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Local violinist remembered after passing away

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local violinist was laid to rest this week. Rachel Blanton died suddenly, in her sleep on Christmas Day. But her music lives on, touching lives throughout the community.

"The ability to just know music, she felt it, she had it in her," said John Austin Clark, a close friend and local musician.

Rachel Blanton was a master of the violin. She didn't always like the spotlight., but Blanton shined behind the scenes. The New Albany native was always on her way to the next gig, bringing lots of energy with her.

"Rachel did all kinds of music, all the genres and this is one she got particularly excited about this, she use to tell me this is when I can pretend to be a rockstar," said Mark Beyer, a local musician.

Clark said, "Rachel found rock and roll in every genre of music and she made every genre speak."

Blanton leaves behind a gapping hole in the local music industry. The 40-year old died peacefully in her sleep, on Christmas morning.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever had to feel, I've never had anyone in my life that close, leave my life that instantly," said Clark.

She had her hands in a variety of projects around town, from Bourbon Baroque to Abbey Road on the River.

Beyer said, "It didn't matter how difficult the assignment, she would tackle it and she would find all the appropriate string and horn player, and she would hand transcribe all of it."

Friends and family say she's irreplaceable. An inspiring musician, but most importantly an incredible person.

"She was just the most kind, giving, generous person that you could have met," said Jon Silpayamanant, a local musician.

Clark said, "She just had such a presence and I'm just so honored that I was able to have her in my life for the short amount of time that she was here."

A presence that will stick with these musicians, and our community, through her music.

Beyer said, "Now any time I hit the keyboard with a violin sound, Rachel will be playing along side me."

If Blanton didn't get the bows she deserved on stage, she is certainly getting them now.

Blanton was also a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy. Her family plans to set up a scholarship at the school, in her memory.

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