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"Little Pearl" by Deborah McColl
The Kindred Spirit
The Kindred Spirit Perform 1969
I wish I had more photos of The Kindred Spirit. This was the magic time. We were 18 to 21, working our butts off on these fabulous vocal arrangements that Thom composed and wowing audiences at the original Twelfth Gate Coffee House and the Bottom of the Barrel in Atlanta. We moved to Manhattan (when I was 19) and landed a regular spot at The Bitter End in the West Village. Paul Coleby, the Bitter End's manager at the time, became our agent and hooked us up with Marilyn Lipsius (sp?) who ran the College Coffee House Circuit, a big deal on the East Coast back then. We played the colleges during the Vietnam moratorium days, sang about love and spiritual revolution, made friends with the students and stayed at their homes in Vermont and Boston and elsewhere. We all vividly remember sitting on a mountainside watching the sun rise (probably after being up all night tripping) while singing Thom's "Mountain Song". Transcendent.
Here we are now. Phil's still tending his 160 acres that he bought in the mountains of West Virginia back in 1975 where he raised a family and now plays with guitars, songs and computers (Phil's hugging the tree, there's a photo of his house, and I'm sitting on his hillside during a visit just a few months ago). Thom lives with his family (all girls!), runs his fabulous venue 106 West Theatre and Music Center with his wife Becky, where he teaches, performs, and plays and sings better than ever. I live in Los Angeles (actually South Pasadena if you know the area) in a 1950's trailer located in an "auto park" that's an official historical landmark (think redwood trees and cabins with a few vintage trailers). I've been a licensed psychotherapist since 1990, I'm the director of a counseling program, I've been studying Zen for many years at Zen Center Los Angeles, and have a private practice in South Pasadena. I still write songs and play music regularly and perform occasionally. Life is good.
This web site is dedicated to the memory of my soul mate, life partner of 15 years, and guitarist Patrick Robert Lubow, 1955-2007.