The day after Gil died just over a week ago I put this picture of him behind the Kulcha bar. At the time I wrote:
Gil Scott Heron died yesterday. For many years Gil has been a kind of mentor I never met, a figure who inspired me and gave me strength when I didn’t have any. I’m pretty upset that he has left us. Tonight I hope that everybody around the world plays his music and pauses to remember this giant of a man.
One of America’s greatest musicians has left us, aged only 62. His music is not playing on the radio, but it is playing in my heart.