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Ron Underys

Member sinceMay 01, 2012
LocationToronto, Canada
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Artist Biography:
Ramunas (Ron) Underys, a folk singer from the 60’s. He had the long black hair and he traveled with his family in a yellow VW bus. Music was his way of expressing his hopes, dreams, and deepest love. He began writing songs while working at summer camps for children, and continued to write until his final days.

In 2010, Ron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and there was hope that new procedures would provide him with at least 5 more years of life, but in August 2011, he was informed that the cancer had returned and further treatments would be pointless. He had one wish before he died and that was to record his music.

In October, Ron was hospitalized with an infection, and he began to weaken. The plan of recording had to change. There was no time to practice or rehearse to obtain the best possible recording. All of the recording would have to be done from a hospital bed. As we recorded I realized that it was through music that he was best able to communicate. He was a quiet person, and accepted his illness with amazing grace and dignity. There was no anger, no regret, and no unfinished business, except to record his music.

It was a very quiet Saturday afternoon when Ron pulled out some papers and said we have to record this song. His strength had started to fail to the point where he could not play guitar, so I played for him. He sat up in his bed, took a deep breath and began to direct the music with one hand, and sing the song “Rivers of Your Mind.” I quickly pushed the record button and in this small hospital room in downtown Toronto, we recorded a song he wrote 40 years ago. The song was recorded in one take, no editing, full of true emotion and feeling. In this song he says if he has touched your heart and soul then he can say good-bye to friends and family.

On November 10th, he gazed upon a draft CD of artwork for the cover and nodded approval. He went to sleep, quietly taking his last breath on 11/11/2011.

Ramunas’s (Ron’s) family is extremely grateful to Folk Alley for providing this opportunity for his memory to live on “On the rivers of our minds”.

More by Ron Underys:

Feel the Wind
Just a Little Cry
Paslaptingi Varpai
Rivers of Your Mind

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