Comments About Marc & His Work
I appreciate the fair deal you gave me on the 1926 Roth fiddle you sold me last January. We had the fiddle inspected by the best luthier in Tucson and he was impressed with the overall condition and upkeep. Also, by happenstance my wife visited the Roth family workshop in Germany last summer and the fiddle is listed in the family archives as the genuine article, as I had no doubt it would be. the Tucson luthier didnt want to let go of it, but we have it back and it sounds better than ever. I plan to use it in an old-time fiddle contest coming up. Ill be watching you violin listings to see if you happen upon another one of these vintage Roth instruments.
I have one of your San Francisco Ukes. Just wanted to let you know that I love it. I have received so much enjoyment from playing it over the years. It hangs on the wall next to my desk so that I can grab it anytime the mood hits and play away my frustrations and get my mind back in gear. thanks for such a great instrument.
If Marc Silber seems to play and bend and sing every note like he means it, that's because he means it. While he may look laid back or aloof, he brings the same passion and sincerity to a ballad or a blues, a spiritual, a country classic or a ragtime ditty that he brings to the standard folk repertoire or his own felicitous, haunting originals. Not only is he a superb performing musician, Marc is one of the all-time great listeners. Nothing gets past his hungry ear. In his calming presence, you can even feel him listening to and feeding his audience. His loving understanding of understatement and silence -- when to play sparsely, when to lay out -- make him one of the towering masters of artful understatement. Marc Silber is the real thing: an honest, living treasure.
Al Young: Author, music commentator, and California's former poet laureate