a beautiful tribute to Old Man Crow by Barry Ferrier

Posted: January 23, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic, music
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On the day Roderick left the stage Barry Ferrier aka Dr Baz wrote this beautiful tribute

“I woke knowing my dear, life long friend Roderick Morgan was close to the abyss and news has now come through that he left the stage peacefully at 4:44 am this morning with Mo at his side. I feel so deeply for Roderick who has been an inspiration and such a constant in my life since I met him in the gothic halls of Sydney Uni cafeteria when I was 18. I am proud to be shedding real heartfelt tears for him now. I feel privileged to have shared so many tiny magic moments of hilarity, deep conversation, and music over the decades since we were naive uni students doubling around Glebe and Paddo on his Bultaco motorbike, him with big pink plastic ears glued to his bike helmet. That image still cracks me up. He always had such a wicked sense of humour. I smoked my first joint with Roderick under a palm tree in Bondi and dropped my first acid trip with him and a bunch of friends in the beautiful Blue Gum forest at the bottom of Govetts leap near Blackheath. All the crazy, deep and meaningful, silly times. Our shared house in Glebe when I first moved out of my parents home. Learning to sing in harmony with Roderick and my late wife Cammie when she was still at school. The mad trip to Melbourne to perform ‘the Milky Way Cabaret’ with Chris Clark and Cammie at the wonderful ‘Flying Trapeze Cafe’ and Roderick singing Alice Cooper’s ‘Cold Ethyl’ in a long red velvet coat, posturing hilariously with his red Les Paul guitar, on that tiny stage, with Lo-fi backing by Ernie Thud, the primitive drum machine, with only two beats. I remember the joy he radiated when he came up and stayed with me in Bangalow and we made some of the first recordings of his quirky, brilliant songs – must have been late 80s. I always felt he was an undiscovered genius with his songwriting. He had a unique voice. It was quite unexpected to me, after our glorious misspent arty youth, and his maths background, that he was to develop a love for and deep knowledge of plants and spent his life as a gardener. And his surprising mid-life passion for wind surfing, which inspired me to take that up too… and so many all night, drunken sessions, singing and laughing and raving on in your kitchen in Leichhardt, with our special close friends. It is so surreal when someone who is a rock in your life leaves you. I can only imagine the emotions his lifelong partner Mo is feeling though she is wise and strong, these are the hardest times, facing loss of someone so dear. It’s such a mystery. I only wish I could have been close at the end. Vale Roderick my true magical man. I am so grateful for the time we had together – Old Man Crow there will never be another like you.”

  1. jude says:

    I saw this on Facebook, so great.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Jude))) Barry’s such a bright spark, they played music together for over half a century, not often since 2000 as we travelled a lot less living with Ariel P Cat but whenever they had the chance the music soared

  2. Rene Walkin says:

    A lovely message from an old friend.

  3. Marti says:

    The photo of Rod is such a gift, it captures his elfin, spirit filled aura. Equally Barry’s words about Rod and you dear Mo, are simply, a celebration…. For those of us who only knew Rod through the internet, for those of us fortunate enough to have some of his music to listen to even though we never saw him perform live, we all felt his magic, his unique majesty of lyrics, guitar playing and song, that oh so bluesy voice…his love of life, his deep love of you, his whit and charm… my heart is sad but it dances in joy to know that those who are with him on the stardust road, are now feeling all of the grace, magic and wonder that was, and always will be, Old Man Crow.

  4. Liz A says:

    a wonderful tribute … thank you for sharing it here

    and yes, it is all such a mystery … my heart goes out to you Mo

  5. Tina says:

    Thank you for sharing this .. our oldest friends truly become our best friends. Nobody knows us better .. how we got from there to here. I am so sorry Mo for your unimaginable loss. Gentle hugs😢

  6. Beth says:

    Again you show us what love means. (((Mo))) You are so in my heart right now.

  7. deemallon says:

    Thinking of you, Mo.

  8. Nancy says:

    To share such a friendship as this says so much about the man, Old Man Crow. The longevity spoke of here is so touching and the levity of their early days together is so joy-filled. Magic.

  9. Barry says:

    MC – what a beautiful tribute, recounting of a life full lived, a gorgeous friendship and love. A special record to hold during these times. Peace and love. B

  10. fiona says:

    there is something special to hold onto when we see the people we love reflected back by others who loved them too…to know they have been’ known’ so well and loved and understood…a beautiful remembering by Barry. Hugs.

  11. Margaret Johnson says:

    His Beautiful Smile……

  12. kath says:

    very sorry for your loss. a lovely tribute

  13. peritob says:

    Such a heartfelt and beautiful tribute.

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