As a musician, T-Bone came into a very long and compressed session with me and unloaded a truck full of stuff into my living room. Three basses, a trunk full of percussion things, a keyboard/synthesizer, a couple guitars...and played them all better than anyone: tastefully, thoughtfully, and with a musical literacy that could astound even the casual listener, along with his professional friends.
As a man, T-Bone really did make the world a better place. All that talent and a fair amount of fame (if fame can ever be said to be fair), and the attitude of gratitude. He made the whole world around him sound better and feel better. His eagerness never overran you, he just came to meet you, fully.
There are very few people who manage to deal with the obstacles that stand between them and actually being with another person in the present moment. It's not a simple thing to attend to someone else. T-Bone Wolk had done a lot of that work and when I was with him; he was with me.
Lisa McCormick directed me to what she'd written on her blog when she heard about T-Bone's passing:
The most amazing and inspiring musician I have ever known, T-Bone was best known for his role as bassist for Hall & Oates, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
But the "Big Time" was only part of his musical life. A deep appreciator of sharing the love of making music, T-Bone championed a lucky handful of us "Smaller Time" singer-songwriters.
He was incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about my music, and working with him was nothing short of thrilling.
I was privileged to work with T-Bone on three of my CD's, and one unforgettable live concert. And even more privileged to know him as a dear friend. Deeply kind, hilariously funny, tender and warm, and a rare precious musical talent, T-Bone will be dearly and terribly missed.