The recent death of Dave Baker brought up a lot of feelings in me besides the sadness of his passing. It also brought up feelings of anger and bewilderment.
Besides being president of Briscoe dormitory, I was also in the IU jazz ensemble from 1973-75. However, I can’t listen to music I helped make because I’ve been told it costs $75 per concert we played. I’d love to hear my music. I really treasure those times and that music.
We were damn good, too. But almost anything from the IU music department is good. I’m now 63 years old and I’m on SSI for a disability. I cannot afford to listen to music I helped make, and it’s very frustrating. Maybe some of you can put pressure on the music department to change their policy. Besides, I’m part of the Wiggins family who has been part of the IU family for quite some time.
I know nobody gets out alive, so I’d like to hear that music before I leave here. It’s kind of on my bucket list (cue violins). Actually it’s pretty much the only thing on my bucket list. It just makes no sense to me to charge that much, especially with the technology of today.
I’d appreciate any help. Thanks.
And the world is less fun and isn’t quite as nice without David Baker.
RIP brotherman, thank you so very much for a hell of a musical ride. It has always been a part of me.
Simba Kenyatta a.k.a. Michael Slaughter