Sairam! I used to be part of the Sai Symphony at Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan. I consider the passing away of such a great soul as Maynard Ferguson a great loss to the world of music. I still recollect the golden moments that we spent together with him. He was so humble in his bearings despite his colossal stature.
One particular incident that is ever etched in my memory is when he had come to our dining hall in the hostel at Parthi and performed in the divine presence. He began by saying that he had been inspired to compose a special song that morning. The words of the song were:
Sathya Sai Baba, Why don't you look at me?
Sathya Sai baba, Why don't you talk to me?
His performance was so spontaneous and he possessed no inhibitions whatsoever. I felt as though he was articulating the prayers of millions of devotees in those simple words. And of course his musical improvisation that day was a masterpiece. Wish I could share more such incidents, but for the paucity of space and time.
I need not pray for his immortal soul. He was definitely a Jeevan Mukta, born to teach the world the pathway to liberation through music.