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Adam Szkudlarek

You may have noticed that for the past month or so I have been playing music exclusively by Adam Szkudlarek. And, you may have asked yourselves who is that, as you have not ever heard of him on the radio or at the local CD store. Adam was a friend of our family.

He came into our lives about fifteen years ago when he married the daughter of my parents best friends. Adam was a carpenter by trade, but music was his passion. He was in several bands around the Seattle area in his youth, but since we have known him, he played for family and friends, but mostly for himself. He could play and sing for hours on end without caring if anyone was listening. Almost every Sunday he hosted a jam session in a grove of old cedar trees in his back yard. At times as many as 35 musicians showed up. The CD these songs came from was recorded in a studio he built in his home, Shed Alley.

Adam especially loved singing Christmas songs and recorded this CD because one year while my parents were spending the holidays with their family (which my family did for many years) my dad pestered him into recording a Christmas CD. His daughters also sing on some of the songs. Listening to his music again brings back many wonderful memories.

This CD was recorded for the Christmas of 2003. Adam was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in February of 2004 and passed away in August of 2004 at the age of 48.


For a final song this holiday season I leave you with one that had so much meaning for Adam. Both of Adam's parents were survivors of concentration camps during WWII and so this song struck him on a personal level.

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