Recently, I completely accidentally discovered a fascinating musician, Robert Hill, on YouTube.
The story is as you might expect: I heard a piece of music, and wanted to find some performance of it by somebody, anybody on YouTube as long as it had a decent user rating (yes, I find ratings actually useful when checking out unfamiliar music), and I happened to come across some random guy’s performance, and it was so fascinating that I looked at other uploads of his, subscribed to his YouTube channel, and looked him up on the Web to find out who he was!
It’s especially great that he regularly uploads new videos to his YouTube channel.
So who is Robert Hill, and why do I like his performances so much that I’m recommending that you check them out?
Almost exactly twelve years ago, in 2002, tragedy struck in Frick Park in Pittsburgh. I was on a long evening run in Frick Park when I unwittingly came across what had happened earlier in the day.
From my journal, August 4, 2002
“91 degrees, heat index 93. The Frick Park entrance was closed off for
some reason with tape, so that I could not access the water fountain I
had counted on using, so I ran up to Forbes instead and to Braddock to
get a fountain at that end of the park.”
Later in the evening, I found out what had happened:
“Whoa!!! The Frick Environmental Center was burned down in the
morning. No wonder it was all closed off when I tried to run to the
Jul 22, 2014 · 3 minute read · Comments barberPittsburghSquirrel HillmusicDean Martin
Tonight I finally got a haircut.
For two weeks I’d been looking for my barber Joe, of Harry’s Barber Shoppe in Squirrel Hill; I was due for my haircut. I’d called Joe’s phone number from work in the afternoon. I’d driven by on the way home (the shop is just a block away from home). I’d taken a walk on Saturday to see if he was open. No sign of him.
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