Friday, February 12, 2010

Donation of Drum Set to deserving Drummer who is very ill

"Akron and New Orleans charities donate drum set to deserving drummer. Shown is drummer Ken Stewart receiving the drums from George Lawrence, owner of George's Drum Shop of Copley and organizer of Parumpapumpum charity which finds donated drums for deserving drummers who can't afford them. The vintage professional drum set belonged to the late Harry Ravain, famed New Orleans Drummer and was donated by Mrs. Harry Ravain and the Harry's Hats Foundation."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Patrick - thank you

I do not know who you are - but I want to thank you for the following links.. If any of you knew Harry - you knew Ronnie Barron.. Much of Harry's joy in life and music came from his collaborations with Ronnie. I had the pleasure of meeting him. They were brothers in the truest since of the word. Patrick sent me you tube links that show them playing together - I am attaching them hear.. I will treasure these videos forever..

Patrick thank you and I will pass them along to his daughter that lives in New Orleans

Harry's Hats and Parumpapapum

I full set of drums and cymbals are being donated through Harry's foundation and another through a friends to a drummer who is very ill and I pray that this man finds the same joy in Harry's Drums that he did..

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Classic Drummer Magazine

I am sorry I have not updated in a while the holidays were quiet and spent with family. It definitely was an adjustment for me.

Yesterday I arrived home to a package and it was a copy of the latest issue of Classic Drummer magazine and a letter from a dear friend of Harry's. The issue contains a Memorial to Harry. It is a lovely one and thank you to Classic Drummer and Bob for this tribute.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Honey - today is just as quiet as it always was.. It was always just me and you and then you went off to Rock N Bowl to play, preparing for the day after Christmas when our families came together. I am so glad we were able to have the house to share with all those people. It meant so much to you. Yes it was the best house and it was yours.. I missed our traditional breakfast today ..

I wanted to have one more Christmas at the house - but I did not have it in me. And more than anything I wanted you here but neither was in the cards. I am having to put the house on the market.. I am so sorry.. but I am struggling.. This will always be OUR house - no place else will ever be as special.

I wanted to come to see you today but just could not.. I will see you tomorrow - our day to celebrate.. It won't be the same but I will at least spend some time with you. Your mother does not understand my need to see and be with you where you are - but there is such comfort in being with you.. I am so glad you decided that Rayne would be your final resting plave.. there are people who love and care for you there.. and my heart is always with you..

Merry Christmas my love, I miss you and your smile, your energy and your love of drums and life...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cor Jesu Band Sweater

I know how much your heritage meant to you so last week I donated your Cor Jesu Band Sweater to the Brother Martin Alumni Association. So forever you will be remembered through this donation at the school. I hope you are pleased with what I have done. I hope one day to go to the school and create an endowment for the drum program at he music department with funds from Harry's Hats. I had to put it on hold for a little while I get in control of finances - I have to concentrate there first then building your foundation becomes predominant..I miss you so much..

I know you are my angel in heaven but I have a couple here on earth.. please watch over the ones here on earth Mike, Bo and Diddley(Dusty).

And Bobby - truly helped me out with your Mom this week. Thank him for me in some special way..

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nothing is what I thought it would be

Oh - how I wish you were still here, healthy. Life is surely not what I expected. There are so many things that have to change. None of them are what I want. pray for me..