What stays with me is the joy I was feeling at a certain occasion or meeting or conversation, even if I can’t remember the details of what transpired. What I remember about Phil Emmanuel (above right, next to Tommy) is his exuberant energy and passion for music, which filled me with deep joy — the kind that inspires and uplifts, long after the physical event is over.
I didn’t know him personally but from getting to see him perform, I felt his strength of character and commitment to being his authentic self. Phil exited the planet a few weeks ago, leaving a sparkling trail of music. Here’s one of my favorite video clips ever. Phil is on the left, play “Town Hall Shuffle” with bro, Tommy Emmanuel. You will be blown away by these two master musicians!