Remembrance Lisa Exberger (Nan's Daughter-in-law) After a painful battle with cancer, my Mother-In-Law Nan Bostick passed away this evening. Like every member of her family, she was an extremely gifted storyteller who used her passion and incredible talent in ragtime music as her medium to share her love and knowledge with the world. She was always the life of the party! The world will be a dimmer and duller place with her absence, but I am SOOO grateful I had the amazing good fortune to call her family for the last 18 years!
Service Will Locksmith Hawkins (Nan's son) We are all sad that Mom (Nan) has left us and set out on her biggest and most profound adventure. So instead on morning our loss I would like to invite you all to come celebrate her life with us.
Services for Nan will be held at the First Baptist Church of
Menlo Park on April 28th from 2 to 5
in the after noon. We will have pianos to help play her out and an opportunity to share our memories and her life with each other. Please join us to celebrate my mom's amazing life.
If you can not attend mom thought it would be neat idea if I could set up a video camera and webcast the celebration. I will work as hard as I can to make this happen for anyone that can not make.
Address of church:
1100 Middle Avenue
Menlo Park California 94025
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Bostick, of Menlo Park, CA, is the grandniece and biographer of Charles N.
Daniels, the ragtime era composer and music publisher who helped Scott Joplin
promote his first rag in 1899. As Nan will readily demonstrate at the piano, her
"Uncle Charlie" composed some excellent rags himself along with such
well loved standards as: Chlo-e: Song of the Swamp, She's Funny That Way, Sweet
and Lovely, and You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine.
An avid scholar, educator, writer, and producer,
Nan always adds a bit of history to the toe-tapping music she plays. She
is the acknowledged "expert" on the ragtime era of Detroit and
the "Indian Intermezzo" craze inadvertently initiated by her
great uncle's 1901 hit Hiawatha. She continues tracking down details
about ragtime's women composers, having co-authored the Lexicon of
Ragtime's Women Composers with Dr. Nora Hulse.
Nan served on the board of the West Coast Ragtime
Society and continues to coordinate the seminars at November's West
Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento. Her own multi-media seminars and
concerts are warmly received at festivals throughout the country
including the West Coast, Scott Joplin, Blind Boone, Lake Superior,
Ragtime in Randall, and Indianapolis Classic Ragtime Festivals as well
as the new Ragtime Street Fair at the Henry Ford Greenfield Village in
Nan recently retired from a career as a curriculum
writer and educator and a Music Together® teacher for babies newborn to
4. Cuts from her first CD were used by Ken Burns in his recent PBS
documentary "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack
Johnson." Nan's own ragtime compositions are featured on her
subsequent CDs, also available via www.CDBaby.com.
2008 bio from West Coast Ragtime Society
Nan playing her 2003 composition, 'That Missing You
Rag', January 14, 2012 at the home of Tom Hawthorne.
Video by Lewis Motisher