My dear beautiful, beautiful, concrete, fragile, little girl, a strong woman and best friend, sadly lost her father. Richard “Dick” Geisler, 64, Logansport, IN, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. I remember first meeting him and the rest of Christy’s family in 2009. He was charming and loved music, and very vividly loved his children. His memory was not as strong as when he was younger, but he still had energy to play the guitar and crack a few jokes.
Over the past few years his memory and health worsened. I visited him with Christy as he lived in a retirement community, talking to him and playing music he listened to in his youth. Christy certainly got her playfulness and enormously happy disposition from her father. The love the Geisler family had for their father was very inspirational. All his children took their turn helping him, talking with him, laughing with him. They are a strong family, and Dick Geisler helped raise them to be strong, resilient, and full of love.
One of the songs he used to play for his children, and one they remember fondly is Simon & Garfunkel’s Feelin’ Groovy.” This is for Christy, a smart, talented, beautiful woman, and loving daughter, and the entire Geisler family.
My jazz combo played at a local winery a few nights ago. We our fortunate to play there often. The environment is great. The wine, obviously, is great. The owner and her husband are too kind.
As we were taking a break from playing, and winding down, the owner’s mother asked if she could sing a few traditional songs. I, of course, said “yes” and turned the microphone back on for her.
She sang one song, clocking everyone in at awe, captivating our full attention. You could hear a dime drop as her gorgeous voice, aged and smooth, full of intense emotion and tradition, with a strong trembling vibrato, filled the room.
When she finished the first song, she swallowed up tears and said, “This is medicine.” We would find out after all the singing, she hadn’t had the reason or courage to sing for an entire year, up to that point.
The she sang a second song, shown below, with such tense feelings and conviction. Her granddaughter did her best to translate the meaning of the song in the beginning of this video: