February 15, 2003

Tommy Thompson at the Whitney Museum
Photograph by John Rosenthal
from Regarding Manhattan, 1998, Safe Harbor Books, New London, CT

What is there for a daughter to say when Odysseus dies? He was a man. He was my father. He was vulnerable and powerful at the same time. He knitted together so much of the world that we can't see it all unless we stand so far back that individuals are only pixels.  Maybe it's better to be like a child in a bubble bath, innocently splashing and heaping bubbles in different shapes to see what they look like. Only music and the visual arts can express human emotions fully, without belittling or controlling them.

[read also John Rosenthal's tribute to Tommy broadcast on WUNC February 26, 2003]

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Besides Tommy's section of the site, the following pages are also related to Jesse and Tommy:
Blurred Time "The Sleeper": the aftermath of Jesse and Bobbie's car accident
Mike Craver's "Visiting Tommy"
Roots of the Red Clay Ramblers:
Fuzzy Mountain String Band: Jesse's mom, Bobbie, recorded with Rambler Bill Hicks and others
Hollow Rock String Band: Tommy and Bobbie Thompson named this band for their community

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