Life After Emily Remler

SKF NOTE: At 9:01 a.m. on July 4, 2014, I read guitarist Emily Remler’s May 1985 Down Beat article, “Emily Remler, Life After Wes,” with Julie Coryell. I know Emily’s name, but have never heard her music. I underline several Emily quotes, including these:

* “I’m trying to live up to my own expectations, which were that at 21 I should be like John Coltrane – and I’m not. So I’ve got to give myself to 31 now. To have a totally unique voice like Coltrane had. You hear two notes and you know that it’s him.”

* “I think [life maturity] is what you have to go through – that plus a spiritual maturity like Coltrane did. I want to be innovative.”

* “[Wes Montgomery] cracks me up. Because I can hear him quoting things. That’s obvious humor. When someone quotes a little song, you laugh. But other things; just the way he did an ingenious turnaround. Came around the bend like that. Raised up to a climax – just like life.”

* “There’s a lot of humor missing, I think, from some of the younger players today.”

Finishing her 1985 DB interview, I turn to the web to see what Ms. Remler’s up to in 2014. I like her ’85 perspective on the musicial life. I wonder what her music and life are like 29 years up the road.

I am very, very sad to learn Emily Remler never made it that far. She died in 1990 at age 32. is keeping alive Ms. Remler and her music.


About scottkfish
This entry was posted in SKF Blog and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.