Great post. You're most fortunate to have had the privilege of hearing him play live - I'd have loved that. But, yes, agreed, absolutely, he does get you in the gut - at that visceral emotional level, joy and sorrow both, and something that is epic and transcendental as well. I haven't listened to him for a while; I think I would be in bits - it has only been seven weeks (today) since my mother passed away - if I thought to play him. So, yes, I do get the sobbing - completely.