“Light in the Tunnel” is dedicated to my mentor,
producer, honorary uncle, and treasured friend, Sam Parkins,
who “found” me performing in Grand Central Terminal in
1992, took me under his wing, and produced most of
my recordings over the next several years.
He was a musical genius, a goose-bump-raising clarinetist and
sax player, a brilliant (grammy-nominated) record producer,
an eternal student of just about every aspect of life, and had
the wackiest sense of humor combined with extraordinary
compassion and generosity. An incredible human being.
Sam was also a huge champion of street and subway music.
He called it “Music of the People, By the People, For the People”.
We often talked about making a street music film or
television series together. Sam died unexpectedly in November
of 2009, at the age of 83, and a few months later I suddenly
had the idea for “Light in the Tunnel”.
In 20 years as a full time subway musician the thought
had never occurred to me before. It was a gift of inspiration
from Sam and if he were alive he would be working on
this show. In fact I think he is working on this show,
he’s just doing it from the “other side”.
Sam always told me that my job as a musician
was to “break hearts and heal them.”
I hope that “Light in the Tunnel” will do just that.
- Wendy Sayvetz
In Loving Memory of Leroy (Sam) Parkins.
September 23, 1926 – November 19, 2009
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