Johnny was a talented violist and just an all around wonderful soul. You can tell by this photograph and his big smile, that he made everyone smile whenever he was around.
I also remember the hundreds of conversations we had on music. He was constantly checking out new music and new ideas. One night I took him to a concert at the new music performance space "Roulette" in NYC, to hear the innovative pianist Michael Harrison. Michael uses "just intonation", or pure tuning, the universal foundation for harmony which is constructed from musical intervals of perfect mathematical proportions as in the days of Pythagoras. He has a special way of tuning the piano to achieve this. As Johnny and I sat and listened, we immediately looked at each other after the first few notes were played, with that "what is that sound" look. But after a few minutes, it sounded completely normal, and magical. When we got back in the car to drive home, we were listening to some music on the radio, and again, our ears were in shock, we had to turn the radio off, we wanted to stay in the "just intonation" mode for the ride home. We talked all the way home about Pythagoras, Music of the Spheres, where does music come from, it was a really wonderful night.
These young musicians are wonderful, and many of Johnny's teachers perform with them side by side.