Love Remembered: Music and poetry

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There will be a belated Valentine’s Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 pm at the West Tisbury library. According to a press release, this event, titled “Love Remembered,” features a performance of love songs by renaissance musicians Ed Merck and Eric Johnson, followed by a love poetry reading by several local greats. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Eric Johnson studied jazz and classical guitar at the New England Conservatory. In his 20s he lived, performed, and recorded in Boston and Brooklyn, N.Y. He was an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, but now mostly performs and teaches on the Island. Johnson is the organizer of the West Tisbury library’s “Second Sunday Jazz” and “Tuesdays at Twilight” concert series.

Ed Merck, author of “Sailing the Mystery” and numerous articles for PBS’s “Next Avenue,” has been a full-time resident of the Vineyard since 2013. Prior to that he worked as chief financial officer for various colleges and universities, and co-developer and owner of the premier strategic/financial planning software used in higher education today. Merck is a certified yoga teacher, Reiki master, on-Island meditation teacher, and musician, having performed and recorded since his 20s with numerous early music ensembles, both nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit sailingthemystery.com.