Tim Olson

Oct. 28th, 2016 07:15 pm
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My friend Tim Olson died yesterday. I've thought about what to say about it and one word seems to sum it up. Sadness. His life really ended the day before when he fell from a ladder and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He never regained consciousness.

I met Tim years ago at a jam in NE Minneapolis. He inivited me to a "plugged-in" jam he was hosting later that day. It was great. Over the years whenever he would ask me to one of his jams I would haul myself out to Hugo and join the six or so other musicians he had invited. A different kind of jam than most I attend. Always worth the trip.

Tim taught me a lesson in friendship he never knew. It was a lesson visited on me before, but renewed by him. I knew there were things away from the music about which Tim and I had polar opposite views. Some of them troubled me. But they never came up or got in the way of the music or our friendship.

Be it guitar, mandolin, or harmonica, Tim could be counted on to add something worthwhile to the musical conversation that is a jam. He was one of my favorite people to play with. I will miss him greatly.

Be careful out there.
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