SPRINGWATER — Jean Paul once said, “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”
Harry Reynolds of Wayland brought his music to the Springwater Webster Crossing Historical Society, and brought back many happy memories to those in the area. David Holbrook and Reynolds formed “The Mavericks” over 50 years ago. Once Holbrook could no longer be in the band, Reynolds took on the solo mission of bringing music to the public.
Reynolds does perform with his son, Kenny, on occasion as well.
“I started out playing the Ukulele,” he said. “It is a beautiful instrument. It is starting to come back now.”
“From the time I was a little kid my uncle would pay me a nickel to sing,” Reynolds continued. “I was very shy back then.”
Reynolds is a US Air Force Veteran, and has played at many weddings over the years.
“We lived in Webster Crossing for 13 beautiful years while we raised our young family,” he said. “We (The Mavericks) played around here for 10 years. John was 10 years older than me, and didn’t want to play anymore.”
Reynolds started to play alone in 1976, which is a long time to be solo.
“I run into people who say I played at their wedding 35 or 40 years ago,” he said. “I played at a lot of weddings. I look back at the over 50 years I played guitar, and I spent a lot of time playing in bars.”
Reynold said that his son, Kenny, has played with him many times. Kenny Reynolds writes a lot of music with his mother, Carol, and they harmonize very well.
Reynolds is known for raising a lot of money for the Springwater Fire Department. Many said he single handedly saved the fire department with his music.
“I remember we had this big circus tent in 1967,” he said. “It rained on us the whole time. We were unique, which is why we did it all those years. If I had it to do all over again I would do it twice.”
Reynolds said he has more fun doing it now than when he was younger, and feels more at ease.