January 16 would have been Doug Bashaw's 46 birthday and although he has not been with us since Aug. 6, 2008, it still feels like he really never left.
A Charlestown, NH native and 1982 graduate of Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH, Douglas S. Bashaw was many things to many people; a son, brother, husband, father, friend, a well-rounded musician, comedian and sound engineer.
This editor remembers that fateful day as if it were yesterday. A very rainy afternoon when I heard of Mr. Bashaw's tragic accident, as I helplessly gazed out my window, listening to the radio as I drove home, wondering how this could be possible and hoping it wasn't.
However I digress, this is certainly not intended to be a sad story, but one of remembrance and good feelings, because that is what Mr. Bashaw did for others every day of his life.
He made people laugh, and he made people feel good through his many musial talents.
Doug had music in his blood from the beginning I am told, learning how to play the mandolin from his father at the ripe old age of three.
"Doug was about three years old and liked to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while his dad played guitar," Doug's mom Patricia said in a recent interview.
"Doug wanted to play as well but the guitar was too big, so his dad taught him three chords on the mandolin. I guess that was the start of his musical career."
Doug started his first band, Governor, in his early teens called and this editor remembers seeing that band on TV, performing The Monkees "Stepping Stone" on the local community access show called Community Audition.
And that was just the beginning, as Doug would go on to become a favorite on the local music scene for many years as a bassist, singer and front man with such bands as Block Party, Signature, Shine and Sun King, just to name a few.