For those of you unable to attend, Dwight's service on Sunday was extraordinary. The church was beautiful, with one entire wall consisting of a massive window looking out onto the slopes of nearby Camelback Mountain. The room was flooded with sunlight, creating a cheerful, open atmosphere that was perfectly in tune with Dwight's personality. Marty Manning, Danny Zelisko, and many others paid tribute to Dwight's generosity, sense of humor, and zest for life. There were some amazing musical performances: Mark Myers and Ken Skaggs sang "Ripple" (Mark joked that it was probably more appropriate for a church setting than Dwight's other favorite Grateful Dead song, "Friend of the Devil"); Mariah Fleming's heartfelt "Amazing Grace;" two beautiful renditions of "Let It Be" (as a harp instrumental and a vocal solo); and old-fashioned hymns (solo and chorale) by Dwight's fellow church members. Ken Beals provided a wonderful video tribute with filmed interviews and audio clips, and Dwight's mother, Nancy O'Reilly, was presented with a plaque inducting Dwight into the Arizona Musicians & Entertainers Hall of Fame. Afterwards, there was food and conversation and music in the social hall next to the church, and after that a bunch of us gathered at the Alwun House till late in the evening. At 11:00 KDKB turned over the airwaves to Danny Zelisko, who remembered Dwight in his own words, took calls from Marty and Wonderful Russ and Johnny D, and played some of Dwight's favorite music: Dylan, Zappa, Little Feat, the Dead, the Move, Procol Harum, Tom Rush, and on and on and on. Ken Beals filmed the whole service, and I recorded Danny's radio tribute off the air, so maybe we can find ways to get this out to the folks who couldn't be here on this remarkable day.
I imagine that the blog won't show many postings for a few days; Mariah and all the others who worked so hard on the ceremony need some time to rest and recuperate. Let's remember Dwight at Thanksgiving, and get the blog rolling again next week.