Notes of elegance and joy are missing from the world.
Today, during the Sunday organ concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, I learned that former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen has passed away.
The news is sudden and painful.
I don’t believe I ever heard Jared play during his tenure as San Diego Civic Organist, which lasted from 1978 to 1984. But I have occasionally heard him playing the Spreckels Organ as a Sunday substitute, and have been dazzled by his artistry during past International Summer Organ Festivals.
The music that flowed through him was polished, elegant and above all joyful.
His notes uplifted every person who listened in the audience. He made thousands of lives more beautiful. He had a great smile and sense of humor, and uncommon poise, and a love for the organ, the King of Instruments. His passion came through during every performance.
I was told a memorial service is being planned, to be held during an evening at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
I just want to say I miss him.