Will the Wind Ever Remember? – A Tribute to Steinar Gregertsen
The Internet can make the world smaller and more intimate. You can meet and exchange ideas with people from all over the world. You can listen to the music that someone took the time to create and share.
Steinar Gregertsen was all about sharing music, as well as his experiences, expertise and thoughts and observations. On the Guitar Noise Forums, as well as the Steel Guitar Forum, Steinar was both generous and helpful – always willing to answer questions and to offer what advice he could to anyone.
He began performing at a young age, first playing saxophone in marching band, then picking up both guitar and bass and playing with numerous local bands. As a musician, Steinar constantly evolved, absorbing knowledge and influences wherever he found them whether the blues and rock of his childhood or the North African and Arabian music he heard while living in Spain. He worked as a session player throughout the 80’s and 90’s and also gigged as oftern as four to five times a week. In 1995, he opened his own recording studio and also set up shop as a guitar teacher. He bought his first electric lap steel in 1999.
Since 2001, Steinar has been involved in numerous musical projects. He’s written, arranged, performed and recorded music for multimedia shows, ballet, televsion programs and commercials. His continuing explorations of the beauties of the lap steel guitar led to two breathtaking albums – Southern Moon Northern Lights and Standing Next to a Mountain, a tribute to his hero, Jimi Hendrix.
Steinar passed away Monday, February 27, 2012. We at Guitar Noise offer our condolences to his family and friends. And we thank him for sharing his music with us and with the world. We will miss him.