Happy 50th Bill Berry.
I, like many others, wasn’t old enough to see you in action with R.E.M. Wasn’t old enough to remember when you retired. Now, all I have are the pictures taken a decade ago, stories heard second or third-hand from Athens townies, and a few magnificent records that keep me company.
Funny how the one moment that made me fall in love with Athens music centered around meeting you at a Pylon show. I was pulled onstage that night by Pylon and helped off by a lovely gentleman with piercing eyes and a really cool eyebrow.
So here’s a toast to you Mr. Berry. Your courage, compassion, and friendship continue to inspire people to follow their hearts, whether to the stage or to the farm. Thank you for everything.