With the unexpected death of our friend and musical comrade Dennis Taylor, Dennis's wife Jeana and their teenage girls, Olivia and Kathleen, are suddenly left adrift without their emotional anchor and sole income provider. Without Dennis' income, Jeana and the girls face immediate and extreme financial jeopardy. They desperately need help for funeral/burial expenses, housing, food, health insurance, and basic educational costs for the girls. This is an urgent call for help for the family of an incredible member of the Los Angeles and Wild Honey Foundation musical community. Dennis Taylor was unfailingly kind and generous to everyone he encountered in and out of the music business and this kindness deserves to be repaid. Jeana and her girls desperately need your help.
Over the years, Dennis was the amazing lead guitarist for John Wicks and The Records and Matthew Sweet. He also was the Bangles' beloved guitar tech for many years . Year after year, Dennis generously volunteered his many talents to support the Wild Honey Orchestra at our benefit shows, including the John WIcks Cancer Fundraiser. He was an essential part of our team. Everyone loved and admired Dennis for his amazing spirit, talent, and generosity.
From Vicki Peterson of Bangles: Dennis was a phenomenal musician who could knock out complicated guitar riffs like it was nothing, smiling all the while. Every time i was able to see him perform live (not nearly often enough) he blew me away, inspired me. At Bangles shows, when he'd hand me a perfectly tuned guitar onstage, i always felt like handing it back and saying "no--YOU play it" because he was so very, very good. And then he would make one of his well-timed, mischievous asides and i would try NOT to laugh...My heart is with his family, and the many others who love Dennis and are sadly missing him right now.
From his lifelong friend John Calacci: Dennis would do anything for anybody, anytime. He was my go-to guy for guitar work, computer work, plumbing, electrical, car repair, studio engineering, bass, drums, and guitar recording. Most of all, he was a best friend who never got angry or argued with anyone. He made me laugh. In short, he was irreplaceable, so I won't even try. I will miss him everyday for the rest of my life.
Dennis's family deserves the same love and support that he gave to everyone in his life. Any donation of any size will help his family bury our dear friend with the respect that he deserves and give Jeana and her daughters a fighting chance to survive the coming months and years. All donations are tax-deductible through the non-profit Wild Honey Foundation.
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