The Night The Lights Went Out On George Street: A Tribute To Ron Hynes
Nov 20 , 2015
On George Street East, long before sunrise, amid the threat of rain, a solitary candle glowed fearlessly at the foot of the 12 foot high bronze sculpture “A Time”, created by artist Morgan MacDonald. Although it featured other treasured members of the arts community, like comedian Tommy Sexton, the candle burned so stoically in remembrance of the legendary singer/songwriter Ron Hynes.
As the hours strummed by, I watched fans briefly visit the statue, including a solitary man who walked purposefully toward it, laid down a yellow Gerber-daisy, turned around, then briskly disappeared down Water Street.
I chatted with a couple who recounted the times that they would bring their granddaughter to the statue and play air guitar with the bronze Ron. Before the gentleman walked away, he stood up on the base of the statue and placed his arm in the crook of Ron’s and fleetingly grasped his hand. Fans for over 40 years, they said life will never be the same; they were in disbelief.
Although Ron had been publicly battling a serious illness for quite some time, a local musician who stopped by the statue to honor his memory was taken aback when news broke of his passing.
A colleague of mine astutely pointed out that the lights literally went out on George Street last night…Guess it was the music community's way of saying “Good Night, Ron”.
Ron Hynes /
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