and kind spirit.Dont give up the fight!Was fortunate to see you in Tallahassee for the Larry Rice benefit and saw you in the lobby I wanted to stop you and thank you for all the great music but did not want to hassle you.I would like to say Our prayers and thougts are with you.Sincerely,Rob Toolan
Robert Toolan <email@example.com>
tallahassee,fl USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 at 01:08:50 (EDT)
JUNE 12, 2005 (PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATE) SHOULD BE POSTED ON THE VASSAR'S NEWS PAGE SHORTLY. IT'S JUST TOO MUCH FOR ME TO PUT IN THE GUESTBOOK THIS TIME. I MEANT TO ADD ON THE UPDATE THE FOLLOWING, THAT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 3RD, 2005 PAPA HAD TO HAVE ANOTHER BLOOD TRANSFUSION. DUE TO THE OFFICE VISIT THE DAY BEFORE, HIS "HEMATOCRIT" WAS LOW. THEREFORE 2 UNITS OF RED BLOOD CELLS WERE NEEDED. HE WENT IN THE HOSPITAL AS AN OUTPATIENT LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE THE TRANSFUSION. WE RETURNED HOME THE SAME DAY EARLY EVENING. PAPA WANTS ME TO RELAY THE FOLLOWING "I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR PRAYER'S AND THOUGHTS DURING THIS TIME OF MY ILLNESS." I'LL CONTINUE THE UPDATES AS I CAN. EVERYONE THANK YOU!!!! MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 18:20:57 (EDT)
Maybe you will remember me from years ago in Nashville. Regardless, you are in my prayers and I am sending good thoughts your way concerning your current bout with cancer.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1986 and underwent an experimental bone marrow transplant in 1990. Through faith in God, the prayers of friends and family, and a vision of life after cancer, I survived very slim odds.
I am praying that every need you and your family have will be met.
I have always loved your music and your spirit.
Linda Hargrove <linda@lindahargrove>
Panacea, FL USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 13:55:35 (EDT)
In 2000 you performed a benefit show at Middlebury college in Vermont for a friend of mine who had suffered a spinal cord injury. You brought great joy to our community and it meant so much to us all. That evening was one of the happiest in my life. You are in our thoughts.
Matt Sommerville <email@example.com>
Oxford , UK - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 12:35:15 (EDT)
Hiya Vassar! Been hearing about your health issues, and I'm so SO sorry. I want to tell you again, what an immense honor and priveldge it was to play with you years ago (With Northern Lights). Your demeanor, professionalism, and incredible musicianship has made me a better player. Get well soon, and I hope to see you again!
Oz Barron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Belmont, MA USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 11:20:17 (EDT)
My dearest Vassar and Midge,
It's Kathy, your nurse. I just wanted to say what truly special people you are and that I continue to keep you in my prayers. You have the best Doctor in Eric Raefsky and with the good Lords guidance we hope to give you relief from your disease and a long and happy life. Midge, keep up the good work and Vassar, keep the faith. See you both at your next visit.
Love you both,
Kathy Gise <nursegise@comcast,net>
Mt Juliet, TN USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 10:13:28 (EDT)
so sorry to hear your news. A friend gave me a copy of "The Bluegrass Sessions" when I was 20, (I.E. 28 years ago), and it inspired me to learn to play the fiddle.I've always loved your music. God bless, and chin up for a speedy recovery! Pieter.
Pieter Sanders <Pieter_j_sanders@hotmail.com>
London, England - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 16:08:18 (EDT)
I just became aware of your site via a link from The Grateful Dead's site.
I'm sorry to hear about your health problems. I wish you the best.
Thanks for the great music.
Frank J. Burris <email@example.com>
North Canton, OH USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 19:42:38 (EDT)
Hope you're feeling better with each passing day and that you're tolerating the treatments well. We look forward to an update (Midge?) and hope you're all holding up well. Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 17:12:48 (EDT)
About 1972, in a Lemon Grove, Ca. record shop I asked for Stephane Grapelli or Bob Wills LPs. "Fresh out" was the reply, "but have you tried Vassar Clements?" I hadn't but I did and was glad to add his music to my collection. My best wishes and prayers to Vassar and the good folks with him. Thanks for the music, Herb
Herb Heinsdorf <email@example.com>
Yuma, AZ USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:58:37 (EDT)
Dear Folks,It has been 3 weeks since we have had an update on Vassar's condition. If POSSIBLE please update his Friends, Fans, and far flung Family. We continue to pray daily for Vassar and the Family. We wish you the best in God's perfect will. We love you all.
Ralph Clements <Clementsralph@msn.com>
Lakeland , Fl. USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 11:00:04 (EDT)
I want to let you know that I have a keen spiritual tie to you. I don't know why or how. I only know that when I heard you play with Jethro Burns, your sound will travel with me forever. I send you my love. May the blessings be.
Richard Virtue <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Muskegon, MI USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 19:40:48 (EDT)
I met Vassar on a Southwest flight from Jacksonville, FL to Nashville last year whenn he was scheduled to play with Widespread Panic ( a band I like). I dind't know who Vassar was then, but because of his kind nature and freindly demeanor, I have since bought some Old and in the Way and enjoyed a live recording of a Masters of Bluegrass performance.
Thanks for the conversation then, and the fine musical contributions, Vassar. Get well soon and keep smiling.
Ira Miles <email@example.com>
Gainesville, VA USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 16:52:47 (EDT)
I had an epiphany after hearing "A good woman's love" for the 50th time. It just came to me, how to play it. I wasn't trying to learn it, it just came to me.
Thanks for the inspiration, and may the Lord have his way.
greg watt <>
lansing, mi USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 15:29:25 (EDT)
Dear Vassar (and family!): Greetings from out here on the "Left Coast". No reason you'd remember me, but I worked at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco back in the 1970s and I most certainly remember you! I'm sorry to learn you've joined our ever-growing "C club", but glad to hear the latest developments offer some hope. In my own walk with cancer, the biggest lesson I learned was how very, very important it is to "taste each day". A friend of mine recently said "apparently I still have things to learn, and things to teach, because I'm still here." It's my (admittedly selfish) belief that you have a lot still to share with us here. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your wonderful family. Blessings.
AC Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Watsonville, CA USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 08:57:15 (EDT)
Hey Vassar and Midge,
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know we are thinking about y'all. Hope you are feeling all of the love that is being sent from around the country. I learned a lick of yours the other day that really makes me smile. All our love!!!
Mary Lucey <email@example.com>
Asheville, NC USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 21:35:16 (EDT)
I hope Vassar is having a good week. Thinking about you. Hello to Terry Barnes from Bulls Gap.
Rick Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 18:53:30 (EDT)
Dear Vassaer and family,
Firstly, God Bless all and we ask Jesus Christ to heal Vassar. Vassar has touched my life. I am a teacher and amatuer violinist and also blessed with a wonderful family. I just finished watching Vassar on Homespun tapes and was so touched by the generous nature of how you are so willing to share knowledge and inspiration. God Bless all!!
Mike Carufe <R2stressed@aol.com>
Naples, Fl USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 17:24:56 (EDT)
You've made the world a better place to live. Get well soon! You're job isn't done yet.
gary copley <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 14:12:27 (EDT)
Just a quick note to say that I hope Mr. Clements is doing well. The last update was reassuring. I've been listening since the early '70s and still do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
stephen a. miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 13:24:51 (EDT)
I walked in the ice and snow for 12 miles to see Vassar Play at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Little Rock, when I was first learning to play...the show was cancelled due to the weather...I slept on the pool table that night and the next morning his bus pulls up....Vassar spent a couple of hours with me showing me Leather Britches, and let me play his fiddle...The inspiration I received from that moment has always kept me motivated in music, and I appreciate Vassar so much....Everyone copies other fiddle players, but very few ever attempt to copy Vassar....The reason is I think, is because he plays so much from his soul, and the sounds he produces are his and his alone....And its impossible to get that Vassar Sound....Now that is a gift and I am blessed to have met him and heard him play...Good luck to you Vassar and my prayers are with you...Frank Ellis
Frank Ellis <email@example.com>
Mountain View, ar USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 11:21:48 (EDT)
We have you in our prayers along with those who are responsible for helping you fight this thing. You hang in there and trust in the Good Lord. Thanks so much for all the wonderful music and please know that I look forward to seeing you play again in the future. God Bless and keep you.
Bob Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lenoir, NC USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 19:31:59 (EDT)
I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well and I hope your treatment goes well. I'm listening to "Circle" now and thinking about Long Beach in the '70s when I came to love your playing. God bless you, man. God bless.
TK Major <>
USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 19:25:36 (EDT)
NICE SITE SORRY FOR YOUR POOR HEALTH SITUATION
OZOMMA NWAGUY <OZO147EGEDE@AOL.COM>
KJ, FJ USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 06:48:33 (EDT)
Prayers and wishes for the fiddle genius of the century. May you be well and live long. Walk in peace, fiddlemeister extraordinaire!
John Munroe <email@example.com>
Tokyo, Tokyo Japan - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 03:02:37 (EDT)
Hope today finds you feeling better. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 19:52:27 (EDT)
It seems that too often people touch our lives and our hearts yet we fail to tell them that they've had a profound impact on us and that the gifts God gave them are in fact...working. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought to tell someone that they were so kind, talented, beautiful, or simply so natural that they brought me to tears. I remember thinking that about you Vasser...years ago...you brought me to tears because your fiddle sounded so beautiful. There's just something so darned powerful about the way a fiddle resonates both inside and out. Anyways...I met someone last night who told me you were sick and reminded me how important it is to reach out to those that inspire you...to tell them that their gifts are not lost on this world, and that they are indeed making their mark. God blessed you with hands of silver, and you blessed us with music of gold. Thank you for that...thank you for following your true path and for making a beautiful melody by which the world can turn. Many blessings and much peace to you.
Heather Saunders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 13:38:32 (EDT)
I hope Vassar is doing well. I wanted to say to Midge thanks for the updates. I also just finished reading Millie's song. I lost my father in to cancer in 1996 and my mother this past May 9 also to cancer. You have described in your tribute many of the same feelings that I have for my mother and it was comforting for me to read your words. I have met your father twice at the Podunk bluegrass festival. He is a true gentleman and I hope to see him play again one day.
Mike Buzzeo <email@example.com>
Stamford, CT USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 01:58:29 (EDT)
Vassar, we visited this past Saturday with Randy Wood in Pooler, Georgia. As usual, some of the finest area bluegrass pickers were jamming in the guitar shop.
Randy indicated there's a DVD in the works featuring your 2004 Christmas show with Tony Rice at the old barn. That ought to be a good one to keep you cheered up. Those Bloomingdale folks are about as real as music gets.
Sending best regards always
from Macon, Georgia USA.
John Charles Griffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Macon, GA USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 22:03:43 (EDT)
http://www.woodpecker.com/lyrics/veryoldsong.html I found this song that reminded of you.I pray that your doing well,hang in there and don't give up ship,We all thinking of you.Anton Stag.Tony Rice will be in Mayville,Hope ya are feeling better by then sure would love to see you.Gods Blessings
anton stag <email@example.com>
olean, ny USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 15:56:14 (EDT)
Hope you are doing ok and we are praying for you and Midge and George. Hope to see ya soon.
Love Paul & Denise
Paul and Denise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bartlett, Tn USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 14:48:02 (EDT)
Heavens to Betsy it's June already, which I hope means you are one month nearer to getting back on track & back in the hillbilly swing of things. I know the caring peoples who show their love & concern on these pages are thankful for Midge's efforts to provide progress updates as often as she can. Both the Maxwells are grateful for all her efforts as I'm sure she's passes on the shared energies that are being sent to you & Midge & George every moment of every day. all our love
Max & Vic <>
USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 13:02:09 (EDT)
I had the pleasure of playing with you last year at hickory fest , I was playing the Irish Bodhran Drum on stage with you and the hickory project, I was in no state to play really as Anthony Hannigans Dad has introduced me to a Jar of Moonshine earlier on in the day, and in the Spirit of cultural diversity I had drunk more than my fair share, Needless to say I didn't play so well. But after the gig you were a total gentleman, and you thanked me for playing , said you enjoyed it and that I should have stayed on for the whole set, that was sweet, thanks. Your a Gent and I look forward to the oppurtunity to play with you again some day. we talked of me making you a cd of Irish fiddle, I'll send it onto Sue Cunningham to get to you.
Get Well Soon Vassar
Colin Derham <email@example.com>
Ireland - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 07:52:18 (EDT)
May the Force be with you.
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 22:04:20 (EDT)
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:27:54 (EDT)
hey vassar i hope you are feeling better god bless
johnny markowski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
orangeburg, ny USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 11:12:38 (EDT)
I'm praying for you, Vassar, and a speedy recovery. I'm praying also for Midge, George, and all your other family members.
Mary Haskins <>
USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 08:53:43 (EDT)
Hope this finds you in good spirits and improving health. "Aero-Plain" was in heavy rotation in our dorm during my college days in NYC - you helped keep it real for yokels like me in the big city. Our prayers are with you.
PA USA - Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 20:19:16 (EDT)
Get well soon Vassar. I have many wonderful memories of watching you play with all the different musicians at "SpringFest" in Live Oak, FL, over the years. We have faith that you can beat this illness, and come back to see us. You will be in our prayers. Take care and God Bless.
Mobile, AL USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 14:30:20 (EDT)
God Bless you, I love man, and praying for you. Get well soon. "You,ve climbed higher mountains than this!"
Tommy Wells <email@example.com>
Alva, FL. USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 13:31:39 (EDT)
I hope you feel better, Vassar.
Zeke Smukler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Syracuse, NY USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 16:16:08 (EDT)
Thanks for the tunes and the attitude Vassar. You've handled your gift well. Thanks for touching my life.
Frank Enfield <email@example.com>
Gladstone, Mo USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 12:10:12 (EDT)
HEY HEY HEY! How are you feeling? How did it go Friday? Well, you know we're thinking of you - talking about you whenever we get the chance. Miss you..many prayers, smiles and good cheer and I know you know!
XOXOXO, FD & TJ
Farley & Tommy <>
GA USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 00:43:15 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Clements,
It is a great honor to be able to sign your guestbook. I am very sorry to hear of your illness. I am a great believer in the power of God. There is a song that reminds us to "take everything to God in Prayer." My Prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. What a wonderful gift you have given to the world my friend. Many of my friends are praying for your recovery. Be well, Sir. And thank you for all the wonderful music you have given us over the years. All my Prayers, Diane Hetfield.
Diane Hetfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jefferson City, MO USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 00:13:07 (EDT)
may the lord bless and heal u of this i pray keep your faith as He does do miracles god bless ,star
nc USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 00:12:31 (EDT)
Dear Vassar...Hope this week's round of chemo went well and that you aren't feeling any bad effects from it. You are in our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery. Bless you, Midge, for taking such good care of your PAPA. Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <email@example.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 13:39:25 (EDT)
HEY MAN, JUST CHECKING IN WITH YOU...ALLWAYS THINKING OF YOU....AND FEELING THE WARMTH THAT HAVE IN YOUR WONDERFUL SOUL.....DEEP, DEEP PRAYER`S TO A MAN THAT IS REALY A TRUE ANGEL....SO, SO MANY OF US YOU HAVE TOUCHED AND HELPED IN MORE WAY`S THAT COULD EVER BE COUNTED....MUSICALY , HUMANLY AND SPIRITUALY IN THE HEAVYEST DEGREE ,THANK YOU FOR BLESSING US.....AND GOD BLESS YOU ALLWAYS...FROM A GUY WHO IS IN HIS 50`S NOW ,WHO YOU`VE HELPEPD SINCE I WAS IN MY TEENS.....LOVE FOREVER...PLEASE FEEL BETTER SOON.....KEN FRANK....//
KEN FRANK <DDDFRANK@OPTONLINE.NET>
N.J. USA - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 01:09:34 (EDT)
Sure hope that there are more good days than bad. Midge writes that you aren't playing, which is understandable, but I would sure encourage you to use the healing power of music to help you on your way. As Robert Hunter wrote: Let there be songs to fill the air. Peace and Love to you and yours.
Brian Goodman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Harpers Ferry, WV USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 16:12:50 (EDT)
vassar is my cousin. my father is edward clements, born in lakeland fl. my grandfather is olin clements. god bless.
mark e clements <email@example.com>
lakeland, fl USA - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 00:03:24 (EDT)
My prayers are with you Vassar. I have been a fan of yours since seeing you live at a small campus chapel in Mt. Vernon, IA. back in the 70's. I am listening to the "Old And In The Way" CD as I am writing and did not learn of your Cancer until I checked on your website just now. I experienced Cancer 20 years ago (Hodgkin's Disease) and know a little of what you are going through. Keep your chin up and hopefully you will be able to put that chin back on your fidle soon. God bless and thank you for your music. It is a part of you we will all be able to enjoy now and forever!!
Harlan V. Clark
Harlan V. Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, IA USA - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 10:20:15 (EDT)
Hi Vasser, We love you! Hang in there! God bless you and yours.
Winter Park, CO USA - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 08:43:45 (EDT)
I recently saw the light and also just bought an album entitled will the circle be unbroken its hard to explain what im trying to say dear Vassar its just that you remind me of my grandaddys dad dang-dang who also played the fiddle very well we will miss you and your spirit lives on i am so sorry that it took me so long to see the light i recently am takeing guitar lessons and i am briliant on harmonica these days i would make dang-dang pround that music is in my soul even though i never really listened until now only listening to reggae and neglecting my roots i want to apologize and i countinue to play music that is in my blood not neglecting my roots and heritage any longer may the music form a new circle
Gavin Claiborne <email@example.com>
oak, ca USA - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 07:34:03 (EDT)
I've been thinking about you Vassar and continue to send you and your family the best.
Mike McCoy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bedford, KY USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 18:39:24 (EDT)
Get well soon, lots of prayers and positive heartfelt energy were directed your way at Merlfest a few weeks ago.
We missed you there. Someone said after you talked with them, you told them "Have Fun".
We certainly did. It wasn't the same without you.
Thanks for all the great performances over the years.
A lifelong fan
Patrick Flaherty <email@example.com>
Asheville, NC USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:52:26 (EDT)
Good thoughts to you today Vassar! You're a old and kind soul!
Friend in Virginia <>
USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 14:28:59 (EDT)
BEAT THIS PROBLEM SOON VASSAR SO WE CAN DO SOME TWIN FIDDLING SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE REGARDS HAL CASEY
Hal Casey <HCasey8455@aol.com.>
N.Syracuse, NY USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 22:59:05 (EDT)
Keep fighting,we're all on your side. There's a lot more music yet to be played. Be seeing you real soon.
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 21:06:27 (EDT)
My prayers are with you, hope you are feeling better. Take care! God speed.....
Lee Ann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Altoona, PA USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:49:08 (EDT)
Vassar, I will always cherish and hold fond memories of the concert you gave at the Florida House in Fernandina the Day after Christmas 2004. It was an honor to be able to spend time with you and Carroll in such a personal atmostphere. I heard the news of your illness at an open mic in Jackxonville. A young bluegrass picker from PA. I am saddened to hear this and my prayers are with you and your family. I play every song in my heart in your honor and as a prayer for your speedy recovery. We love you Vassar....get well soon.
With Deepest Respect,
Joyce aka "Pitney"
"Pitney" Joyce Whorton <email@example.com>
Fernandina Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 07:51:01 (EDT)
Thinking of Vassar and hoping he is feeling at least a little better by now, that the treatments are not too difficult to endure. Also, remembering his "people", the Clements family, in FL and NC, who are so often overlooked by wellwishers. This must be very hard for them as well.
Family Friend <>
TN USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 18:56:17 (EDT)
I am sorry to hear of your health predicament, and send the finest prayers your way. I'm sure you've heard the gamut of accolades, so I'll just mention that I've always considered you the "Class Act", amongst the finest I've ever heard/seen. We all in Colorado wish you a quick and thorough recovery, and respectfully look forward to when our paths may cross again. Wishing you All the best, Vassar, just like you!
greg asiala <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Littleton, CO USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 15:44:00 (EDT)
Thank you for taking the time to keep everyone updated on Vassar's progress.
You all are continually in my prayers, that Vassar will have a speedy and glorious recovery, and that you and George, the doctors and nurses who are his care givers will have the strength to tend to Vassar's needs as well as your own.
Whatever the outcome, may honor and glory be given to Jesus Christ who loved all of us enough to die for us and who promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
What a wonderful God we serve.
I thank God for Vassar and his music, and I thank God for his loving and caring family. You are loved.
Mary Haskins <email@example.com>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 09:52:19 (EDT)
I implore you not to listen to medical staff as regards surgery & chemo and to check out "Dr. Johanna Budwig"'s research (nominated 7!!! times for the nobel prize in medicine) in to "cancer and diet" .. Cancer is an immune deficiency and is EASILY cured.
So, cu next time you're on tour!
USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 07:20:55 (EDT)
Mr. Clements, I first began listening to your music in 1975 with the still popular 'Old and in the Way' album. I lost touch with bluegrass music a few years later, but for some reason unknown to me I started to listen to it again only this month(05/05). I rediscovered your swinging jazzy 'Boogie in the Barnyard', which took me right back to that place and time again.
I quickly found your website and then was saddened to hear of your illness. I am a registered nurse and I know how an illness can lower a person's spirit. My prayer for is that you always have your spirits high. Just put yourself back in that place and time again.
Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent. I have enjoyed my life more because of your music.
John Giesbers RN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Austin, TX USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 23:31:08 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Clements, Your musical and personal grace has been an enduring source of inspiration and joy for me for as long as I have played music. I wish with all of my heart for your speedy recovery and happiness. much love, Caley Monahon-Ward
Caley Monahon-Ward <email@example.com>
florence, MA USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 18:27:40 (EDT)
May you soon be blessed again with strength and good health. Your many fans are thinking of you each and every day.
Raleigh, NC USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 15:44:20 (EDT)
Vassar & Midge, I am still thinking and prayin' for your quick and complete recovery. And I'm still playing your music each week and letting the listners know what I hear from your updates, and asking them to visit and write notes on the website. Much in my thoughts, and we adore your music and look forward to more and more fine fiddling! Rik James "Americana Backroads / Bluegrass Traditions" KGLT-FM Bozeman, MT ph: (406) 586-4123 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rik James / KGLT-FM <email@example.com>
Bozeman, MT USA - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 12:15:37 (EDT)
come here often to feel the magic & get a chill down my spine each & every time from all the powerful vibes. You have touched so many lives & shared so many powerful music moments, it all simply comes back at ya. .. . .. that's the power of love, may it heal & comfort & keep you always believing in another day to fiddle some more Vic & Max
the wells <>
GA North Georgia - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 14:44:47 (EDT)
So sorry to hear of Vassar's health setbacks. I've been a fan for over thirty years, have seen Vassar perform many times on both coasts. You have brought me countless hours of joy listening to your music. A giant among musicians, a fiddler's fiddler. The bar is raised any time Vassar is in the mix. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Vassar. I hope to hear that joyful sound again. Your music will live on forever.
Bob Sarles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Szn Francisco, CA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 10:56:02 (EDT)
I saw you in Sellersville, PA and after the show you took the time to say hello to everyone in the hall. you hugged everyone, including me, and I thought, WOW...this guy really cares about his fans. Thanks for all the music you gave to us. Feel better!
Meghan Gleason <email@example.com>
Conshohocken, PA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:41:13 (EDT)
Kudos and multiple pats on the back to Midge for her so totally unselfish and constant devotion to Vassar without thought to her own debilitating medical conditions.
Jeff Margolis <>
Miami, FL USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 08:01:58 (EDT)
Your music and spirit touch my soul. Be well soon so I can come see you play again! I was at your feet at the Vibes in '04 and you moved me greatly. Love and healing light to you and yours
Deidra Bradley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Woburn, MA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 07:34:02 (EDT)
Thanks you, Midge, for the update. I will spread the word, and tell Vassar were with him. And Midge is right about thinking of the family's of Jimmy Martin and Bobby Thompson. Bobby died yesterday, and he was simply a hell of a musician. He was an originator of the 'melodic' style of banjo playing. He came out of the Spartanburg area of South Carolina to play with Jim and Jesse, and Vassar was in the band too. Here is a great picture of all four of them from years ago, taken from Bobby's website, www.bobbythompsonbanjo.com; http://tinyurl.com/78rn7 Jim McReynolds through a benefit for Bobby last year. Some quotes from the event; "It's awfully nice of them," says Thompson of the 11th annual McReynolds Memorial Bluegrass Music Spectacular dedicated to him. He'll be there. But only to listen from his wheelchair. "I haven't been able to play the banjo in 15 years," he says. "My hands won't let me . . . I miss it, but I'm used to it now." Multiple sclerosis forced him into retirement in 1987, and eventually took his life yesterday. Bela Fleck on Bobby; "Bobby sort of set the stage for modern banjo in a lot of ways. He is one of two people (along with Bill Keith) credited with inventing the melodic style. He made a huge contribution to the moving forward of the banjo as a musical instrument." Earl Scruggs on Bobby; "I think he has done a lot for the banjo. He was the first one to play that (melodic) style of banjo that I ever heard. And there has never been anyone to top him." Bobby was also one of the 'A' Team of Nashville session musicians that were on hundreds of recordings in the 1960's and 70's. He also went on to play on the TV show Hee Haw, and the ahead-of-ther-time bands Barefoot Jerry and Area Code 615. Visitation will be at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin TN Friday night from approx 6 pm to 9 pm. Cards may be sent to: Judy Thompson 2076 Wilson Pike Franklin, TN 37067
Derek Halsey <email@example.com>
USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 23:06:31 (EDT)
MAY 19, 2005 (PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATE) MIDGE HERE...HI EVERYONE! FIRST OF ALL LET ME START OUT BY SAYING AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYER'S, KIND THOUGHTS, CARDS AND PHONE CALLS. WE ARE VERY AWARE OF THE FACT THAT IS SO "HEART TOUCHING" IS KNOWING THAT MANY OF PAPA'S FRIENDS AND FELLOW MUSICIAN'S ARE DEDICATING THEIR PERFORMANCES AND/OR A SONG IN HIS BEHALF AND EVEN TAKING A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PRAYER. THAT IS TRULY OVERWHELMING. GOD BLESS YOU FOLKS FOR THAT! PAPA'S CT SCANS WERE TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005 OF HIS CHEST AND ABDOMINAL AREA. IT WAS A VERY LONG DAY TUESDAY SINCE WE HAD TO BE AT THE HOSPITAL AT 9:30 AM THAT MORNING AND WE DIDN'T HAVE THE APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE ONCOLOGIST UNTIL 2:15 PM THAT AFTERNOON FOR THE RESULTS OF THE CT SCANS. PROGNOSIS IS AS THE ONCOLOGIST PUT IT TO US TUESDAY (05/17/05) WAS "THE SCANS ARE FAVORABLE." KNOWING THAT PAPA HAS BEEN FEELING MUCH BETTER WE KNEW THERE HAD TO BE SOME GOOD NEWS. THERE ARE "LESS AREAS INVOLVED" IN PAPA'S LIVER NOW. THEREFORE, THE CHEMO TREATMENTS ARE DESTROYING THE CANCER CELLS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE KNOW THE GOOD CELLS ARE BEING DESTROYED AS WELL AND THAT'S THE DOWNSIDE. PAPA DID SAY TO THE DOCTOR "I KNOW I'M NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET." PAPA'S LUNG SCAN SHOWED HE DOES HAVE FLUID IN BOTH LUNGS. MORE IN THE LEFT LUNG THAN IN THE RIGHT LUNG. HE STARTED IMMEDIATELY ON TAKING LASIX ONCE DAILY TO HELP TAKE THE EXCESS FLUID OFF HIS LUNGS. HE WILL HAVE A CHEST X RAY ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH TO SEE HOW MUCH FLUID REMAINS OR IF THE LUNG/PULMONARY SPECIALISTS OR RADIOLOGIST WILL HAVE TO DRAW THE FLUID OFF HIS LUNGS. HOPEFULLY, THE LASIX WILL DO IT. PAPA WAS GIVEN AN "ARANESP SHOT" TUESDAY BEFORE WE LEFT WHICH HELPS THE BONE MARROW PRODUCE RED BLOOD CELLS. IT ALSO IS HELPFUL IN REGAINING PAPA'S ENERGY LEVEL. THE 4TH ROUND OF CHEMO TREATMENTS WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH, THURSDAY, MAY 26TH AND FRIDAY, MAY 27TH. THE PLAN IS TO KEEP THE CHEMO DOSAGE AS THE PREVIOUS CHEMO TREATMENT WHICH WAS GIVEN MAY 4TH, 5TH AND 6TH SINCE PAPA TOLERATED IT SO WELL. IF ALL GOES WELL THE ONCOLOGIST PLANS TO HAVE (2) MORE ROUNDS OF CHEMO TREATMENTS AFTER THIS UPCOMING WEEK, HAVING TREATMENTS IN 3 WEEK INTERVALS. THAT'S WITH NO COMPLICATIONS, SO WE HAVE TO KEEP PAPA AS STRONG AND HEALTHY AS HE POSSIBLY CAN BE. THE ONCOLOGIST AT THAT TIME WILL RE-EVALUATE PAPA'S PROGRESS AND WE WILL GO FROM THERE. SO THAT IS THE PLAN THUS FAR. ALTHOUGH PAPA HAS BEEN HAVING BETTER DAYS SINCE HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL APRIL 28TH, HE STILL HAS HIS DAYS OF SOMETIME MAKING PHONE CALLS AND OTHER DAYS NOT WANTING TO BE ON THE PHONE AT ALL AND/OR HAVING VISTORS. SOME FOLKS FOR SOME REASON DOESN'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND WHY HE ISN'T RETURNING PHONE CALLS. SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, "I" CAN ONLY ANSWER SO MANY PHONE CALLS DAILY AND THERE ARE SO MANY HOUS IN THE DAY. OUR PRIMARY CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS TAKING CARE OF PAPA AND HIS NEEDS. PAPA IS THE ONLY PARENT I AND MY OTHER SISTER'S, BROTHER AND FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE LEFT. THE DOCTOR'S, NURSES, PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND OTHER FOLKS KNOW THAT PAPA IS "BEING WELL CARED FOR." I FEEL GOD HAD A PLAN FOR ME WHEN MOM DIED JULY 12TH, 1998. GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS GEORGE AND ME EACH DAY WITH BEING ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF PAPA TO THIS DAY. I KNOW THAT "GOD" IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN AND HOWEVER PAPA'S PHYSICAL OUTCOME MAY TURN OUT, IT'S OUT OF OUR HANDS. GOD HAS AND IS THE DIVINE POWER. PLEASE KNOW YOUR PRAYER'S CONTINUE TO BE A SOURCE OF COMFORT, INSPIRATION AND EVEN JOY TO OUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR THAT! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ASKED IF PAPA HAS BEEN PLAYING HIS FIDDLE. THE ANSWER IS NO. HE SAY'S HE ISN'T READY. PLEASE KEEP JIMMY MARTIN'S FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYER'S AS WELL AS BOBBY THOMPSON. THEY ARE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME. I'LL CONTINUE TO KEEP PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATES POSTED. LOVE TO ALL, MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 22:26:01 (EDT)
MIDGE HERE....I'VE JUST COMPLETED A HEALTH UPDATE OF PAPA'S CT SCANS THAT WERE TAKEN ON TUESDAY. THE UPDATE SHOULD APPEAR ON THE VASSAR'S NEWS PAGE FAIRLY SOON. I'LL ALSO POST IT IN THE GUESTBOOK LATER. THANKS! MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <email@example.com>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 18:04:13 (EDT)
While respecting Vassar's privacy as much as possible could we not be given some information as to his present condition? It is hard on everyone, not knowing how someone we all care about is, especially since the diagnosis is so serious. May God grant Vassar and the entire extended family strength to get through this present circumstance.
Athens, AL USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 17:40:32 (EDT)
Vasser you have brought so much joy to me by the magic that you create from your fingertips,and I pray that the Lord above is just giving your soul a workout to prepare you for the years to come.My step-dad is a survivor of the same cancer that you are so bravely Battling ,its been years but they are years that he proudly fought and fights for.You have given so many people reasons to thank the Lord with your talents and visions that in my heart I know he will listen to our pleas for your strength and health to be restored.In my thoughts and Prayers,Rev. Christopher Faso
Rev. Christopher Faso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
buffalo, NY USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 15:54:08 (EDT)
guys mister vasser is to good to be true keep it up aight. I dey hia ooooo.
mumu gama <email@example.com>
tx, tx USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 13:12:18 (EDT)
Vassar, My prayers are with you. I hope today has been a good day for you. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. We love you!
Manchester, tn USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 12:51:41 (EDT)
Good Morning Vassar. As always, thinking of you and these constant thoughts are simply love, just like you said they should be.
USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 05:42:40 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, we are sending a few photographs of you and our son Donovan to the contact address. We are all praying for you down here in Jacksonville, hope you enjoy the pictures. the Kings
Andy and Kathleen King <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jacksonville, Florida USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 19:22:01 (EDT)
HOW ARE YOU VASSAR? The vast majority of us, friends and fans, have no way to know except by what is posted here or even on other people's sites. We are all so very concerned about you and we love you very much.
Long Hollow Fan <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:53:11 (EDT)
God's love upon you, Friend, today and every day.
Just someone who cares about Vassar <>
Goodlettsville, TN USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 10:58:34 (EDT)
Dear Vassar.I send sincere greetings to you and wish you well. I am very prescient and have many paranormal interests. In addition I hold many seances.My form of relaxation is organising Skinny Dipping Functions and Camel Trekking. God bless you.Madam Primrose Marfona. My dear Nephew Louis Phillippe also sends greetings!
Madam Primrose Marfona <>
USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 07:55:57 (EDT)
Vassar, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I met in once in NJ. You are a kind gentlemen. I'll never forget the group picture with you, myself and my friends after a show along with Buddy Cage. Get well soon Vassar.
Gregg Martin <email@example.com>
Bergenfield, NJ USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:47:12 (EDT)
I thank you for your love and of course, your music. Hoping today is going well for you...
One of your many friends <>
Hermitage, TN USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 14:54:47 (EDT)
Hello Vassar, thank you for a lifetime of fiddle enjoyment; your light touch of the bow envoked subtle images and emotions I always enjoyed since the 70's. You were polite to a longhaired kid in Minnesota and showed a few runs to me. Your love of the music shows through in the sound of times past and future's dreams.... and I wish you the best....
Doug Andreen <>
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 14:00:44 (EDT)
Dear, dear! I hope, pray and relish the thought that you get uplifting news from the Doc today! So sorry to have missed you last Sunday - hope you've been able to listen to the "Get Well" recording from Springfest that all those lovely folks like; Beth, Larry, Verlon, Rev Mosier, D. Gans, Guy Clark and the entire Pinkham family and all the others put on it! And that by listening to it whenever you need some utter love an inspiration, it will help you heal better, faster and just feel good in general! We miss you, love you and all that and then some! Midge and George, hello and hope you get time for flower planting! : ) xo, FD
GA USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 13:55:58 (EDT)
Vassar, I was so sad to hear of your illness. I hope the doctors will treat you effectively, and you will soon be restored to good health. We serve a Mighty God, and if you know Jesus as your personal Saviour, you are in the best of care, both in this life and the life to come. I will be praying for your speedy recovery and return to the the stage with your wonderful musical talent. May God richly bless you and your family beyond anything you have hoped for or even imagined.
Mary Haskins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 13:02:57 (EDT)
we'll never forget the times we have been blessed to be around you..at least one more time would be so special!!! get well-peace bill\buddy&all staff@ the boulder theater
boulder theater staff <>
boulder , co USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 11:30:37 (EDT)
I am Denise Collier's sister and I had the pleasure of meeting you personally at the Nelson Ledge's Quarry in Nelson, Ohio during the festival held the 4th of July weekend. I had a great time and it was awesome to meet you. May God keep you in his grace during this time. The angels in Heaven can wait to have you join them, as we are not quite ready to have you leave us. Hugs, Sheila
Sheila Fumerola <email@example.com>
Warren, OH USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 10:53:36 (EDT)
VASSAR, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG FAN OF YOURS. I PRAY FOR YOUR RECOVERY. LOVE YOUR MUSIC
GENE MOSSER <>
USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:41:36 (EDT)
You are in my prayers. Love your music and your spirit. Get well so I can see you again soon in the Charlotte area.
charlotte, nc USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:10:17 (EDT)
Get well soon...
Boulder, CO USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:29:53 (EDT)
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005: MIDGE HERE....A BRIEF NOTE JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT PAPA DID UNDERGO HIS 3RD ROUND OF CHEMO TREATMENTS ON MAY 4TH, 5TH & 6TH. IN THE MORNING TUESDAY,(05/17/05)HE IS SCHEDULED FOR ANOTHER CT SCAN. IT WILL CONSIST OF HIS CHEST AND ABDOMEN. LATER ON IN THE AFTERNOON WE SEE HIS ONCOLOGIST FOR THE CT SCAN RESULTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. I WILL GLADLY PASS ON THE RESULTS/INFORMATION TO OUR "VASSAR'S NEWS" PAGE AS I HAVE IN THE PAST. PLEASE KEEP PAPA IN YOUR PRAYER'S FOR A GOOD CT SCAN REPORT. MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE!!! MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:54:18 (EDT)
Midge ,Gretna here.I looked at Millie,s page brought back so many good memirys of Vassar Bobby and I.please tell Vassar I send my love and prayers. Gretna
Gretna Hopkins <email@example.com>
westmoreland, tn USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 16:38:00 (EDT)
Oh Vassar, you didn't deserve this. What you do deserve is that little piece of land on which to build your fiddle camp / festival. You were working so hard these past couple of years, too hard; no rest. This year you were going to slow down. I know you have been tired for a long time but always you went out and did your very best in playing for the people, even when not feeling up to par. I don't think you would want me to question God's way and I am trying not to. I am trying to understand that there must be some good coming out of your experience. How often did I tell you how highly respected, revered and loved by so many you are? Being humble and a man of humility you didn't want to hear that...if you are seeing this continued outpouring of concern and caring by so many, I hope it gives you comfort. You are loved! God's love is the greatest and I thank you for helping me know this.
Sandra M. <>
Nashville, TN USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 15:58:53 (EDT)
Vassar...God must have led me to your website, for I only saw you perform one time, and that was at the Union Grove Fiddler's Convention in Mocksville, N.C. back in the early 70's. I had never seen anybody play an electric fiddle before, and you had me and the kids around me "spellbound." I've never forgotten you since that day in my life. Now I'm a "born again" man of God (still love bluegrass) and will pray the prayer of faith that Jesus will heal you "totally." God Bless and Keep you, Stephen Glenn Hill (P.S. I've included a link to some of my photos for you to look at for comfort if you find a computer and the time)
Stephen G. Hill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Atlanta, Ga USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 14:21:03 (EDT)
Vasser my thoughts are with you in this time of trouble.
Jennifer Hultgren <email@example.com>
Townsville, QLD Australia - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 05:37:02 (EDT)
Still praying for recovery and my thoughts are with all y'all. I was listening to the "Circle" album last night and just like the first time, I was blown completely away. Vassar, you are the "best that's ever been" if we are never graced by another note from you. I feel that will not be the case. Keep on holding to God's unchanging hand.
Lafayette, TN USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 03:58:09 (EDT)
Vassar, you're the greatest. I was very honored and priveleged to get to play with you on a few occasions in Anchorage, AK several years ago. It was a highlight of my life to say the least. Now I have two little boys who are playing the fiddle and listening to your music and watching you on video. You've been a huge inspiration to me, and now to my boys as well. My family and I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for you, and we wish all the very best to you and your family. People all over the world are pulling for you. You are appreciated so much by so many. Please get well soon. Sincerely, Andy
Unalaska-Dutch Harbor, AK USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 06:33:02 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you Vassar, we just found out about your cancer. You may remember our son Josh who plays fiddle and used to follow you around when you were in FL. He's is Nashville now and trying his hand. We sure do pray for your recovery and hope to hear some good news. Susan and Dick Hedley
Susan and Dick Hedley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
naples, fl USA - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 23:15:47 (EDT)
Dear Folks, It has been 10 days since we've had and update on Vassar. Please give us some info.if possible the whole world is waiting to hear. Thank you very much for your consideration. Ralph
Ralph Clements <Clementsralph@msn.com>
Lakeland , Fl. USA - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 22:51:41 (EDT)
Vasser, this is your ole buddy Ryan Harris (the good lookin Harris brother!!!) It seems like it was just yesterday we were at the Mayor of Athens Georgia's house, and Reggie in a very calm & soft spoken voice stated "my brother injured his toe" that made Millie's day, you both really got a kick out of my pain! Vasser, you are not only the most talented musician I have ever known, but your friendship, encouragement & inspiration is something I will always hold close to my heart. My prayers are with you and your family everyday. Hope your recovery is fast. The Harris family loves you!!!!!! Ryan Harris
ryan harris <email@example.com>
lenoir, nc USA - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 14:01:00 (EDT)
Not to be rude but one would hope the entire family both Vassar's and Millie's are in everyone's thoughts and prayers.
Cindy S. <>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 10:19:41 (EDT)
Denise and I are praying for you as well is our church. We also have Midge and George in our prayers. Good to hear your voice the other day. Love all of you Hope to see ya soon
Paul and Denise <>
Bartlett, TN USA - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 17:43:15 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Thank you for coming to the Florida House Inn earlier this year; we're looking forward to seeing you again. Hank & Jannis Thompson
Hank C. Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fernandina Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 11:46:30 (EDT)
*sigh* Now...Papa, are you listening? What? You're *not* listening?? ;-) Then I'll have to talk louder: Could you PLEASE GET BETTER?? As you always have said to me, "Don't MAKE me come up there"! :-D I've been thinking & praying all day. Dear heavens, who'd have ever thought that the man my father admires most in the world (that's YOU, silly!) would become *family*. I've been thinking of all the wonderful memories (& the chaos we've caused that made Midge want to smack us...LOL!) Who can ever forget: 1. the 1st time that I met Millie...she & I with our pants rolled up, trudging through 3 ft. of water at the JazzFest, you cracking up with laughter, & then pouring a gallon of water out of my shoes in the parking lot. 2. you nick-naming me "Curly" (Have NEVER figured out how you came up with that). 3. me, you, and the Little Big Band rehearsing in a UTILITY CLOSET at a bluegrass festival. 4. the big grins on the band's face when you & I stepped up to the mike & we sang the vocals to "Hillbilly Jazz" after we played the fiddle break. LOL! 5. you & I sculking around the grounds of the Fla. Folk Festival like criminals, in 102 degree heat, for SLUDGE COFFEE, *every* chance we got (Hey, we funded that coffee-stand!). I never knew that Midge could roll her eyes like that! ("How can you two DRINK that stuff?!") 6. recording the theme song for the Fla. Folk Festival in the portable recording studio, & making the recording engineer SO MAD cuz we wouldn't stop giggling. 7. the fiddle seminars we've given & all of the wonderful students. 8. the bow with the red horse-hair that you had made for me because it "matches your danged car!". That bow is a treasure to me. 9. our year-long Master/Apprenticeship, thus insuring that Midge & I would torture the state of Fla. constantly...and ENJOY it! 10. you & I teasing/ torturing poor Midge at your house (& every other available opportunity..LOL!). 11. you & I fiddling in your living room while complaining about the "dag-nabbed freezing temperature in this house!", hoping for Midge to hear...and giggling when she *did*. Wait...we giggled, then I RAN FOR COVER!) 12. Midge talking to me early one June morning on my cellphone for over 2 1/2 hrs., so I wouldn't fall asleep driving to La. I think about so many of these things. I laugh out loud, smile, shake my head, and...I also think of sitting in your dining room that one cold afternoon, sobbing & nearly in a heap...you & Midge were my "rock". That day...*that* day, I knew that God was watching over me & that I was indeed loved. You have the biggest heart, Papa, so much faith, and you are a wonderful person. (*note that I said nothing of your fiddling, cuz I think your head is big enough! Haha!) Papa, what I'm trying to say is this, from the bottom of MY heart: I love you so very much. One of the best days of my life was when Darol brought me to Ryman Auditorium to meet you. So, could you get better....please?? P.S. Midge, I love ya, ask Terri to e-mail me, & give George a hug for me... an email is on the way to you & I'll call you tomorrow.
Sheri Margrave <email@example.com>
Orlando/Hollywood, FL/CA USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 06:20:47 (EDT)
Vassar, you know me to be a man of many words, but there are simply not enough in the English language to express my feelings for your friendship. Your musical talent is rare and your spirit much exceeds all that. I have treasured our times together and look forward to many more. I am confident you will beat this illness and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you. Keep the faith and hold to God's unchanging hand.
Lafayette, TN USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 01:42:16 (EDT)
Vassar, I met an 11 year old boy in Sligo in western Ireland who loved your music. He was trying to learn to play like you. This was at the Fiddler of Dooney competition. What great pleasure you give us all who share the love of the tune.
Pat LaBelle <>
Melbourne, Fl USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 23:20:18 (EDT)
Keep kickin' it, Vassar. You're the boss. God bless and prayers from everyone over on the Jerry Douglas bulletin board.
SquareneckYank (Matt) <>
Ossining, NY USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 13:49:02 (EDT)
God speed a complete recovery!
Bob Ayers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cloverdale, CA USA - Monday, May 09, 2005 at 12:45:15 (EDT)
Vassar -- Your music has been an inspiration to me and has helped me through troubled times. God bless you for the good, good man (and incredible musician) that you are.
Rick Keogh <>
USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 21:43:08 (EDT)
We're thinking about you. Let us know it we can do anything. Rick and Kim
Rick Campbell <email@example.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 21:17:02 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I have been awed by your fiddling for many years. And I've always remembered your quote (roughly paraphrased) as to how difficult an instrument the violin is and how it brought you to tears many a time while trying to learn. As a fledgling fiddler your quote gives me the inspiration to persist beyond my frustration. You are one of my heroes. I wish a a speedy recovery and Godspeed, Sincerely, Ben
Ben Parefsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, May 08, 2005 at 16:47:08 (EDT)
Vassar, you have all our love and prayers and we hope you will get well soon. Hero is not a big enough word! With all my love and friendship, Reggie Harris.
Reggie Harris <email@example.com>
Lenoir, NC USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 18:25:51 (EDT)
Hey there clem. Thanks! I hope you get better. god blesss
Isaac Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
olympia, wa. USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 16:55:39 (EDT)
Vassar, we don't know each other, but I sure love your music. I've not seen you in person and sure look forward to your return to good health. Wishing you the best. Don
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 11:01:15 (EDT)
"Great Day in the Morning! Oh me me me me me!" I miss your funny plays on words too. A person could fill a book with Vassar-Speak. Have a good day Vassar, hope you are able to enjoy your bacon and grits...chicken, mashed potato and gray.
TN USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 08:07:05 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Just got back from the David Grisman Quintet show in Arcata, CA where he gave us the news about your health. We wish you well and send the best of thoughts to you. We're wishing you a speedy and complete recovery. It can be done: my mother conquered lung cancer (so far) about a year and a half ago, and she just turned 75! Anyway, good luck. We wish you well. Rick Siegfried Eureka, California
Rick Siegfried <email@example.com>
Eureka, CA USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 03:18:27 (EDT)
Hello V-Man! How are you feeling? It is May and the flowers are out and the grass is greening- or blueing; pick one : ) Joe C. will be @ Opry on May 14th - and we will be coming to town, too. Tommy's band is playing some fun ole Americana Roots Rock and we will put a smile on your face because we have some gifts for you - from the wonderful well wishers from Springfest AND Dogwood Fest. - you're gonna love it! I promised to get you the taping, and so I have. It's been a huge group effort all the way.....I also need to know what color CAPE you want for your shirt! : ) See you or talk soon. XO, Farley
USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 21:39:14 (EDT)
May God bless you and be with you Vassar.
NYC, NY USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 20:24:25 (EDT)
Our prayers are with you. Much love from a devoted fan.
Douglas Jennings <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Somerset, Va USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 17:02:39 (EDT)
Hey Vassar...when you are feeling better and more "up to it", might you consider sharing the story of your parents? I think not many fans or even friends know it. If the missing photo of you and your mother picking oranges could be located it would be so great to see it posted! And then there is the story of how you began listening and playing music (before turning pro). Maybe that has been covered in an interview or two but I hazard a guess that your many fans would love to hear more of your vastly interesting, fascinating life. You are truly an American treasure not just as a musician but as person, from adversity to triumph through perserverance and faith...anyway this is just a thought for your recovery.
TN USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 15:01:19 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I met you in November 1999 in New York City at the Big Apple Bluegrass Festival where I volunteered for the event. I was new to the bluegrass community at that time. Meeting you and getting to spend some time around you during the festival was a super positive experience for me and helped bond me to the music and the people that play it. My last image of you was you sitting down in the basement of the Baggot Inn surrounded by cases of Snapple and just as comfortable and at ease there as anywhere else. I still have the photo of us, and in fact its one of my favorites! You are a true ambassador and I really wish you the very best, a speedy recovery and know that you are in my prayers. Love, Elaine Rowley Washington, DC
Elaine Rowley <email@example.com>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 13:37:05 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, not sure if you are actually undergoing another round of chemo this week...hoping that today and the w/e will be good for you with rest and healing...ever with you in spirit.
Susan Mitchell <>
Greensboro, NC USA - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 11:01:22 (EDT)
Vasser I met you at Mexicali blues a fews years back and you were such a gentlemen,so polite and considerate.That fiddle playing is part of history!will meet again on the avenue! with great admiration,bob g.
bob guerra <firstname.lastname@example.org>
warwick, ny USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 22:44:09 (EDT)
Just another who wishes to acknowledge the great pleasure Mr. Clements has brought into his life. Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing good news on this website. Best to all of you, Mike
Mike Filigenzi <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:40:23 (EDT)
Vassar. I always have enjoyed your fiddling, especially with John McEuen and the NGDB over the years. My prayers are with you and hope you will recover from your illness. God's blessings and healing to you! Dave
Dave Roye <email@example.com>
Pembroke, VA USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 11:38:11 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I am sorry to hear you are ill. I have only seen you on one of the homespun tape tutorial video, which I regularly watch. I have learnt so much from it. In addition to the mine of information you offer, I am very struck by what a nice man you are, full of humanity. You show that violin playing is not just about clever tecnique, but playing with a smile from the heart. Do take care, and get well soon. Helen
London, England - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 10:41:35 (EDT)
Good morning Vassar. How goes your battle,today? I miss you very very much and feel lost without your guidance and counsel, so abruptly discontinued... things I wish I had said and things I wish I hadn't... You are my greatest teacher and I thank you more than you will ever know.
Another of your many Friends <>
JAX, FL USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 09:47:16 (EDT)
Dearest Vassar, Just want you to know that all of us at the Hot Club continue to pray for you. Take care. Always, Lori
lori natale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Troy, MT USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 08:09:25 (EDT)
Vassar, I just read the update on your situation and continued care in fighting the disease that plaques you at this time. Somewhere in the update there is a quote that you hope to someday find a way to thank the people that have prayed for your recovery. (I am parapharasing) The only thing I can answer to that is: Vassar, the best way to thank me or anyone else, it to please just concentrate on resting, recovering, and fighting the "bad" cells in your body. The best way you could thank me or any of your other fans is to get well and play for us again one day! We love you! and continue to hold you in our hearts! Your spirit was certainly felt at Merlefest this year even if you were not physically there! You were there in spirit, and in our hearts! Take care of yourself! and I hope to hear the sweet sounds of your fiddle again soon! peace cyndi
cyndi smith <email@example.com>
chapel hill, nc USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 21:05:14 (EDT)
Do you remember My Father's Place in Roslyn Long Island? That's where a bunch of us Old and In The Way fans on Long Island first heard you play live. That must have been the 70s. The backup band was electric and you rocked that nasty, old foul beer smelling house under the bridge. Then I got that album you did with Dickey Betts and played that version of Kissimmee Kid until the grooves wore out. I loved swing jazz before that, but after hearing you play it like that and make it rock and sound so fresh and blusey and rock too, I wanted to learn to play swing like that too, but I never really had the courage to pick anything up. Then I saw that concert you did with Mark O'Connor in Troy New York. That must have been almost 7 years ago now, although to me it seems like it was a month ago. Remember, Johnny Gimble was there too! He was so funny and self effacing but I really picked up my ears when I heard him play that beautiful swing accompaniment on the mandolin with everybody else on fiddle. Somehow, that's what finally did it. I wanted to be the back up man playing swing jazz on the mandolin taking hot tasty breaks. It still took me a year or two to buy my first mandolin. I've settled down with nice "F" style from a new company called Michael Kelly and am working away an Niles Hokkanen's book "Bluegrass Up The Neck". Thanks for the inspiration all these years and be sure to remember to get well soon and come back to GreyFox in Ancramdale!
Mitchel Gross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 16:53:10 (EDT)
I'm never sure what to say... I want you all to know that I had loved Vassar's playing without out knowing who he was for a long time, and when I discovered who he is I was delighted. I am truly pained by Vassar's affliction and I hope, Vassar, that you beat this disease down into the ground, have the energy to bury it deep in a hole, and dance on top of it. Be well, Daniel, adding his voice to the prayer circle.
Daniel Nestlerode <email@example.com>
Modesto , CA USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 14:56:16 (EDT)
It is wonderful to see so many women missing you and loving you from all over the country.
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 14:28:03 (EDT)
Loving you as ever...thinking of you constantly. (You told me that's what I'm supposed to do.) Thinking also of Darlene and wishing her well.
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 13:23:28 (EDT)
Thanks for everything Vassar. I have included a link to my new site with several pictures from your visit to play for us last year.
Ken Kreie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grand Junction, CO USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 12:24:10 (EDT)
Thinking of you during this round of treatment...and always, my Friend.
Jack Riley <>
Missoula, MT USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 12:06:26 (EDT)
My prayers are with you for a miraculous recovery.
Karen Skaggs <email@example.com>
Campbellsville, KY USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 10:47:50 (EDT)
Thank you, sir, for all you do and all you've done. I am praying for you and yours.
Glen Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Russellville, AR USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 10:17:20 (EDT)
I love you, Vassar. It's a pleasure to be alive at the same time as you. I'm listening as I type this to you and John Hartford and Norman Blake and Tut Taylor and Randy Scruggs from back in 1971, the Aero Plain sessions. I forgot just how good that music was. Made me think of you and I had to come and wish you well. God Bless You, Brother
Merciful Lee Dickens <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 07:03:40 (EDT)
Un saluto a tutti i visitatori del sito e tanti complimenti al webmaster! http://www.nextink.it http://www.nextink.net
turin, turin italy - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 04:32:06 (EDT)
In times like now, most folks should be reminded that while the fiddle is a subject of conversation, with Vassar for many of us, his friendship and spritual inspiration supercedes the gift of the fiddle. Please make note Midge that my mama (Margie) who worked with both Jean and Midge in in a factory, 1960-61 in Clyattville,GA also sends her kind thoughts and prayers. We all think of you often with fond memories both spiritually and musically. May the miracles and positive memories continue to happpen in your ultimately positive and legendary lifetime.
John Charles Griffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Macon, GA USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 02:36:54 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, We wanted you to know you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Jesse brings up your name a few times a day. Please know we love and appreciate the way you've been such a great friend over the years. Not to mention a classy guy!!! Please let us know if we can do anything for you and your family. We have no doubt the Good Shepherd is watching over you. We pray for your recovery (God is still in the business of making miracles!)and that you will be kept by the Power of God. In Sincere Friendship, Jesse & Joy
Jesse & Joy McReynolds <email@example.com>
Gallatin, TN USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 02:34:53 (EDT)
Vassar, Thank you so much for your generosity in having Midge share your health updates. It is that generosity of spirit that comes through so clearly in your music and makes it so special. Many thousands of us fans missed seeing you at Merlefest, but your presence was everywhere with many people talking and thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers.
John Killian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
West Hartford, Ct USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 22:37:51 (EDT)
Mr. Clements, I am sorry to hear about your recent illness. Please allow me to wish you a speedy recovery. I first discovered your playing via an interview with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and I was entranced with the expression you can coax out of the bow. So entranced I became a fiddler myself not long afterwards, thanks to you and Mark O'Connor (and Craig Duncan). Thank you for all you've given to music, and thank you for enriching my life through your music. Please hang in there and defeat this beast so you can play some more. All my prayers, Jason Van Steenwyk Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jason Van Steenwyk <email@example.com>
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:21:43 (EDT)
Vassar, It has been a long time since I travelled with you in Florida and Alabama with Bill Monroe & Jim & Jesse (Bobby Thompson was on banjo) in summer of 1958. I am praying for your recovery. Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leesburg, VA USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:04:06 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, Just read the update from Midge and I'm encouraged to hear that you are doing better. All our prayers are with you and we look forward to more good news and some more wonderful music. Your Friends, Mike & Janet Kropp & Family PS: My daughter Heather sends her best to Uncle Vassar!
Mike Kropp <email@example.com>
Wyoming, RI USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 20:48:21 (EDT)
while we alwavys loved your music getting to meet you at hickoryfest prove that it takes a good person to make such wonderful music.god be with you and please get well soon.
sheldon and penny ash <Muhls1@msn.com>
reading, pa USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 20:41:32 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, everybody missed you at springfest,and we all hope that you'll recover and come play you're violin for us again.Take care,Devin.
USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 20:24:41 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Vassar-Thank you so much for your beautiful music. I saw you for the first time last summer over the Fourth of July weekend at the Ledges in Ohio. Your set with John Cowan was amazing! I am praying for you and hope you enjoy a speedy recovery. Best wishes and I hope you can still play the fiddle as you recover, I know you want to! Keep smilin, and God bless you! Love, Jamie
Jamie Stevens <TussyRussy@aol.com>
Macon, MS USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 20:13:47 (EDT)
Loving you as always though we aren't allowed to speak anymore...All i have is your voice on my machine. Sad.
TN USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 19:58:27 (EDT)
MAY 3, 2005 (PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATE)MIDGE HERE....AGAIN WITH THE MOST CURRENT UPDATE OF PAPA. UNFORTUNATELY, ONCE AGAIN PAPA WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL ON APRIL 18TH, 2005 AND DISCHARGED ON APRIL 28TH, 2005. HIS ADMISSION THIS TIME WAS DUE TO NEEDING ANTIBIOTICS THROUGH IV AS WELL AS HIS BLOOD COUNTS BEING TOO LOW. THE ONCOLOGIST WANTED TO HAVE PAPA ON CONTINUOUS IV FLUIDS TO IMPROVE HIS KIDNEY FUNCTION AND WOUND UP CHANGING HIS PAIN MEDICATION AS WELL. THERE WERE MOMENTS OF BEING VERY SCARED THAT PAPA MIGHT NOT MAKE IT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. HE HAD TO HAVE SEVERAL BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS AND UNITS OF PLATELETS. A CHEST X-RAY WAS COMPLETED BEFORE LEAVING THE HOSPITAL WITH PAPA HAVING FLUID IN HIS LEFT LUNG AND THAT IS BEING WATCHED VERY CAREFULLY. WITH THE ON GOING CHAIN OF PRAYER'S THAT CONTINUE AND MOST OF ALL "GOD'S INTERVENTION" PAPA IS NOW MUCH STRONGER, EATING BETTER AND NO PAIN SINCE LEAVING THE HOSPITAL. PAPA HAS ACTUALLY CROSSED TWO HURDLES SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER THAT ALMOST TOOK HIM AWAY FROM US. SO YOU SEE MIRACLES DO HAPPEN. "THANK YOU FOR YOUR GROUP SUPPORT OF PRAYER'S." WITH HAVING SAID THE ABOVE, TOMORROW GEORGE AND I TAKE PAPA FOR HIS 3RD ROUND OF CHEMO TREATMENTS. THE DOCTOR ALREADY TOLD US THAT HE WILL BE DECREASING HIS CHEMO MEDICATION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY 05/04/05.) WE KNOW THURSDAY IS SCHEDULED TO BE A LONGER CHEMO TREATMENT DAY AND FRIDAY WE JUST HAVE TO SEE HOW IT GOES. WITH PAPA FEELING SO MUCH BETTER HE DOESN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY HE HAS TO CONTINUE THE CHEMO TREATMENT, YET IF HE DOESN'T THE CELLS WILL DOUBLE. PAPA IS STILL ON 3 LITERS OF OXYGEN AND THAT IS PRETTY MUCH OF THE TIME. HE REALIZES THAT EVEN 5 MINUTES OFF OXYGEN MAKES A DIFFERENCE. WE HAVE A NURSE THAT MAKES ONE OR TWO HOME VISITS A WEEK JUST TO MAKE A ROUTINE CHECK. THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT COMES ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK AS WELL TO HELP WITH HIS MOTOR SKILLS. AS OF TODAY, PAPA DID "EXCELLENT" WITH HIS THERAPY. I DID ASK PAPA IF HE WANTED TO RELAY ANY MESSAGE TO YOU FOLKS AND THIS IS THE FOLLOWING: "THANKS IS NOT ENOUGH. WHEN CANCER HITS YOU AS IT HAS ME, YOU CAN'T THINK OR TALK FOR YOURSELF. THINGS ARE JUST NOT CLEAR. HOPEFULLY, ONE DAY I CAN GET AROUND TO EVERYBODY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYER'S." PLEASE KEEP PAPA'S ONCOLOGIST AND HIS STAFF IN YOUR PRAYER'S AS WELL AS THE HOSPITAL STAFF WHO HAVE GIVEN HIM SUCH WONDERFUL AND PRECIOUS MEDICAL ATTENTION. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT AND THE CONSTANT PRAYER'S FOR PAPA AS WELL AS OUR WHOLE FAMILY. IT'S AMAZING!!! LOVE TO ALL, MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 19:02:49 (EDT)
In my opinion, you're the best there has ever been. I'm from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and I've heard a few fiddlers. I never tire of listening to you play. In my own band, when trying to explain a particular sound to our fiddler, I constantly refer to something that you played as an example. It saddens me to hear of your illness. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Please, get well soon and play us another tune.
Jackie Dunevant <email@example.com>
Tacoma, WA USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 18:34:35 (EDT)
Dear Vassar- A belated Happy Birthday from you friend and fan, Danny Coane of The Starline Rhythm Boys up here in Vermont. I have been away and just got a chance to write tonight (May 2). Latest news from Midge shows some positive signs regarding your health and that's what we want and pray for. Keep believing and looking forward, Vassar -You're the best and you know all your fans and friends is pulling for you. All my best to you. Danny
Danny Coane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Montpelier, VT USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 22:51:36 (EDT)
Vassar, All of my prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. I want to thank you for the many years of beautiful inspiring music. Many years of awe inspriting sets at the beatiful Spirit of Swuannee music park have fed my spirit and soul. Thnak you for the inspiration. Best luck on a speedy recovery. You are in the thoughts and paryers of many all over the country. God bless you, Blake
Blake Johnson <email@example.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 14:48:01 (EDT)
I just want ot let Vassar know that I am praying for him and for his doctors to make the right decisions for him to have a successful recovery from the particular type of cancer he has. I recently had a 13 year old nephew who was diagnosed with cancer and after going through surgery and several treatments he is now cancer free...a survivor. I truly believe in the power of prayer and will be thinking of you. God Bless you, Tom Sochor
Tom Sochor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wilton, Ct USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 14:23:42 (EDT)
It is nice to see a website with an active board and such a wide range of opinions. Very interesting reading for all who visit.
A guy who helps people Refinance existing Mortgages and Mortgage Loans.
Near PC, In toilet Behind a PC - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 12:40:40 (EDT)
Love your music and your soul. Wishing you well. Thank you for all you continue to give us in inspiration. Pam
Pam Gadd <email@example.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 12:11:54 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Just returned from my Tennessee home and the drive was made perfectly beautiful by your incredible fiddle music. I listened to an old tape of Peter Rowan and friends...you, Curtis Burch, Jeff Mosier, Bryn Bright, Billy Bright...doing some good old bluegrass at a long ago Harvest Fest. As Peter said, you definitely were "in the Way". Love and prayers continue and we hope to see you soon. All best to Midge and George.
Amanda (Mosier) Bauknight <>
Easley, SC USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:01:05 (EDT)
Wishing you the best!!!! Hope you're feeling better soon. Rick And Kim
Rick Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, TN USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:37:34 (EDT)
I hope this note finds you feeling well. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you battle the cancer. I just want to tell you how much I enjoy listening to you fiddle, it's soooo sweet. Thanks for all the music and keep the faith. I hope to see you performing again soon.
Greg Glass <email@example.com>
Quincy, MA USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 16:55:10 (EDT)
Hi Vasser I think you are the greatest when it comes to the fiddle you make it sound so great you inspired me to learn my grandfather on my mothers side played fiddle with uncle dave macon you may have knowed him eldridge campbell he passed away when i was a kid 1972 i'm sorry to hear your sick i will be praying for you i hope everything thing turn out great for you take care i love you.
paul kevin weaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
oshkosh, wi USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:54:19 (EDT)
Hi Vasser I think you are the greatest when it comes to the fiddle you make it sound so great you inspired me to learn my grandfather on my mothers side played fiddle with uncle dave macon you may have knowed him eldridge campbell he passed away when i was a kid 1972 i'm sorry to hear your sick i will be praying for you i hope everything thing turn out great for you take care i love you. kevin
paul kevin weaver <email@example.com>
oshkosh, wi USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:51:52 (EDT)
HI VASSAR ,GLAD TO HEAR THAT YOUR HOME , JUST THINKING OF YOU AS I ALWAYS DO,AND JUST HAD TO SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU MAN.....AND THAT GOES TO THE WHOLE CLEMENTS FAMILY.....SEE YOU SOON.....YOUR FRIEND KEN FRANK......///
KEN FRANK <DDDFRANK@OPTONLINE.NET>
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:14:51 (EDT)
Still lovin' and missing you Vassar!!! With all the people you love you sending out healing thoughts and prayers--you are going to live forever!!!Pretty soon you will up and at it playing that beautiful fiddle again...I have been listening to the cd of you at Harvestfest '02 with Blueground today:):)I planted the garden listenig to "vasser's Jazz' the garden will grow well:) Peace and love to you; Tamara
USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 08:44:40 (EDT)
Hello Mr. Man--It's been too long since we have had a talk--I have thoughts of you and your family often. I have called you numerous times but never got to speak to anyone. I am sure you were "on the road again". Now Sport, as soon as you recover I want to do a CD project with you. Two old "swingers' " like us need to add to the files of "this is how it is supposed to be done". I want to do a Jazz/Swing tribute (Metropolitan Country) based on some of the classic country swing tunes from my Youth--You Don't Have to Be A Baby To Cry / Ernie Ford--Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy / Red Foley etc.--you know what I mean--we can make "em move babe. Well I guess I better move on for now. If you have a chance to call or wirte please do so. I am still here in Mount Juliet at 8685 Saundersville Road--37122 ///Phone firstname.lastname@example.org Hey if you get a chnce check out our web site--Go to the Address bar on your computer and type in www.romiesmithentertainment.tk Gina sends her love. Ti Amo, Romie
Romie Smith <email@example.com>
Mount Juliet, TN USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 08:14:40 (EDT)
When I think of different people I've met over the past 30 years as a musician, I remember different things about different people. Without a shadow of a doubt I think of you,Vassar, and Don Gallagher as the 2 absolutely most genuinely nicest people I've met. I can't help but feel good when I talk to either one of you. The occasions that I've met you have only been a few, even had the honor to share the stage with you once at Spirit of the Suwannee. Of course Carroll has the same family traits, heckuva nice guy and sure enjoy pickin with him and Dan Taylor. Anyway just wanted to drop by and say hi, get better and let you know that you and your family are in my families prayers. We look forward to hearing you soon.
Allen Shadd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lawtey, Fl USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 05:33:25 (EDT)
Vassar this is Craig Owens hope to see you at Bean Bloosom in July. May God be with you when you signed my fiddle down in Tampa Florida it will always be very special to me. Hope to see you soon. If possible please call 517-531-4905. Thank you!!
Craig L. Owens <email@example.com>
Albion, MI USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 20:29:48 (EDT)
Vassar, You're in my prayers now....you've been an inspiration to me and my musical family for well over 3 decades. God be with you, ja
Jody Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Colorado, CO USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 19:01:20 (EDT)
Vasser, in 1976 I was introduce to your playing via "Old & In The Way". I had just been converted to the "Bluegrass faith" via the Circle Album. I have been a big fan of your playing ever since. I loved your fiddle on that album. You provided the foundation for the "other" to do their thing. The sound has never been duplicated. I cannot play fiddle, but I do play banjo (since 19976) Your music has been a source of enjoyment and inspiration. I pray that you will be able to continue your life here on earth. Countless souls have been touched by your music. Please give it the good fight and keep your spirits high. Sincerely, Leon Lobos
Leon Lobos <email@example.com>
Millersville, PA USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 12:06:30 (EDT)
Lot's of folks at Merlefest are sending out well wishes to you. We love you Vassar!
Debbie from NC <>
USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 11:15:51 (EDT)
Vassar....You have been a good freind and a steady influence and idol for me for a very long time. I will keep you in my prayers and wish you well like I know you have done for countless others.Good luck and I look forward to seeing you play again soon. Tony Robertson
Tony Robertson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
killen , Al USA - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 08:29:52 (EDT)
God Bless and my family will pray for you and yours!!!
preston may perry III <email@example.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 16:53:17 (EDT)
Vassar.....I heard you record The House Of The Rising Sun years ago. You had never heard the song before but played it the best I have ever heard it played. We love you and hope you get well soon. God Bless. Codfish John
John Cleveland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Easton, Md USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 15:46:52 (EDT)
Sorry to hear about your illness.My prayers are with you.You are a true gentleman and a great musician and i'm proud to have met you. Good luck and hope to see you again soon. I wish you a speedy recovery. God Bless Lonnie J Osborne
Lonnie J Osborne <email@example.com>
London, KY USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 14:48:17 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! We're thinking of you and you're always in our prayers. Ben Demerath - Northern Lights
Ben Demerath <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 12:00:49 (EDT)
Wishing you the best for a speedy recovery. You're the best fiddle player I've ever heard play. God bless. Rod Soonias
Rod Soonias <email@example.com>
Red Deer, Alberta Canada - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 01:07:34 (EDT)
Dear Vassar: Your name and music have been legend for me since the 70's when I bought Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's album, Stars and Stripes Forever. Nothing I love more than a really great fiddle and no really great fiddlin' I love more than yours! Thank you for sharing your rich talent with all of us. I wish you love, peace, and healing.
Monica G. <>
Liberty , OK USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 18:27:41 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Mr. Clements.
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 17:21:08 (EDT)
Dear Mr Clements. I am sorry to hear about you?re condition. From this side of the ocean I would like to say a Happy Birthday, even if I missed the real day. I wish you all the best and hope you will be on the road to recover soon. Sending my best and most positive thoughts and vibes. Lotta
Lotta Asp Andersson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Halmstad, SWEDEN - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 13:48:46 (EDT)
Nothing I could say in this public forum would be what I really feel. YOU already know. YOU remain constantly in my thoughts. As strong as your Faith was I am sure it is even more so now. Your family and select friends must be of great comfort and support. Those of us who can't communicate with you directly now still send our love, I know MY heart is overflowing.
New York, NY USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 13:01:26 (EDT)
Vassar - We are thinking of you every day. I know the going is tough right now, but I also know you have a way of looking at the positive in everything and I am sure you are doing that now. It is what it is and God won't give you anything you can't handle. Keep up the fight!
Hugh Moore <email@example.com>
Raleigh , NC USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 12:45:53 (EDT)
Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I pray for the Lord's healing touch to be on you. Thank you for all the music.
Decatur, AL USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 11:49:12 (EDT)
My wife and I are both cancer survivors. With modern medicine you will have a great chance to beat this stuff. We have enjoyed your music for years and wish you the best. You will be in our prayers. Thanks for all the wonderful hours of listening and the best of luck to you.
Denny Gies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gainesville, FL USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 11:10:09 (EDT)
Vassar, you're the best of the best! Thank you so very much for the years of sweet, hot licks.
Reisterstown, MD USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 10:30:19 (EDT)
You are my favorite fiddle player and I missed you at Suwannee Spring Fest 2005! I've been going each year since 1999 to see YOU and others play. One of my best shows ever was "Old and In the Way" at Suwannee. One show when you were playing, I stood up (everyone else was sitting) and was clapping and pointing to you and holding my my hand in symbol that YOU ARE #1. You pointed back at me and with the same. Hoping you have a speedy recovery so you can hurry back to Suwannee. Peace and Love , a big fan- Cat
Cathy DeNofa <email@example.com>
Sarasota, Fl USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 09:01:43 (EDT)
...thinking of you this beautiful morning, hoping this will be a good day for you with rest and healing.
Sam Walters and Family <>
MA USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 07:43:08 (EDT)
A question--are these Guestbook entries still being printed off for Mr. Clements to read? We hope so, it is amazing this collective love and respect for him that gathers here. Big Hug and Lots of Love coming to you Vassar from across the miles.
Steve and Mary Sheldon <>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 06:08:39 (EDT)
Vassar, I am a cousin to The Harris Brothers. Reggie Harris wrote a beautiful song in honor of your wife several years ago. I was hoping to see you at MerleFest but my aunt Joyce Harris said that you were battling cancer. She sends her prayers and prays for your health. I am praying that God will give yoo many more years to play that fiddle music that we so love. You have touched many lives with your music including the Harris Brothers and Family. We love you and are praying for your health to return. With Christian Love, Teresa
Teresa Craven <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lenoir, NC USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 23:12:02 (EDT)
We really appreciate the health updates y'all post on the website. I have many concerned friends who appreciate ME keeping them updated with the info. I obtain from this site... Everyone sends Vassar their best get-well vibes...Thanks for everything...and Vassar I consider myself to be an amateur professional Orange Blossom Special Appreciator and you DEFINITELY play it better than anyone....EVER! Thanks for everything...Melinda and a Whole Buncha Fans in Portland, Oregon.
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 21:27:58 (EDT)
A few years ago while strolling past the Americana stage at Merlefest (my first one - I found this music late in life) I was stopped in my tracks by the sound of your violin. I had never heard such a combination of soul, fun and direct connection between artist and music! I looked to see an "older gentleman" standing upright, calmly playing this little fiddle. It was you of course,Vassar Clemments. I fell in love with you then. Your ability to "channel" music is truly wonderful. Thank you for the gifts you have given me and so many others. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Springtime is healing time. Vicki Taylor
Vicki Taylor <>
USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 16:54:59 (EDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VASSAR!!!! We love you and all our healing thoughts are going your way. Love Gary, Susan and Micah Snow
Gary & Susan Snow <email@example.com>
Creston, BC Canada - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 16:27:38 (EDT)
I'm praying for you Vassar, along with many others. I hope you get a little encouragement knowing that there are a lot of folks out here thinking about you and praying for your health and happiness. I have been a fan of yours since the middle 50's when John and I use to go to the Opry together. I hope to see you at Beanblossom again one of these days. I have some video I took of you up on my website from last Uncle Pen Days. I felt your aura as I slept in JVM's guest bedroom a couple weeks ago, knowing that you had been there. Many prayers are with you Vassar. John Hotze
John Hotze <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St.Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 09:55:26 (EDT)
Vassar, As one who knows the fight you are going through at this time, keep the faith and a good sense of humor...and know that you will be in my prayers. My fight with this disease began in 2001, and I know the power of prayer.
Warrenton, Va. USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 18:22:32 (EDT)
A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to you, Mister Clements,I've enjoyed seeing you whenever you came to NY over the years,and you've always impressed me,& I promise to send your birthday wish ON TIME Next year.My best to you and your family and God Bless.
Kent Gendron <email@example.com>
Richmond Hill , Ny USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 18:10:51 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, It's your old fiddle-pal from up New England way!! Been too long, I owe you alot for your help and friendship! You'll remember me from the late 70's up at Lake Champagne valley fairgrounds in Burlington, VT> around 1976, good friends with Brad Glass from Middleboro, MA. Just wanted to say good luck to you, see you behind the bow soon!! Love....David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
David Poland <email@example.com>
Bridgewater, MA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:43:26 (EDT)
Vassar Just wanted you to know that you are still in my prayers for healing of your body. Doyle Lawson .I go to Bible study every tuesday i'm home and you are on our prayer list
Doyle Lawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bristol, TN USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:42:25 (EDT)
Hi Vassar- We keep checking in to see how you're doing, and do appreciate the updates on your website. We send lots of love, hugs and prayers for you to feel better. You mean so much to so many- Gerri & Ross
Gerri & Ross Brown <email@example.com>
Sugarloaf Key, FL USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 12:56:02 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! We hope you had a good day yesterday and felt at least a little like celebrating. We love you and continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.
Laura and Christian <>
Asheville, NC USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 11:58:49 (EDT)
...A respectful request that the truth regarding Mr. Clements' condition be shared with us, his friends and fans. We understand that You, the Family, needs privacy as does Vassar himself, most of all...but it does no one any good to pretend the situation is less serious than it is. Thank you.
Lexington, KY USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 11:22:19 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I am writing to let you know that you have been in my prayers each day since I heard about your diagnosis. Through the years, it has been my pleasure to know you, and enjoy the wonderful gift that God gave you to share with the world. I will always treasure the day we spent together - July 21, 2002 - at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap when you appeared with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Your fan - Peter Zimmerman - Program Director at Wolf Trap
Peter Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vienna, VA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 09:51:22 (EDT)
I JUST WANTED TO SEND A HELLO AND THANK YOU TO VASSAR. I WON'T SAY THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME IDEA OF THE JOY THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN WITH YOUR MUSIC AND SPIRIT.WITH HOPE AND GOD'S GRACE WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ON STAGE MOVING PEOPLE ONLY THE WAY THAT YOU DO. I AM A FRIEND OF THOMAS'S (T-DAWG). WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT YOU JUST TODAY AND YOU SHOULD KNOW JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT YOU AND ARE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT RIGHT NOW. TAKE CARE AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED. CAROLINE MAGEE, DECATUR, GA
caroline magee <email@example.com>
decatur, GA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 02:26:52 (EDT)
Vassar, I had the great opportunity to hear you play with Old and in the Way a couple years ago in Pittsburgh, and got to meet you after the show. You were one of the nicest people I've ever met, and seemed more thankful that I came to hear you than I was to have you play for us. I consider meeting you one of the memorable moments of my life, and I truly wish you a speedy recovery!
Eric Reichbaum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 00:50:58 (EDT)
vassar, just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. all the love shown to you thru these e-mails & cards reveals how much your personal & musical spirit has meant to our lives. we're all hoping with all our hearts that you'll pull thru this. steve d.(the pollack to you)
steve davidowski <email@example.com>
marshall, nc USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 22:15:49 (EDT)
Happy Birthday! We love you and are praying for you. We pray for health, happiness and healing in the new year. Love, Dena & Bill
Dena & Bill Ward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mayville, NY USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 21:18:39 (EDT)
Vassar, John here from Northern Lights. So sorry to hear about your health problems. All of us in Northern Lights are really pulling for you. I hope you have a great birthday in spite of everything. Your friend, John
John Daniel <email@example.com>
Leeds, ma USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 17:08:55 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Vassar! We got an email from Linda Bolton who told us that today is your Birthday! We wish you blessings from God in health and spirit. You signed my daughters fiddle when you were here in Albuquerque and she shows it to everyone she meets. She is very proud to have met you and we hope you get well soon so that we can see you again, Amanda would love to play with you someday. Sheila McKisson for Amanda Lynn(dtr) and Dave McKisson
The McKisson Family <DMckisson@hotmail.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 16:14:22 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, A big Happy Birthday from Florida. I just listened to you playing The house of the Rising Sun.Your performance on that tune is the MOST EMOTIONAL fiddle work I have ever heard. I don't think anyone can ever top this for pure feeling from every spectrum. Thank you for being who you are, and what you are. I pray daily that the Lord Jesus will heal your body in accordance to HIS will. We love you Ralph & Bobbie Clements Lakeland Fl.
Ralph Clements <Clementsralph@msn.com>
Lakeland, Fl. USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 16:03:29 (EDT)
Vassar, you are so much on all of our minds. We missed you on Saturday night in NYC, but the Musicians played their hearts out all night, thinking of you. We love you and wish you all the best in the world. You'll be fiddling again!! Love from us all.
Randi Mattson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Great Neck, NY USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 14:39:45 (EDT)
God bless you, Vassar. You have brought so many people joy with your music. May god protect you and see you through this fight with the illness. We love you!
Cindy Haight <email@example.com>
Jamestown, NY USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 14:38:30 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I am writing to send birthday wishes and prayers for your recovery. You are an inspiration and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there! Erika
Erika Gerety, Albuquerque Folk Festival <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 13:41:48 (EDT)
MR. CLEMENTS AND FAMILY- WE ARE PRAYING TO GOD FOR HEALING AND PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING. I HAVE BEEN A FAN FOR MANY YEARS AND IN DEC. 2004 HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING YOU IN ATHENS, GA. ALL THINGS WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE THAT LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. ROMANS 8:28 SINCERELY, CURTIS VEAL
Curtis Veal <CurtisVeal@aol.com>
Bowman, Ga. USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 13:08:15 (EDT)
The folks at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vermont are wishing you the very best on your birthday today! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Becky McMeekin, Program Director Chandler Center for the Arts
Rebecca McMeekin <email@example.com>
Randolph, VT USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 12:58:11 (EDT)
Well A Big Happy Birthday to you "young man". I know you would rather be out fiddlin' around but you take care and we look forward to seeing you in August at Podunk. Midge you give him a big kiss from all of us in Connecticut! Roger
Roger Moss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
East Hartford, CT USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 12:54:45 (EDT)
We are thinking of you on your 77th birthday and praying for your complete recovery. Hope you are feeling much better and that you will be able to go home soon! Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <email@example.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 12:37:16 (EDT)
We sure missed you at Old Settlers Music Festival this weekend. Working backstage hospitality was not nearly as nice without you. Deanne was talking about how special it was for her the time that you let her hold your fiddle while you explained its history. We wish you well.
Deanne and Ingrid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 12:18:20 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, Happy Birthday, We Love You More Than Words Can Tell....
C + L <>
USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 10:59:17 (EDT)
Happy Birthday Mr. Clements. Last year on your birthday we were so pleased to have you come by my house and eat dinner. The kids still talk about how much they enjoyed your stories. You have all our thoughts & wishes for full recovery. Hope that next year on your birthday you will be up & playing. Regards... Carolyn Clements
Memphis, TN USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 10:26:14 (EDT)
Saw you at Great American Music Hall in SF a while back.What a great show.Wish you all the best and sending prayers out to you.Get well soon.
Ken Carr <email@example.com>
Princeton, NJ USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 10:13:24 (EDT)
Only a man like vassar can reach pepole ranging in age from 2 to 82. Vassar, I have told you this before at nelson ledges, Thank you for dedicating your life to making people like me happy. You are in my daily prayers and thoughts vassar.
Nick DiDomenico <n/a>
Painesville, ohio USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 08:42:38 (EDT)
Dear Mister Vasser, I am real sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Just wanted you to know, I heard of you (unfortunately) for the first time tonight on a Pittsburgh station that was hosting the Grateful Dead Hour. They played a song that I wished I could have gotten the name. I've been buzzing your websight trying to find it. It may have been Fiddlin' & Faddlin", but I only heard the last minute or so of the song and luckily I didn't wreck my Jeep while I was rolling down the road! It was a great mix of bass, youself, a little banjo and harmonica. A great Jukin'tune. I WILL find it sooner or later! My Father was a Blue Grass player, mostly guitar, and unfortunately I didn't learn to enjoy it until the later years of my life after he was gone. I do want to say I was saddened my the news, especially having heard you for the first time but I will forever remember that brief moment of joy you gave me tonight. I will pray for you and you family and with the grace of God, we will all get through this. Sincerely, Bill Bergey
bill bergey <boxcar@ alltel.net>
Apollo, Pa USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 22:33:51 (EDT)
Dear Mister Vasser, I am real sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Just wanted you to know, I heard of you (unfortunately) for the first time tonight on a Pittsburgh station that was hosting the Grateful Dead Hour. They played a song that I wished I could have gotten the name. I've been buzzing your websight trying to find it. It may have been Fiddlin' & Faddlin", but I only heard the last minute or so of the song luckily I didn't wreck my Jeep while I was rolling down the road! It was a great mix of bass, youself, a little banjo and harmonica. A great Jukin'tune. I WILL find it sooner or later! My Father was a Blue Grass player, mostly guitar, and unfortunately I didn't learn to enjoy it until the later years of my life after he was gone. I do want to say I was saddened my the news, especially having heard you for the first time but I will forever remember that brief moment of joy you gave me tonight. I will pray for you and you family and with the grace of God, we will all get through this. Sincerely, Bill Bergey
bill bergey <boxcar@ alltel.net>
Apollo, Pa USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 22:33:04 (EDT)
At the Shikori Hills music festival yesterday (April 23) Tony Williamson remembered you to the audience and you got a round of applause. I remembered your name from long ago (early 70's) when you appeared occasionally at the Amazingrace Coffeehouse at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. My thoughts are with you.
USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 21:45:44 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Clements, Last night my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing Hickory Project perform for the first time. We were informed by them of your illness and were asked to send prayers and hold you in our hearts. I am writing to send you my heartfelt blessings and much healing energy. You have blessed so many people for so many years with your gift of music. The outpouring of energy that you have created musically in your life will certainly come full circle back to you in the form of restored health. Peace and many Blessings to you. April Myers
April Myers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bellefonte, PA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 20:55:58 (EDT)
Dearest Vassar, I am so thankful for your contribution to music. I live with AIDS and your music gets me through times i thought i'd never get through. Your wonderful and beautiful music takes me far away from my pain. I was so excited to share your music with my now 14 year old grand daughter. While her school friends are all wrapped up in M-TV, and Brittany Spears, Chelsey is listening to, and playing, Old and In the way, and That high lonesome sound. At 14 she has developed such a huge admiration for you. Your gentleness is something we all benefit from, and a mark for us all to strive for. Burning candles for you daily is an honor. Peace, Your Friend, Greg Williams
greg williams <email@example.com>
san francisco, ca USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 19:42:51 (EDT)
Vassar, about three decades ago, when I first started listening to bluegrass and acoustic music, you were a big part of my education. And it has been a joy listening to you in all the years that have followed. I know you can beat this thing. We're pulling for you in Berkeley, CA.
Timothy Lynch (aka da Flower Punk) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Berkeley, CA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 14:25:53 (EDT)
Oh, and happy birthday too!
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 14:07:18 (EDT)
We're pulling for you here in the Northwest. Get better! Much love.
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 14:06:37 (EDT)
In all my life I've never seen someone manipulate an instrument so beautifully as Vassar does the fiddle. Seeing him performance forever changed the way I view musicianship. My thoughts & prayers are with Mr. Clements & his family... may the peaceful nature & positive energy within guide you through this ailment, and see your way to a speedy, full recovery. ~jack
Hermitage , PA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 12:51:57 (EDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY V-MAN!! I think back and remember all the music, the stories, the fun and some sad times; and then I look forward and think of all the music, the stories the fun. Nothing is in vain if it is done well and with great heart. Yours' is the biggest heart, done pretty darn well don't you know! : ) WE MISS YOU! And we love you with bigness at mind! See you shortly. XO, Big Hug..Midge, big hug!
Farley & Tommy <>
Ga USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 10:47:25 (EDT)
Hello Vassar!!! Much love to you --and hoping that you are recovering well..You have been missed greatly at Springfest and Dogwood Fest and we sent out MANY MANY healing thoughts and prayers to you, my friend. Please get well so Caroline Pond and I can 'fight' over whose 'man' you are:):):):):) cuz we love you sooo much!!!!Please get better soon!!! My heart goes out to you; Lot's of Love to You Tamara B.
Tamara Botkin <>
roswell, ga USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 10:29:56 (EDT)
Vassar, my family and I missed you so much at Suwannee Springfest this year... We were glad to at least be able to sign the large "get well" Suwannee banner for you (did you see it? It's huge!). It was the first year that I personally had the opportunity to perform at the festival, and was sad that I didn't get the opportunity to meet you personally. Hey, maybe next year! We're all pullin' (and pickin') for you, Vassar. My best and warmest wishes for a safe and successful recovery!
Roy Schneider <email@example.com>
Ft Myers, FL USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 10:29:20 (EDT)
Get well soon from all your fans in Baltimore md.
md USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 08:00:01 (EDT)
We all hold you irreplaceable in our collective spirits! With much Love... cheers, ctcat
Greensboro, NC USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 01:15:30 (EDT)
My heart goes out to you and your family, Vassar. You have touched so many people with your music, we all want to reach out and hold your hand during this hard time of your life. It was the first Circle album that brought you to my ears. I've been hearing you ever since. You've notched a place in my musical being, and in my heart. -chip
Chip Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Holly Springs, NC USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 23:05:12 (EDT)
You are in my prayers Vassar...We played together several times in Nashville, I played with a later version of The Byrds. I talked with our mutual friend Bill Lucado yesterday, who is very concerned about you of course! We will all be thinking about you. I love you man!!
Terry Jones Rogers <email@example.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 22:12:40 (EDT)
Your name is on our prayer list at Terry Parker Baptist Church in Jacksonville. It was placed there by your brother. We certainly will have you in our prayers. My wife is formally from Kissimee. Her brother Harry Koontz rembers going to school with you in Kissimee.His is a Baptist preacher and will place you the prayer list at his church. God Bless
Bob Williams <REWFOTO@AOL.COM>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 20:47:18 (EDT)
I hope you're continuing to listen to the music you love, during your chemo treatments as well as throughout your day. Your music continues to inspire me! I'm wishing you love, hope and peace in your journey.
Roxanne McDaniel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 18:22:23 (EDT)
Thinking of you. Hope your feeling better.
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 18:21:01 (EDT)
God has been working through you for a long time now Vassar - Take comfort in the fact that there is a plan for you as there always has been for all of us God's Speed Haney
Haney Jones <email@example.com>
Mobile, AL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 17:05:17 (EDT)
TO MY HERO!!!!!YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS SIR
MARY VANDERVORT <MTOWNSEND81@YAHOO.COM>
SEYMOUR, IN USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 14:54:24 (EDT)
Vassar, So sorry to hear, but I know that smile that is always on your face is still there. I can remember the first time I saw you play live, and from that point forward, any show you came out and played, was just a bonus for me. I remember the old and in the way reunion show you played in Germantown, Tn. my hometown of all places, i felt so lucky to see you and the group playing all those songs i do truly love. You will be in my prayers and i know that you know better than me, that God has a plan for you. That is evident from your life. I do not know your personally, but that smile of yours makes me feel like i am looking in the eyes of an old friend. Prayers with you
Justin C <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 14:53:39 (EDT)
Rooting, praying for your recovery, Mr. Clements. Thank you for sharing your music with the world. Much love, will and strength to you and all who care for you. Sarah
Home is wherever I am, NY USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 14:41:36 (EDT)
I just wanted to thank Midge for her recent update on Vassar's health and say that I think of him every day. For many years Vassar has shared his beautiful soul through his fiddle and made my life more joyous. Thanks for that and know that I pray for the best for him always.
Avrum Shepard <email@example.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 13:12:18 (EDT)
Vassar, You are the reason I started fiddling some 35 yrs. ago. We are all pulling for you. I can't thank you enough for the inspiration musically as well as showing us all how to be a decent human being. You can do it. Peace, David Blackmon
David Blackmon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Athens, GA USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 12:08:34 (EDT)
You were mighty fine at TBF 25 with Old n way. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.
Hunter Boon <email@example.com>
Napa, CA USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 11:17:27 (EDT)
Hello My Friend Vassar. Today we celebrate your 77th Birthday at Tribeca in Manhattan. I know, I'll do my best. You deserve nothing less. God Bless. Steve Knight from The Electrix.
Steve Knight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 11:04:00 (EDT)
Well first of all I want you to know Vassar has been in my prayers everyday.My wife and I run a morning prayer service Mon>Fri.There hasn't been a day we haven't lifted him up to the Lord.I have met your dad on numerous occasions and a truer gentleman has never graced this world.He is a charming man with a hell of alot of tales.Vassar has seen some sh*t in his lifetime.Now don't get me started on the maestros playing.Heavenly! Well godspeed in your recovery bro.Your a treasure to everyone whose ears you have graced throughout the years Vassar.Peace&Lots of Love Gary
NYC, NY USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 09:18:43 (EDT)
Vassar, We love you!!!, You have been my favorite Bluegrass Fiddle since I first heard the O&ITW album in the late 70s. We wish the you a speedy recovery and God Bless.
Rex Hamilton <>
USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 08:51:18 (EDT)
Best wishes for you for a full recovery. Thank you for the music.
Mark Baker <email@example.com>
Lumberton, NC USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 07:15:41 (EDT)
All best wishes for a recovery, may God bless you.
Neil W <>
United Kingdom - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 03:17:21 (EDT)
Vassar.... Most often, some of the best times of my life, were spent with you... We love you, and you & your family are forever in out thoughts & prayers. Midge and George...please call when you can... Much love & peace: + + + vincent & shelly.(201.567.4060)
Vince & family <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Englewood, NJ USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 01:32:30 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Vassar, Today i was drawn to listen to a record of Old and In the Way, mostly because i love your playing on it! You guys have such good chemistry and magic in that music. I aspire to be as sensitive, interesting, and beautiful in my playing as you are in yours. I wish you and your family all the best in these hard times. Love and Blessings, Gabriel
Gabriel Pelli <email@example.com>
Pittsboro, NC USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 01:18:45 (EDT)
So sorry to hear of your illness. I've enjoyed your playing for years and was lucky enough to see you play an amazing show at William Paterson College in NJ some years back. Thank you, sir, for the great music and I'll be praying for you!
Tom Hackett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
W. Milford, NJ USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 23:32:06 (EDT)
Vassar,hope you are feeling better we miss seeing you !! Del and Jean.
Jean McCoury <Delmadmb@aol.com>
Hendersonville, TN. USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 21:47:24 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I've met you sevearl times over the years and I have always been impressed with your kindness and patience - especially when signing autograph requests. I know you are a fighter and this latest setback is just another test of faith. God bless you and we'll see you on the road soon. All the best - Jeff
Jeff DeFord <email@example.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 21:19:52 (EDT)
Vass I met you in the back of the ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Jerry Garcia's birthday. I was with my buddy Carterville. You were such a delite to meet and such a presence to see. you have touched many and inspired just as many now it is time to send some of that love back to you. Take er easy Vass
David casey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pagosa Springs, CO USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 18:55:25 (EDT)
I have seen you perform for so many years and you have brought so much joy and pleasure to the world. All of our hopes and prayers are with you as you recover, and you will be on stage again because we all need you and your music. Thank you for all you have done to make this a better world, Ellen
Ellen Buchanan <email@example.com>
Missoula, MT USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 18:48:54 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm pulling for you BIG time!! Please get well!!!!
John J. Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Longmont, CO USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 18:09:42 (EDT)
We love you Vassar. We will play our shows this weekend for you and remember you as we hear your influence in our playing. We hope on some level that you will be able to experience in your mind the true love so many have for you and the complete joy you have brought to all of us who play. May you receive the true blessings of love and joy in these times of sickness and may the angels help and comfort your family. We love you all and are thankful for the wonderful family Vassar you have. Know that we will be thinking of you in every note. Peace buddy. "rev" Jeff Mosier and bgug in Asheville.
"rev" Jeff Mosier <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 18:06:19 (EDT)
Again, it was such a special time having breakfast on the road at a Huddle House with You and Cousin Carroll after the Athens Holiday show this past December. Your friendship continues to be an inspiration musically & spiritually. Many are thinking about you. As soon as you get better, it's gonna be my turn to buy your breakfast. We'll gittem to make bisquits from that good ole Martha White Flour.
John Charles Griffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Macon, GA USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 17:59:59 (EDT)
As a long, longtime fan of Mr. Clements and his music I wish him peace during his illness.
Nancy Myers <email@example.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 17:06:11 (EDT)
Vassar, many of the people that have enjoyed your gift and had their hearts lifted by your music are now collectively turning their energy toward healing you. I've been healed by the power of music before, and you must have felt this power many times. Keep playing if your health allows, it's medicinal! We love you, please hurry back!
Chris Birmingham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clinton, NJ USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 16:45:43 (EDT)
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email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 13:45:06 (EDT)
We're with you Vassar. Get better buddy.... We got a whole lot more music we need to play together!!! Love you and thank you thank you thank you a million times!!! Mike
Mike Marshall <email@example.com>
USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 13:32:44 (EDT)
I hope you feel better soon! you are a musical inspiration and a wonderful soul. Until I see you perform again! Take care!
Kenny Hathaway <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Columbus, Oh USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 12:55:18 (EDT)
get well vassar and thanks for all the great music through the years.... it was a pleasure meeting you and i will treasure the pic of us together !
philly, pa USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 10:53:15 (EDT)
Best wishes and prayers to a great person. Get well. Also, Floyd, VA sends its love.
Scott LOrd <email@example.com>
Centreville, MD USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 10:31:53 (EDT)
vassar i love you johnny
USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 10:19:26 (EDT)
Your music brings joy to my soul. Thank You! God Bless You Always!
Nancy Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 08:20:01 (EDT)
Dear Vassar - So sorry to hear of your current health woes and wish for you all the best. There aren't many people who have kept my interest musically for 35 years, but you're one of them. God bless you. Thanks, Peter
Peter D. Blake <email@example.com>
Crown King, Az USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 02:55:22 (EDT)
hey vassar, its me judy #2 .... remember me?... i was your excusive driver last yr at the old settlers music fest. boy i miss you this yr. i just heard the painful news while i was out there tonight. keep your chin up or pressed to your fiddle, hun. you can beat this and we're all prayin' for you my dear friend. love always, judy hogan aka judy #2 aaka jude the pude.p
judy hogan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
austin, tx USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 02:46:21 (EDT)
vassar!! had a great time with you at the lyric theatre in stuart florida. you played a great set and me and my friend eddie went backstage to meet you and everyone of your band members were so polite and loving it was a pleasure to meet you and we got some nice pictures of you and your band thanx for the tunes get back in shape and we'll see ya on the road danny from phunclesam
danny joffe <email@example.com>
asheville, nc USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 01:11:07 (EDT)
Thanks for all the wonderful and wonder-filled music; wishing you a peaceful passage through your present predicament.
A fan who loves to listen <>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 00:36:08 (EDT)
It was a pleasure to meet you at Nelson Ledges Quary Park. You are the finest fiddle player, God Bless You. God heals all who believes and has faith. And I know you are a man who believes and has faith. You do let your light shine. God Bless You and all of your family.
Rick Ellison <Banjo__Mania@excite.com>
Garrettsville, OH USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 22:47:33 (EDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace and love to you.
Teresa Little <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 18:22:45 (EDT)
Vassar....You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you have a speedy recovery. Get well soon!!
Elizabeth Bowman <>
Chatsworth, Ga USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 18:14:31 (EDT)
Vassar, I know you probably won't read this but I have to say again that I love you, I miss you and I think of you all the time. I can only hope and pray that you are not suffering. Me
Somewhere, USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 17:57:25 (EDT)
You are in our prayers. We have received much joy from your music and look forward to more. Here's to a speedy recovery.
Mike Doran <email@example.com>
New Orleans, Louisiana United States of America - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 17:54:37 (EDT)
vassar,sorry to hear your not feeling well.. i do hope and pray they next message i read will bear great news,as you are one of the most upstanding musician,and downright gentleman,i have ever had the fortune of meeting.. god bless bro! kno that you are loved!
river edge, nj USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 17:33:13 (EDT)
Vassar, I play fiddle, nothing as good as you, but you have been an inspiration to me for over 30 years. The family and I wil keep praying for you in the days ahead, for strength, appetied, and a peace that God gives us in troubled times. Hold tight brother as we lift you and yours before the Father. Bill in Dallas
Bill Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dallas, TX USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 01:34:16 (EDT)
I have been a huge fan for over thirty years. You, Statman,Grapelli, and M.Hedges are my all time favorites. It seems that this world is blessed by people like yourself, who unselfishly give to the beauty of this planet....thru your music and good will... my brother in law john viselli says your the nicest guy. God bless and I wish you could give me some advice. But choices are what make us who we are ...fellow fiddler, I'll say a prayer for you, Harvey
Harvey Marcotte <email@example.com>
Bear River, N.S. USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 22:48:31 (EDT)
Vasser, best of luck with this from the folks of Machias Maine and downeast. we hope to see you again up north when your better. all our love goes to you from the north woods.
stephen copel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 21:40:13 (EDT)
Vassar, Hazel and I are praying that you will have a complete recovery soon. We must met again and go over some of our past "experiences". We love and pray for you Vassar. Ed Campbell
Ed "Possom" Campbell <email@example.com>
St. Cloud, Fl. USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 21:35:52 (EDT)
Thank you for all you have done and given to everyone through your music. Kindest Regards, Greg
greg t <>
houston, tx USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 18:35:41 (EDT)
.DEAR VASSER I WILL PRAY FOR YOU> GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY>
mark hassan <>
toronto , canada - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 18:10:20 (EDT)
Sorry to hear you're back in the hospital and hope you will feel like eating again soon. Please get well soon, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you can stay well yourself, Midge. We appreciate your updates. Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 18:05:01 (EDT)
Hello Vassar. I wanted to say that you inspired me to take up the fiddle 30 years ago, something that I still love dearly and play every day. It`s got to be tough what your going through, but I know that if you have the total faith that you can be healed, it will happen. I know of a lady that had bone cancer and the prognosis was poor. She knew she could be healed and she`s been cancer free for about 4 years now. She told me it`s all in your mental state. I believe there`s always hope. I don`t want to sound too preachy, it`s just that I`ve seen a lot of healing in the last 15 years, some that the doctors couldn`t believe. That`s great! We`re wishing you the best.
Jack Appel <email@example.com>
Santee, CA USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 12:07:00 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Thanks for dedicating your life to music. You have given your listeners a great and powerful gift. Take care. I hope that we can see more of you soon. Sincerely, Kevin
Kevin Calloway <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 10:42:08 (EDT)
Hope you're doing better. If you'd like to try a natural product that has been helping a friend of mine with stage 4 lung cancer (it's shrinking) & can be used with chemotherapy, please let me know. It's an immune system trigger, AiE10, that's completely natural. You turned my son on to bluegrass when he heard you recently in Vermont at a bluegrass festival. Thanks for all of your music! Take care, Mei Ling
Mei Ling <email@example.com>
Flagstaff, AZ USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 23:39:04 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I first saw you as a teenager at a free show and it changed my entire taste in music. I had never seen so much energy and heard such beautiful music. Thank You for opening my eyes to a wider world of music. Then I met you during a break at a show and was influnced by your kindness. Your attitude and music has been a positive influence and a part of my life for the past 30 years. I still can't sing your praises loud enough. Please, Please get better. Your Loving Fan, Roberta
Roberta Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 20:32:59 (EDT)
Sincerely hope you get well Vassar , I have not seen you live yet but love your playing.Look forward to seeing you in the future.
Steve Schrecengost <email@example.com>
Va. Beach, VA USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 17:59:51 (EDT)
vassar -- our thoughts and prayers are with you. your artistry touches the hearts and lives of so many of us. thanks. bob french
bob french <firstname.lastname@example.org>
norman, ok USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 17:29:20 (EDT)
From your home state Florida the "Sunshine State:" I'm praying for you to make it throught this illness. God may need a fiddle player in heaven, but we need you here on Earth. My hopes and prayers go out to you Vassar.
Thomas B. Stout II <email@example.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 16:59:56 (EDT)
Vassar, Last spring about this time I had the chance to meet you at the Old Settler's Festival along with Dawg, Peter Rowan, and the McCourrys; I must say as a young man (only 21) I sure appreciate your kindness and of course the fine fiddling you bring to my musical palette. I can't think of a better album to listen to than some Old and In the Way, I love the style you bring to each song you play! I recently picked up the old Aero-plain record with you and John Hartford, and I haven't stopped listening to it since. I wish you a fast and safe recovery and may you and your family be blessed with everything good in life. Best Wishes, Mark Mellen
Mark Mellen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 23:38:34 (EDT)
Vassar - Get well soon!!! I had the distinct pleasure of meeting you and sharing a stage with you, years ago, in Philly. It was at the 23 East in Ardmore, PA and my old band, Double Dose, had the honor of opening up for a band that you and Commander Cody were playing with...Stir Fried, if I recall. It was one of the highlights of my musical career. Get well!!!
Eric "Pappy" Weingrad <email@example.com>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 20:14:16 (EDT)
"APRIL 18, 2005" (MONDAY) HEALTH UPDATE ON PAPA AS OF TODAY WITH HIS OFFICE VISIT TO THE ONCOLOGIST EARLIER THIS MORNING IS THAT IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO BE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL ONCE AGAIN. HIS PLATELET COUNT IS LOW, HE'S DEHYDRATED AND NEEDS IV FLUIDS AS WELL AS AN ANTIBIOTIC. PAPA HASN'T EATEN ANY FOOD IN 3 DAYS, THEREFORE, HE'S EVEN MORE SO WEAKED. HOPEFULLY, HE WILL FEEL MUCH BETTER IN A FEW DAYS. PAPA IS A SICK BABY RIGHT NOW, BUT MAYBE THERE ARE SOME BRIGHTER DAYS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. MORE THAN LIKELY, IN A FEW DAYS WE'LL HAVE MORE DETAILS AFTER HAVING A CT SCAN. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR HIM. "THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR CONCERNS." MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 16:52:19 (EDT)
Oops, meant to say John Tomlin, not John Hardin...
USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 15:46:12 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, tall Toby here. I had the pleasure of playing bass with you, Boyd, John Hardin, and the rest over at those Mondays in Hermitage a few years back. Just wanted to let you know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. Here's to a speedy recovery (and more speedy renditions of Wheel Hoss and Orange Blossom Special). All the best, Toby Leonard
Toby Leonard <email@example.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 15:38:55 (EDT)
GOD BLESS YOU VASSAR AND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME BLUEGRASS AT ITS BEST GET WELL SOON!!!!
TOM STENSGAARD <TOMSTENS@HOTMAIL.COM>
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 13:29:16 (EDT)
Vassar, I hope today is good for you, that you are comfortable and pain free with loving family and good friends at your side. I am sure someone must be reading Bible passages, if you are not able to do so yourself.
Shandra Morris <>
FL USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 07:56:37 (EDT)
Dear Vassar: I cannot put into words how your music has impacted my life over the years. In good times and bad listening to the sounds of your fidde have enriched my life and brought joy to my heart. I first heard the sounds of a bluegrass fiddle listening to Chubby Anthony playing clubs and festivals in and around Gainesville in the late 1970's. The first time I heard you play was on Dicky Betts Highway Call record and I have been listening to you ever since. I would always attend the Florida Folk Festival to hear you play and the last several years I have never missed Springfest and the Magnolia Festival. Hearing your fiddle at the main stage beneath the Live Oaks and the moonlight heals my soul. Your performance at the Florida House in Fernandina over the New Year Holiday was a special treat for us all!!! I love to tell folks about the young man who asked you if you knew how to play Soldiers Joy, I bet he never heard it played like you did that night!! Vassar, you are in our hearts and prayers. I know God answers prayers for healing, I have been through many health problems including a kidney transplant and the Lord comforted me and healed me in these difficult times. I am looking forward more than ever to seeing you at the Magnolia Festival in October!! See you there, Love You !!! Ed
Ed Montgomery <>
Fernandina Beach, FL USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 20:28:38 (EDT)
dear Vassar, I'm putting out the good word with all my friends so we can offer prayers & send along as much healing vibrations as possible. Your music & message have been an inspiration to me for at least 25 years. Your smooth, clear intonations have taught me the proper way to blow the harmonica. Relax , take it easy. Leave your recovery to the experts.love
round dave rosenblatt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hernando, fl USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 14:46:49 (EDT)
I, like most of Vassar's friends, have no access to contact him, now that his phone is not being answered. Though I hesitate to broadcast this to to the world, it is important. Would the family member who is monitoring this site please pass on to him that I have finally been baptized. I think he would appreciate knowing, as it was him through personal testimony, witness, encouragement and accompaniment to church, who led me to this, the greatest decision and moment of my life. THANK YOU VASSAR! May today be good for you, surrounded by loved ones. I hope there is not too much pain, though I know you would bear it with a smile and never a complaint. We all love you so much.
Allan Maitland <>
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 10:10:46 (EDT)
Dear Vasser, your in my thoughts and prayers for a successful & healthy recovery. I was 18 when I first saw you play at the Towne Crirer, Pawling NY, back in 1988, and I've had the plessure to see you a few more times over the years, in Stowe VT, Winterhawk, State Bridge, CO with Peter Rown which was my most rememberable moment of music ever. Thankyou Vasser, best of health and high spirits over these next few days & months. Always keep on the sunny-side of Life. Yours truly, Kellogg
chris kellogg <email@example.com>
waterbury, VT USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 09:05:27 (EDT)
You told me to stay with you on this. I AM still with you and we ARE a team. Please know that.
USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 10:12:46 (EDT)
hey just wanted to wish the best vassar, hope you get well soon. I have heard some promising news on larry rice and i am sure that you will fight through this as he has, your a great inspiration to me as a guitar play the bluegrass album band with you on it as well as all the live shows you have done with Tony blows my mind... thanks alot ... C.J. lexington ky- home of JD Crowe
lexington, ky USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 03:31:31 (EDT)
"APRIL 15, 2005" (PAPA'S HEALTH UPDATE) HI EVERYONE! MIDGE HERE...WITH PAPA'S DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS SINCE HIS DIAGNOSIS OF "SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER." THIS IS THE FIRST CHANCE "I'VE" HAD TO PERSONALLY GIVE YOU WONDERFUL AND CARING FOLKS AN UPDATE. I DO WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO "THANK THOSE OF YOU" WHO HAVE SENT CARDS AND FOR THE CONTINUOUS PRAYER'S FOR PAPA'S RECOVERY. I WILL "NEVER" BE ABLE TO THANK YOU PERSONALLY BUT I'M SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE OUT POURING OF CONCERN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! PAPA DID HAVE HIS FIRST ROUND OF CHEMO TREATMENTS (03/15/05, 03/16/05 AND 03/17/05) WHICH CONSISTED OF (3) DAYS BACK TO BACK IN MARCH WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL. HE WAS HOSPITALIZED MARCH 14TH AND DISCHARGED MARCH 31ST. HIS ONCOLOGIST MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO US THE FIRST TWO WEEKS WOULD BE CRITICAL AND CRUCIAL. NEED I SAY, IT WAS A VERY TRYING TIME. AT THE TIME, PAPA WAS ACTUALLY IN LIVER FAILURE. WITH THE MANY PRAYER'S AND MOST OF ALL GOD'S WILL AND INTERVENTION PAPA CAME THROUGH THE VARIOUS OBSTACLES HE ENDURED DURING HIS STAY IN THE HOSPITAL. MONDAY 04/11/05, TUESDAY 04/12/05 AND WEDNESDAY 04/13/05 WAS THE 2ND ROUND OF CHEMO TREATMENTS. PAPA DID FAIRLY WELL. ON WEDNESDAY AFTER HIS CHEMO HE WAS GIVEN A SHOT CALLED NEULASTA TO HELP THE WHITE BLOOD CELLS AND BONE MARROW. I WAS TOLD HE MIGHT HAVE FLU LIKE SYMPTONS AND MORE WEAKNESS IN A FEW DAYS AS A RESULT OF THE SHOT. THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY HE HASN'T FELT REAL WELL. WE RETURN ON MONDAY 04/18/05 FOR AN OFFICE VISIT AS WELL AS A POSSIBLE SHOT FOR THE RED BLOOD CELLS, THEN NEXT TO SCHEDULE A TIME FOR A CT SCAN TO SEE WHAT THE CHEMO TREATMENTS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. PAPA, GEORGE AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE SISTER'S (TERRY AND RENEE) FROM PAPA'S FIRST MARRIAGE DRIVING BACK AND FORTH FROM FLORIDA ON THE WEEKENDS TO HELP ME OUT. NOT TO MENTION, (JANICE) PAPA'S SISTER WHO STAYED WITH ME AT THE HOSPITAL MOST OF THE FIRST TWO WEEKS WHICH WERE CRITICAL AND CRUCIAL. JANICE, TERRY AND RENEE HAVE BEEN A "GOD SENT TO ME." MY NIECE MISTY AND HER BOYFRIEND KYLE HAVE BEEN AT MY BECKON CALL. THEY ALL HAVE BEEN SUCH A TREMENDOUS HELP TO ME AND OF COURSE TO PAPA. PAPA'S COUSIN, CARROLL, WHICH HE THINKS OF AS A BROTHER CAME TO VISIT PAPA WHILE HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND THAT WAS VERY SHORTLY AFTER CARROLL HIMSELF HAD SHOULDER SURGERY. IN CLOSING, EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THE DIAGNOSIS ISN'T GOOD, WE STILL HOPE AND PRAY FOR GOD'S INTERVENTION WITH A MIRACLE. PAPA IS TRYING HIS BEST TO KEEP UPBEAT!!! I'LL TRY AND GIVE HEALTH UPDATES AS OFTEN AS I CAN. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL THE CARDS, PRAYER'S, PHONE CALLS AND VISITS. THEY HAVE BEEN SO OVERWHELMING AND COMFORTING....MIDGE
MIDGE CRANOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 02:02:15 (EDT)
Midge & Vassar and family, Just to let you know that I have had you in my thoughts since first an email came my way from someone alerting me to the need for prayer and healing thoughts. I do hope you are doing well and being strong, Vassar. I care so much, and have for so long been so moved and touched by the things I have felt when listening to you play your fiddle, and the wonderful caring gentlemen you have always been when I have seen you on stage or on a tv or concert show. It was my great pleasure to have had you do a phone interview for my radio show when "Full Circle" came out. Thank you again for that and do remember that the many listeners here in Montana are hearing your music as I give them and they love you very much. Rik James "Americana Backroads" KGLT-FM, Bozeman, Montana
Rik James <email@example.com>
Bozeman,, MT USA - Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 01:10:42 (EDT)
Get better soon.
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 19:44:01 (EDT)
dear mr clements,you dont know me, i am one of your many fans,i'll never forget the first time i saw you and the band live back in the 70's at ramapo college here in nj , it was one of the musical highlights of my life !! :)wore out my crossing the catskills album,your the best ,THANKS ,keep the faith , terry
terry erichsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
nj USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 19:31:28 (EDT)
Vassar, The bluegrass grapevine told me of your medical situation. I also have one of your family members in my pastel painting class at the Cummer Museum -- Anna Clements. She filled me in on what has been going on and we shared "Clements" family music stories. She is an absolute delight. I have listened to your music for it seems forever... But never met you until you showed up with Bobby Hazori and his band at the former "Cheescake Cafe" in San Marco a year or so back. I was the bluegrass promoter for "Cheesecake" at the time, I also play banjo in a band called "Ancient City Slickers" out of St. Augustine. The next time I see Anna , I'll give her a picture of a mural I painted in a restaurant , " The Listening Post". I used a picture of you taken at Cheesecake for the fiddler in the mural. Unfortunately the restaurant has closed -- but the mural is still there ! We all look forward to the day when we can all have the pleasure of jamming with you again. This little break gives us a chance to practice and catch up with you! You are on my prayer list and In God's time we will all be playing together again... Cable Spence
Cable Spence <email@example.com>
Jacksonville , Fla USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 16:00:47 (EDT)
In conversations with Vassar, he has always spoken with pride of his two daughters, Terry and Renee and his grandsons. He also spoke lovingly of his sister Janice and "brother" Carroll. My family's thoughts are with you and all Vassar's "people", the extended Clements family. You haven't been in the limelight but he has always made it clear how important you are to him.
Janis Sheldon <>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 15:45:03 (EDT)
just another day when I wake up thinking about you.. .. the sun in shinning, the taxes are paid & if I knew you were feeling better & weathering the storms then I could gratefully state, it's all good. it's a wonderful world because you are in it. I can't help smiling through the tears by just thinking about you.
Max & Vic <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 12:54:43 (EDT)
I ALWAYS DEY HERE PLEASE KEEP OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
DR. GUY MAN <GUY_MAN@IGBO.COM>
LOME, LOME TOGO - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 09:45:24 (EDT)
You are one of the greatest musical gifts that God gave this world. Thanks for all the smiles happy moments you have given me over the last 35 years. I will always treasure the few times I got to play with you at the Hermitage coffee shop. It was a privilege in the truest sense of the word. All the best, Carl C
Carl Caldwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mount Juliet, TN USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 22:55:08 (EDT)
I LOVE YOU, I MISS YOU AND I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME. NOTHING HAS CHANGED EXCEPT IT IS ALL THE MORE INTENSE NOW. I AM TRYING NOT TO BE AFRAID.
USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 20:46:05 (EDT)
Wishing you all the best. I'm not a religious person, but when I listen to your music I can't help but believe in a higher power. I hope you feel better soon.
T H Williams <email@example.com>
skaneateles, NY USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 16:34:50 (EDT)
My wife and I are just a few more deadheads that, through your work with Old and in the Way, have bee turned on to bluegrass music. we have taken up the banjo and mandolin and listen to your music all the time. please get better, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love will see you through.
Ben and Kari <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WI USA - Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 10:43:58 (EDT)
love yah syte E.F.C.C
Patrick Ungbada <email@example.com>
aba, Lome Togo - Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 05:37:17 (EDT)
Vassar, you played for us a couple of times around 2000, (we are Anthony Delgatto's buddies way upstate NY)...it was by far one of the greatest honors we have had for you to participate in our humble events. We are praying for you to have a strong and speedy recovery and hope to see you back on our stage, playing amongst the pines. Your music continues to be an inspiration that has immeasurably touched all of our lives. Gratefully...your friends at the Sterling Stage.
Eric McElveen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 19:12:55 (EDT)
Just stopped by to send very best wishes for Vassar. Highway Call with Dickey Betts pretty much turned me onto that style of music.
London, Ont Canada - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 15:11:31 (EDT)
Vassar, You were the first bluegrass fiddler I heard when my college roommate turned me on to Old and In the Way. From there I fell in love with bluegrass, leared to play the guitar, went to festivals and made it a big part of my life. I play less these days, but when I'm giving my 2 and 4 year old kids a bath I often serenade them with my version of Midnight Moonlight. Your music has brought joy to my life, thank you and good health to you. Will Hancock State College, PA
Will Hancock <email@example.com>
State College, PA USA - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 11:48:28 (EDT)
Dear Vassar- A couple of weeks ago, I performed with a young Japanese couple....the young man a gifted guitarist, his sweetheart, a gifted fiddler. We played a range of music together, from bluegrass to django and duke ellington....all on acoustic bluegrass instruments. We had a good time and brought the house down with Orange Blossom Special and Haruka's sizzling fiddle work. What touched me though, was her including some of your licks from the Old and In the Way album on our version of Midnight Moonlight. I don't know how many times I have listened to that album, but I know all the solos by heart. So many years later and so many thousands of miles away, your music still touches people's hearts. I am honored to be a part of that tradition which you have given so much to. Thanks, love, and godbless! You are in our prayers. Get well and come play with us here in Kyoto! Best wishes- Joel
Joel Stewart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kyoto, Japan - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 02:34:38 (EDT)
Vassar, you're in my prayers for a speedy & complete recovery. I cherish the times I met you & enjoyed your live performances. You've had a profound influence on my playing. I'm looking forward to seeing you & hearing you again, soon!
Alan Oresky <email@example.com>
Laurel, MD USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 23:03:03 (EDT)
Let a smile and a lot of love see you through....and may harmony surround you
Ashland, OR USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 22:44:28 (EDT)
Vassar, You have been a huge inspiration in my life.A true, Class one of a kind.My prayers are with you.May God Bless you and Keep you, And make His face to shine upon you. Tom Williamson
Tom Williamson <Fiddlecelt@msn.com>
Bixby , Okla. USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 18:24:03 (EDT)
A speedy recovery to you. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 18:14:10 (EDT)
best of the best to my fiddlin hero. your music is making me happy and all around thanks for inspiration.
bo chaloupek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
chesterfield, mo USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 09:49:34 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I wish you good health and a quick recovery. I have always enjoyed listening to your music and your illness saddens me. You are an inspiration to all musicians. Thank you and godspeed. Steve
Steve mashington <email@example.com>
Cheonan, South Korea - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 06:53:34 (EDT)
You're in our thoughts and prayers here in Mississippi. I've enjoyed your music for years & got to speak with you on a conference call with members of The Boxrockers about posting a backstage video clip on the web (which I hope to still do). may God be with you.
C.O. Russo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bay St. Louis, MS USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 02:36:41 (EDT)
Vassar is one of God's gifts to a cutty, definitive fiddle line. Get well soon! We've got alot more to learn from you!!!!
Ethan Strange <email@example.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 20:46:43 (EDT)
Good luck with your health problems, we will all be thinking of and praying for you. You are a tremendous gift to the music world and we all love your playing. The first string band music I remember hearing was Lonesome Fiddle Blues with the NGDB. That recording introduced the world of string band music to me and set me on my career path. Good Luck Aaron and Boulder Acoustic Society
Aaron Keim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boulder, CO USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 19:49:22 (EDT)
My whole family is praying for your recovery, and our spirits are with you always. I played (harmonica)a few times with you back in '73 with the Caffrey Family and Old and In the Way in San Francisco/Oakland, and have always cherished those memories. Keep fighting on, Vassar. All my best, Mark Myers
Mark Myers <email@example.com>
Shoreline, WA USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 18:54:39 (EDT)
Vassar, I pray that the Lord will give you the strength that you need to get through this valley. I have a feeling that when this is all over and your diagnosis is clear and you stand on top of recovery mountain. We, your millions of fans will be in store for another beautiful tune that only you can compose and play. Just remember what the lord promised in Psalms 30:5 Joy does come in the morning. God Bless you Sir!!
WOODSTOCK, GA USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 14:43:40 (EDT)
Praying for your strength while battling this physical deterent...your music is a wonderful blessing
john Duncan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Franklin, NC USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 14:06:48 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, It was a great honor for me to finally meet you back on Sept. 22, 2001. We were backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and you were a guest with Jim and Jesse that night. It was a pleasure to be able to speak with you and your friend Jerry McGloughlin that night...one I'll never forget! Our hopes and prayers are with you.Stay strong...as usual:) Bryan Stidham. The Mike Adams Band.
Bryan Stidham <BStidham0360@wowway.com>
Troy, MI USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 10:07:05 (EDT)
Vasser,stay positive, keep smiling and never stop playing.Best wishes for the future and thank-you for the music. John
Reading, UK - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 04:43:08 (EDT)
I've never had the opportunity to see you perform live Vassar that's why I am so grateful that live recordings do circulate amongst kind traders. I wish you the best of luck in your treatments and hope for a healthy recovery. It comforts me to know you are surrounded by love. The Kissimmee Kid brings smiles to all that listen.
Oakville, ONT Canada - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 02:11:20 (EDT)
hey there; i saw you at nelson ledges (ohio) last year on the fourth of july.. smokin' .. what a great time.. burnin man, parachutes,..what a hoot..
david devore <email@example.com>
dayton, oh USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 00:24:37 (EDT)
Vassar is amazing!
Jason Hayes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 14:58:30 (EDT)
Dear V-Man; You'd be SO proud of Mark, Joe, Bobby Lee, Pete, Ted, Tyler at Dogwood Festival today! They play an astounding set!! We all so did miss you though - guess what, I think "V-Man" is catching on : ) We did get you a taping - Tommy stayed at the board the whole time -And last night with Pete, Mark Van Allen, Caroline, Joe and the others..a beautiful tribute jam in your honor - and yes, we promised recordings - and will deliver! The sky was sunny and warm and there are many moments caught on tape sending lots of love to you. It makes me proud to call them friends. Didn't we say you needed something for your walls? Well we have a couple of goodies, along w/ the tapes and the video of the Christmas show heading your way very shortly. Midge, everyone sends you warm regards as well and I hope you're doing A-ok! Love to all! xo, FD
USA - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 02:16:11 (EDT)
Vassar: I first saw you in Chicago in the 70s, AmazingGrace, Old Town School, Lincoln Ave... You were and are the best. God bless you and keep you strong. Play on!
Harlan Krok <email@example.com>
Intercourse, PA USA - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 21:10:50 (EDT)
dear Vassar, we all hope you get well soon We Love you Kissimee Kid
matt cooper <>
USA - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 20:55:34 (EDT)
I discovered your music, only in the last few weeks. Bless you for sharing it with us and have a speedy recovery Michael
Michael Ker <>
Cardiff, UK - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 19:23:17 (EDT)
HI VASSAR, JUST LISTING TO A GREAT SHOW WITH YOU AND CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN TOGETHER FROM MY HOUSE ,FROM OVER 20 YEARS AGO , WOW WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME THAT WAS...AND I JUST CAN`T HELP THINKIN ABOUT HOW BEAUITFUL YOU ARE ......LOVE ALWAYS.....KEN FRANK
KEN FRANK <DDDFRANK@OPTONLINE.NET>
UPPER SADDLE RIVER , N.J. USA - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 15:41:00 (EDT)
The best of luck!
Dave Stansbury <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gainesville , MO USA - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 01:13:18 (EDT)
Get well soon. All us folks up here in AK are pullin' for you. Come visit us next April at the Alaska Folk Fest in Juneau!!
Charlie Brown <>
Juneau, AK USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 16:46:52 (EDT)
My husband, John and I are keeping you in our prayers, and are sending you healing thoughts and energy. You and your music are an incredible gift to this world! Thank you so much. We look forward to your recovery. Love, Kath & John
Kathy Tremblay <email@example.com>
Randolph, NH USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 13:01:44 (EDT)
Vassar Heard about what you are going through last night on Dickey's radio session last night. Just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is a privelage to be able to sign on you website. We love you. Cindy (I am Pedro Aré¶¡lo's mother, Dickey new bass player)
Cindy Donoghue <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sugar Land, Texas USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 11:28:34 (EDT)
First heard you 30 years ago, Vassar. Still listen to you today. Best wishes and GET WELL SOON!!!!
Baltimore, USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 10:40:36 (EDT)
Dear Mr. Clements, I was saddened and sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis. I first saw you perform with Dickey Betts in Lawrence KS in the mid '70's and was most recently blessed to see you and visit with you in the balcony of a small theatre in Kansas City where you played with Tony Rice, Peter Rowan and the Brights. You were kind and gracious to my husband and I as we asked for and received your autograph. It was truly a treat for me to meet you in person and an experiece I will not forget. Thank you for sharing your musical talents over the years. The years have been a friend to you and you have never been considered as "Old and In the Way." You have been a source of inspiration to me and many others. May God bless and keep you. Most Sincerely, Ethel Brown Liberty Missouri
Ethel Brown <email@example.com>
Liberty, MO USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 10:36:59 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, Just sending all my light and love to you.Your music has done so much for me and just getting to play with you is a blessing. Love, Klyph
klyph Black <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BKLYN, NY USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 10:08:44 (EDT)
Wanted you to see what Joe Craven had put on his web site on his calendar! Atlanta Dogwood Festival, special Get Well Tribute Set to our beloved Vassar Clements, with Mark Van Allen, Pete Grant and Bobby Lee Rodgers, Ted Pecchio and Tyler Greenwell of the Codetalkers...and yours truly!
USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 02:40:39 (EDT)
Did you know that massive storms hit Ocala today? Glad that the reunion was last week! How are you feeling? Will be with Joe Craven, Mark Van Allen and Pete Grant this weekend - I promise, we WILL make and send you the tape : ) I know you said you'd be here even if you're not here - but your absense is very noticable!We're dedicating 'Jamming At Jake's' to you - hope we live up to it! OH OH...by the way, Jimmie Clements made an announcement: new CLEMENTS web site. Don't think they'll mind if I put it here: www.clementsfamilyreunion.com. The expected it to be up and running this week, but it's not quite ready. I did what you suggested: "talk to the older folks"! Have lots of fun stories and they had the best food! Call anytime - collect if your cell has run away! 706-742-2225. BEST medicine: find lots of things to laugh at - know that there is not a soul who has met you who does not love and respect you - and I want to tell you that a woman told me the other day: "Our prayer groups meets three times a week, and we set aside one of them for Mr. Clements." BIG HUG! xo, Farley & Tommy
Farley & Tommy <email@example.com>
GA USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 02:26:41 (EDT)
Hi Vassar, I hope this note finds you doing a lot better. Your fiddle playing has and always will be one of the very reasons I enjoy playing the fiddle so much! You are in my prayers. Take care.
Tim Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kernersville, NC USA - Friday, April 08, 2005 at 00:20:00 (EDT)
So sorry to have just heard of your illness. My wife is a social worker at a large cancer hospital here, so I have some idea of the wonderful things that can be done...I pray that you'll come thru this with flying colors. Sorry we haven't run into each other in recent years, but I have fond memories of the many opportunities we've had to hang out and play together. Let's do it again soon! Love, Saul
Saul Broudy <saulbro at aol dot com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 18:52:16 (EDT)
Vassar, Bill Ward just told me that you had officially cancelled for Mayville, and I was sad as I hoped to see you there. Your encouragement has meant so much to Olivia, and she has learned several of your songs. It was great to talk with you at the Reg Lennae in Jamestown again. Midge and Vassar, I know so many are giving you advice, and you want to do the right thing. If you haven't looked into the rainforest plant called Graviola and its fruit called Paw Paw, Please do. It has been helping a lot of people with cancer. It should be okay with your docs, but you could ask them. We all love you and are praying for you. You are the best! I put a site that talks about it in th e URL space. God Bless You. Mike Auell
Mike, Genine, Olivia, and Andrew Auell <email@example.com>
Russell, Pa USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 15:58:58 (EDT)
I am so sorry about your bout with lung cancer; I have seen you on many occasions and you all ways treated the audience like it was your first show. My wife and I hung around one show in Lexington Ky, and you came out to talk to us and we got our photo taken with you, thank you very much we display it proudly in our living room, we will pray for you in hopes all will come out well. At your next show I?m brining the photo for you to sign, please, please. Thank you very much for all the good times and many more to come. Linwood Potter Cynthiana Kentucky
Linwood Potter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cynthiana, Ky USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 14:24:35 (EDT)
just gotta keep checking back in every so often to keep telling you how much love & extreme joy you've created for the many people that have been touched by your life.. .. reading your Guestbook gives me shivers & goosebumps, makes me cry, makes me smile, makes me laugh & makes me feel intensely alive & you are the source.. .. all the lives you've touched share the joy of returny .. let this strength fill you with joy to heal your body & let your soul soar once more.. .. all the love in the world is yours the Wells
Victoria & Al, the WELLS <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 13:40:56 (EDT)
Dear Vassar and Midge, It was with great sadness that we learned of Vassar's recent health crisis. I know there are people all over the world that are praying for your strength in the face of this crisis and for his recovery. We would be delighted to present Vassar and the Northern Lights at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vermont on November 5. We've been hesitant to bother you with a detail that's so mundane in the face of the struggle you find yourself in right now. Please know that we are praying for you in Randolph. Many people here have such fond memories of your last concert at Chandler Music Hall several years ago. We hope you'll be strong enough to return next fall! Peace to both of you. with love and my prayers, Becky McMeekin Program Director Chandler Center for the Arts Randolph, Vermont
Becky McMeekin <email@example.com>
Randolph, VT USA - Thursday, April 07, 2005 at 13:27:14 (EDT)
Vassar, I'm writing to wish you a speedy recovery. I wish I had something profound to write, I can only say that your music made me interested in the fabulous world of bluegrass and I'm extremely grateful. True american music is plentiful, but bluegrass is americana at it's finest. I can't wait to see the kissammee kid on stage again. get well soon.
Brandon Suber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fort Lauderdale, fl USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 21:28:45 (EDT)
I saw you at the Stanhope House in the 1980's,(New Jersey).It was a performance I never forgot. Get Well Soon,Bob Moffit
Bob Moffit <>
Staten Island, N.Y. USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 18:47:27 (EDT)
Vassar, Marsha, my wife, and I send our love and prayers. If you or whoever reads this I ask you to investigate a product called "Immune 26" at Legacyforlife.net I have hepatitis C and a few other health challenges. I have been using the product for over 3 years. I remember when your nephew's son was sick and you had the benefit for him down at the "FreebirdCafe." I never had a chance to talk to you about it then but I can testify it has helped me with my health issues as well as my wife's, my mother's(who is 76) and numerous others that I have introduced the product to. I believe it will help you deal with the "chemo" as well as other issues you may be facing. It is in the "Physicians Desk Reference" so your Drs can check it out. It is a "dietary supplement" and is completely natural. If you would like more info contact me at the given email address. Your friends and Fans forever, Del&Marsha Vohringer PS I'm the guy who suggested the price for the CD's ya'll made of the benefit down at the Freebird/if that helps. I also babysat your jacket at a gig you had at the "Savannah Blues" once, years ago) Distributor #541792
Del Vohringer <email@example.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 17:12:49 (EDT)
Hey Vassar: Get well soon. We all love you and are thinking of you and praying for you.
David C. Buran <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Burlington, VT USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 15:23:09 (EDT)
No words could ever describe how big an influence your playing has been on mine. Only being 14 years old i am yet to fully realize my playing style. However i can say that bluegrass and the you play the fiddle is a huge influence on my playing. Best Regards Sam Draper
sam draper <email@example.com>
stroud, Glos UK - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 13:58:37 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, It was with great sorrow that we heard of your illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our 8 year old grandson is your biggest fan. When you played Rocky Grass with Old and in The Grey a couple years ago, YOU were the highlight of the festival for Joey and indeed for us as well. Get well my friend (although we've never met, you've been a friend to me for 30 + years without your ever knowing it). With love and hope, Neil, Michele and Joey
Neil Smart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Golden(Coal Creek Canyon), CO USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 11:18:23 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your music, your spirit and your kind heart have always given us such joy. Thank you! Our love, Brad & Pat Higgins Bradley D. Higgins Violins
Pat & Brad Higgins <email@example.com>
Hartford, NY USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 08:04:42 (EDT)
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!!! You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom Cavagnetto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New Port Richey, FL USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 20:30:34 (EDT)
Hiya Vassar, first of all, thanks for all the years of great music!! Our prayers r with you my friend. Peace/Love/light to u!!
Johnny and Dominica <>
USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 19:54:53 (EDT)
Vassar, the uniquely beautiful tones that have poured forth from your being have soothed my longings for so many years now....we need never break bread under the same roof to have shared in divine repast.. your music is communion unto itself...may the divine hand that guides you rest comfortably on your shoulder on your passage through this existence ml
Northbridge, ma USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 19:14:05 (EDT)
Oh no, Clem, not you! My heart, as always, is with you, praying for a speedy and complete recovery. My sons and I just want to see you again and hear your heavenly music. Love, Rosie
Rosie Small <email@example.com>
Miami Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 15:40:43 (EDT)
Get well Vasser. I saw you play in Savanah at the Mighty 8th in a show put on by Randy Woods acouple of years ago. You were great and my friend and I saw you in Deny's restaurant after the show. I shook your hand and, me being a Deadhead, asked how it was playing with Jerry Garcia. You said, "He's just a regular guy". I'll cherish that neat little moment. Thank so much and keep the music coming. Let the Light shine on you! Scott
Scott Rahn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Savannah, GA USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 12:20:29 (EDT)
Vassar, you played at my wedding 2 years ago with Melvin Seals. Leslie and I are praying for you buddy!! Get well soon.
Bobby Driscoll <email@example.com>
new hempstead, ny USA - Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 00:42:14 (EDT)
There are some voices in Bushnell who sang your praise at the family reunion- Gerald, Jerry, Jimmie "that's with an i.e.", Bertha, David, Annette,Carroll, Kim, Donna and Cathy Lee would but likely you'd get a lovely crayon drawing instead,or a piece of apple pie! It was sunny and breezy - and the blessing included a beautiful blessing for you especially - for your health, happiness and recovery. You are loved and missed very, very much! Be in touch when you can.
Bushnell Florida ain't too far away! <>
FL/GA USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 23:52:38 (EDT)
I love you no matter what and you know that. I tried to prepare for this but it is much harder than I realized it would be. Your silence leaves a great void.
USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 21:25:09 (EDT)
Hey Vassar, Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much we all missed you down at the Springfest. The prayers for you, coming out from the flooded festival grounds were many. It's amazing how your spirit travels even when your body can't. We love you, Vassar so very much. Now go on and get better fast. We've got some pickin' to catch up on!
Mary Lucey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Weaverville, NC USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 20:05:29 (EDT)
Really like your website. keep up the good work. All the best Jack & Annett, from England and Germany. www.my.ws code:( jbarr )
Jack and Annett <Find@website.ws>
Cov, Bin Uk. & Germany - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 18:03:04 (EDT)
Get well soon!
Andy Stitt <>
USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 17:40:25 (EDT)
I know I speak on behalf of all the Duhks when I say that you were sorely missed at Suwannee this year. Your kindness and generosity has not gone unnoticed, and we are sending out much love to you and your family. Sincerely, Tania
Tania Elizabeth <>
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 17:37:50 (EDT)
Hope you are getting stronger every day, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda & Kerney
Linda & Kerney Bolton <email@example.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 16:19:31 (EDT)
Hi Vassar. Danny Coane of The Starline Rhythm Boys up in Vermont here. I just heard about your lung cancer diagnosis and read about your treatment to date on your website. I am very sorry to hear about this, Vassar, and, believe me, all my best and powerful thoughts and prayers go to you. I know you with the help from God will defeat this. I have not been in touch with you for quite awhile. You remember me and The Starline Rhythm Boys. I first met you at probably the first major bluegrass event held in Vermont back in 1971 at the old Catamount Race Track. There was you with John Hartford & Norm Blake, along with Earl and his sons and Grandpa Jones. If you remember also, The Starline Rhythm Boys opened for you at the Higher Ground club in Winooski, VT back in 1999 and you kindly gave your great endorsement to our first CD, which is written on the back cover. We really appreciated that coming from such a great musician and person as you. By the way, we may be subbing for you on a show with Northern Lights at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, VT on Nov. 5 which Midge told the director you had to cancel right now. And if we do, we'll do you proud. So, again, Vassar, my thoughts and prayers are for and with you, man, and I hope to read of your recovery in the future. I know it won't be easy, but I know you have the faith and determination to battle it and get back in to playing, which I you love so much and at which you are a master. Take care - all my best. Danny C
Danny Coane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Montpelier, VT USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 12:31:15 (EDT)
When I raved about Charlie Daniels playing Orange Blossom Special my sister told me I hadn?t seen anything till I?d seen Vassar Clements. She knew of what she spoke and I?ve been a fan ever since. Your 72nd bday at the Grand Prospect Hall Bklyn was quite an event. What a place! I wished I could have my wedding there but couldn?t afford to come back so I tried to find someone that would clean up pretty so I could marry them that night. What the heck. All the cool people were already there. Well no luck. Of course you are always the sharpest man in the room and I say that every time I see you. It?s so refreshing. Your music is phenomenal and I can?t think of a better night than the 75th party at Tribeca Blues. It may sound crazy to you but it was surely a thrill for me to have a piece of Vassar Clements 75th birthday cake. How cool am I? Simply put, you?re the best. Heal up and I?ll see ya at Tribeca for 78!!
Kathy Sullivan <email@example.com>
East Rockaway, ny USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 12:30:16 (EDT)
God bless you and keep you.
scott laney <>
USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 12:05:14 (EDT)
Great site, keep up the good work!
h jass <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 11:05:54 (EDT)
All of us who have had our lives touched and spirits lifted by your music will keep you in our hearts and prayers for a full recovery.
Sydney Titelman <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 10:04:07 (EDT)
Hang in there! I have recently been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and am now awaiting a heart/lung transplant. Keep the faith and try to keep your spirits high. My prayers are with you. Al
Al Whitaker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Levittown, Pa USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 09:29:29 (EDT)
Hi Vasser, from BIG fans of yours in Ireland. We met at the Hickory Project's festival in Pennsylvania last August and were delighted to see you freestyling in the cabin and onstage. You gave us some words of wisdom and encouragement that we love to tell people about and will stay with us. With all our best wishes for a recovery as speedy as your bowing. Your Friends and Fans, Prison Love.
Mark O'Mahony <email@example.com>
Dublin, Ireland - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 08:15:40 (EDT)
When I met you at Stonyfork P.A. last August you had such kind and welcoming words; it made the journey much shorter. Get well soon Vassar from your Irish fans; hope to see you again this August.
Dublin, Ireland - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 06:28:21 (EDT)
Dearest vassar you are such an in spiration to me as a young bluegrass fiddle player your ability to span the musical genres inspires me to attempt more on fiddle thank you for the music which has help shape who i am as a human being and a bluegrass fiddler my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family god bless keep playin musics the real medicine
pema withrow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cottage grove, oregon USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 03:51:59 (EDT)
Just a note to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have never heard anyone else that can do the things you do on a fiddle. God Bless you and give you a quick recovery. We need to keep hearing your fiddle -LIVE !
Bob Nation <email@example.com>
Oden, Ar USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 23:01:31 (EDT)
Best Wishes For A Speedy Recovery. Peace, John.
John Nallan <>
USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 21:37:09 (EDT)
Vassar, sending the most sincere of wishes and deep prayers for a refua shelama (full recovery). You've always been a big inspiration to me. I hope I can be a source of some inspiration to you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Bruce (Singing Rainbow) Markowitz
Bruce Markowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 20:45:59 (EDT)
Vassar, God bless you and thank you for all your wonderful music over the years. I have many of your albums and have seen you play many times as well. I hope you recover and that you find both the physical and spiritual peace you've earned. Our thoughts are with you....
Nick Keefe <email@example.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 20:20:38 (EDT)
Vassar, Just a note to let you know you are still on our prayer list. I found out the day before Easter how God is with miracles as I totaled my truck on snow-covered roads and was able to walk away. I pray that he has yours ready and waiting. As we both know - all thing are possible through Him. Best Wishes, Paul
Paul Luster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rockwood, PA USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 18:35:22 (EDT)
Wish you a speedy recovery. As fast as yo move those fingers on the frets!
jim tynan <email@example.com>
brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 17:59:07 (EDT)
hope you get well soon. I am a guitarist and friend of Buddy Cage's. We met at your last birthday gig in NYC at the Tribeca. With God's help , you will recover.
craig morrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
philly, pa. USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 17:39:31 (EDT)
Dear Vassar, I don't know if you'll be reading this but if so, I spoke to my parents, Tex and Peggy said to let you know that you are in their thoughts and prayers... Love. Jody, Peggy, and Tex
Jody Logan <ComeAlongJ@aol.com>
Parkland, Fl USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:46:47 (EDT)
Music has always been the great elixer, the universl solvent that unites the masses regardless of political conviction, chronological factors or cultural preference. Amidst the banality of the last two decades and a myriad of deplorable music and artists,Vassar has withstood the pressure of neoteric bands, worthless tunes and the growth of moronic music, i.e., musicians. He stands along with precious few who have incorporated cajun, classic, and bluegrass violin in mainstream rock n roll. David LaFlamme comes to mind but there can only be one who ascends the throne as the royalty of his genre....After seeing him in The Poconos a few years ago....it is with great faith and hope that you heal rapidly and once again appear before the masses and verify that the arists and subsequent music that transcends the ages will forever overshadow all else and as you ascend your rightful place in the echelons of muiscal immortals....rock in peace. Here's to your health...and in hopes of seeing you again in the future.. Cheers Don Aters
Don Aters <email@example.com>
Louisvile, KY USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 12:12:20 (EDT)
Hello- I've pretty much only heard you with Old & In the Way, but in my book you're the best fiddle player of all time! Thanks for all the great music, looking forward to much more.
Geoff Gewehr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
san diego, ca USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 07:10:38 (EDT)
Vassar, it was a pleasure to meet you and enjoy your music at "Hickory Fest '04". Best wishes for a speedy recovery ... lookin' forward to seeing you on the road again soon.
Eamo "the cuz" of "Prison Love" (Dublin, Ireland) <Eamo7@aol.com>
Hoboken, NJ USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 07:01:02 (EDT)
Vassar...I'm just one of the very many who enjoy your music so much. I really got to know your music best through my friends here in Hickory/Lenoir - Reggie and Ryan Harris. We all wish you the best and hope to be ably to hear your music in person again very soon. I heard you won't be able to make it to MerleFest this year -- you will be missed! We'll all be thinking of you and praying for your quick recovery...Dick Hull
Dick Hull <>
Hickory, NC USA - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 00:29:54 (EST)
Hoping for your speedy recovery. Terry
Terry Barnes <>
Elizabethton, TN. USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 22:39:23 (EST)
I have only been to Suwannee 4 times but you are awesome. I am sorry you weren't there for Springfest. I missed your music. I will see you for Magfest. You are in my prayers every day. Many times. When I stop to pray for my son to get his heart transplant, I also pray for you. Take care and I am going to tell you what I tell my son. "Listen to the doctors!!!"
Orlando, FL USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 17:54:52 (EST)
Hi Vassar...I'm a (another) HUGE fan. I've been keeping all my friends updated on your condition (thanks for the website updates) and we are all thinking good thoughts and sending them your way. Last night I was talking to my friend Hock and told him of your condition. He said he knew you...He's an old roadie and currently having many many health problems of his own. He was very sad to hear of your illness. I told him of this guest book and since he doesn't have a computer he asked me to send you his best so here I am. The other day Dave Reisch who used to play with the Holy Modal Rounders/Jeffrey Fredricks (RIP) posted on his current band's (Freak Mountain Ramblers) guest book and he told a story of how they played with you once at Euphoria and he stepped on one of your solos during the song Griselda. I'm sure it wasn't intentional. :) Dave hopes you "stick around" too. All the best from all your fans in Portland, Oregon...Melinda
Melinda on behalf of Hock <email@example.com>
Portland, OR USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 14:36:45 (EST)
Vassar: We've never met but I've been in the audience many times admiring your talent, humor and love for all music. While I'll miss you at Merlefest my thoughts will be with you for a complete recovery. You will beat this challenge and I'll hear you play live fiddle again soon. Peace, love and good health, Bill Guerrant
Bill Guerrant <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 14:14:13 (EST)
Vassar, I was at a concert last night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville. Shawn Camp was playing in front of a whopping crowd of about 20. Bobby Hicks showed up and sat in on fiddle. Both of these gentlemen mentioned your name and asked folks to pray for your speedy recovery. I just wanted you to know that there are a lot of folks thiking about you. I have been listening to your music since the first "Circle" album (probably 1971 or so). Hang in there and kick this in the ass!!
Dave Capps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asheville, NC USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 08:07:44 (EST)
Real neat site, thanks
Roberta Dazzla <email@example.com>
Tom Bean, TX USA - Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 03:03:02 (EST)
A BIG HELLO VASSAR, WHEN I THINK OF ALL THE JOY AND HAPPYNESS THAT YOU AND YOUR GREAT MUSIC HAVE BROUGHT ME ,IT WARMS MY HEART..LIKE NOBODY ON THIS EARTH HAS....YOU BEAT IT ONCE AND YOU WILL DO IT AGAIN...FEEL BETTER SOON,MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALLWAYS......I`LL SEE YOU SOON.....WIYH LOVE AND RESPECT ,YOUR FRIEND KEN FRANK...// A HOWDY TO MIDGE ALSO...YOUR AMAZING..//
KEN FRANK <DDDFRANK@OPTONLINE.NET>
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 23:19:11 (EST)
Vassar, Your music inspired me to take up the fiddle -- something that has brought joy to my family and me. Though we've never met, I owe you a great deal of thanks. You're in our hearts and prayers as you take on this new challenge. God bless and keep you.
Bill Farrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greensboro, NC USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 16:42:04 (EST)
CLEMP JOHNT HERE HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER MY FAMILY SENDS YOU ALL THE LOVE AND PRAYERS I WILL SEE YOU SOON LOVE JOHNT&FAMILY
DENVER, CO USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:51:01 (EST)
We wish you the best and our prayers are with you! We are friends of Leon Bass and he's told us so much about you! God bless!
Charlie & Ginny Basford <VBasford@aol.com>
Ft. Pierce, Fl USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 12:32:48 (EST)
<<>> Get well Vasser and keep on keepin on... -Bildo-
Bill Rouski <email@example.com>
Beachwood, NJ USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 11:42:52 (EST)
Vassar we missed you So at Suwanee and the skies poured rain at your absence...hope your feeling better with everyday.....you are so loved by so many....... Your in my thoughts each day .....can't wait to see you and hear you! Fond Regards, Marla
Marla Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ithaca, NY USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 11:27:00 (EST)
Stay strong Vassar! You will defeat this battle you have. Sincerely, Rob Kane
Rob Kane <email@example.com>
Fairfield, CT USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 08:56:24 (EST)
Vassar, Saw your performance at the Yellowstone Bluegrass Festival in 1980, seems like yesterday don't it? I been hooked on bluegrass ever since. Thanks for settin' me straight. God bless, and know we're thinkin' of you fondly. Kind regards & wishes for a speedy recovery, Bob
Bob Donnelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ortonville, MI USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 08:03:43 (EST)
Thank you for all the wonderful years of music. Sending you love and good health from the Northwest corner....
Steve connolly <email@example.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 02:27:36 (EST)
good vibes man. i wish you well
pete mason <firstname.lastname@example.org>
albany, ny USA - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 00:04:19 (EST)