2017 SPRING SAHAVAS
TOM RILEY's boyhood was spent in Woodstock, NY, where he studied art. At the age of 18 he went to the college of fine arts at Temple University. After graduating and back in Woodstock in 1954, Tom heard of Meher Baba, which initiated his life-long preoccupation with Him. Shortly after this, he began a correspondence with Adi K. Irani, Baba's disciple and secretary. This exchange of letters lasted for several years and brought him into an intimate connection with the Beloved. Tom met Meher Baba for the first time in Myrtle Beach in 1958 and, again, in 1962, he was with Meher Baba in India at the East-West Gathering.
CATHERINE HAAS RILEY has been teaching and performing music for 45 years and has numerous collaborative and solo recordings. Devoted to Baba since 1972, she sang with Bob Brown, Jim Meyer, and Jeff Wolverton. In the 1980's she began composing and performing her own music. In Asheville Cathy became interested in choral music. There she organized and directed a 'Mountains to the Sea' choir. She, with Melodee Koska in Myrtle Beach, created a chorus of combined Asheville and Myrtle Beach singers, which eventually morphed into the Asheville Music Sahavas.
After exploring several spiritual paths BILLY GOODRUM was simultaneously thrilled (Baba!) and relieved (no more back-wrenching Zen Meditation!) to learn of Meher Baba from the book Listen, Humanity which he stumbled on in a used bookstore over 20 years ago. Billy and his wife Pamela were manager/caretakers at Meher Mount in California for two years around the turn of the century. Billy presently resides in Asheville, NC with Pamela and children Rose and Ben and makes his living writing and performing music, mostly for films.
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