A personal message from Ed McGee:

Dear friends,

Ed McGee by M. Sherry
When I was asked by the band to audition in late summer of '96, I was already a huge fan of ekoostik hookah. Even before Hookah began, I'd been a fan of Dave's work in Local Color and was a loyal supporter of Cliff and Steve's band Supplication. When Hookah began, I attended the first shows and continued to attend every possible Wednesday show for years, also traveling city to city with friends (as you all have done so tirelessly) to see them on other days. I was hooked, and happily so, so it was nothing short of a dream come true to get the chance to play with Hookah.

I considered it a great honor and an opportunity for me to learn and grow as a musician. I remember early on saying, "playing with Hookah feels like asking your dad for the car keys Friday night and him saying 'here, take the space shuttle instead.'" Joining ekoostik hookah catapulted me into a whole new realm of music and the life of a traveling band. I had nine incredible years with the band, so many stories to tell, and I am eternally grateful to Dave, Eric, Cliff and Steve for the musical and personal growth granted me by that experience.

I am also grateful for all the love and support given to me over the years by Hookah's faithful supporters. Many of my best friends right now are people I met through this band. It is a blessing to have been able to share music and friendship with you all this time and I pray it continues.

In keeping with the ongoing search for musical and personal growth, I now must move on. New Years Eve will be my last show with ekoostik hookah. I honestly feel it's best for me, for the rest of the band, and ultimately, the fans, that this change takes place. I will always cherish the music of ekoostik hookah and I look forward to the possibility of reconnecting musically in the future. I'll also cherish the long friendships I've enjoyed with Dave, Eric, Cliff and Steve and am confident that long after our ways part musically, our friendships will endure.

My heartfelt thanks to you all,
Ed McGee


[Published on: 10/24/05]

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