I met John Heard in Los Angeles in the 80s when he played with my vocal jazz group Borrowed Time. We were lucky to have him; his list of credits include luminaries from Count Basie to Sonny Rollins to Pharaoh Sanders. The legendary Oscar Peterson often called him to accompany him, just bass and piano. I drove down the coast from LA with him for one of those concerts, happy to listen from backstage. Besides being a great and sought after bass player, John was a serious visual artist from his teens, later adding sculptures to his paintings. I was honored to write lyrics for his song. It lent itself to a great arrangement for Borrowed Time, excerpted in the clip here. He is sorely missed.