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Play Us A Tune: Love, Loss And Shredding Guitars

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Dylan Walker
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During this time of separation, there is one thing that unites nearly all humans on the planet…music. 18-year-old musician Dylan Walker had just formed his band, Miramont, and had a few gigs lined up when the coronavirus pandemic hit, cancelling all public shows. Making matters even more devastating, Dylan’s father, Haven, also a performing musician, died unexpectedly at the age of 47 just a few weeks before the shutdown. In this week’s installment of our series Play Us a Tune, Dylan talks about his dad’s musical influence and performs a song by Widespread Panic that he and his dad often played together.

DW: I would say a big teacher for me was my dad. My dad got me an electric guitar when I was 6-years-old. We would play shows together, and every time we went camping we would play the guitar together. He would always have me sit in with his bands. That’s probably my favorite memories of him.

He passed away in February. Not being able to play music with my dad...with the band it’s nice. I live with half of my band, so that’s nice. We still practice and stuff, so at least I still have that.

So, I’m going to play a song called Nobody’s Loss, by Widespread Panic. It’s a song that my dad and I would play pretty much every time we jammed. That was our favorite song to play, so, yeah…I’m going to play that one for you. 

Play Us a Tune is produced by KNAU's Gillian Ferris. If you are an out of work musician and you have an idea for a segment, drop her an email at Gillian.Ferris@nau.edu. 

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