Back in the late 1960's and early/mid 1970's, it was almost impossible to move in the creative circles of Los Angeles without knowing - or at least regularly running into - Van Dyke Parks.
He was one of those people who everyone seemed to somehow know even if they all didn't know his music all that well.
And even though I had to have met/run into him a dozen times in just one or two year period, I never once heard him perform live. I only knew his music from the few local FM stations that played anything of his that they could get their hands on - even if it was a pirate tape late at night.
So it's nice to read about his continuing comeback and know that someday - maybe - I just might be able to hear him perform live.