The power of giving is truly an amazing and worthwhile thing to do for the lives of others, as well as yourself for performing the good deed. Ray Burton, the father of the late great Cliff Burton, bassist in Metallica during their heyday in the 1980’s, is keeping his son’s memory alive, not through music per se, but through charity.
Music education in this country has become rather a second class luxury than a necessity. More and more schools are taking away their music and arts programs, but thanks to people like Burton, they get to live on. After all these years, the Burton estate continues to gain royalties from the music that son Cliff had been apart of. Being that the Metallica catalog is so powerful, powerful, and iconic, the money will certainly keep rolling in.
Rather than bask on the glory that his son took part in, Ray has decided to let others bask in it. Thanks to his son Cliff, and Metallica, the kids at Castro Valley High School have been receiving the money in music scholarships. This is the very school that Cliff himself had gone during his youth.
“One of the things from the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, Castro Valley High School, for music,” Ray Burton tells the Alphabetallica podcast. “The kids who won it they invariably write and thank me for. And I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much.”
“He was quite a humble person,” Ray added. “He just didn’t like the strutting types that so much of the rock ‘n’ roll musicians get to be when they get popular. He just liked to do his wild playing of heavy metal music. He never changed.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/