I've played guitar since the 1970s, thought I knew all the greats, but somehow didn't discover Shawn until about 11 years ago. Ran across a used copy of Abstract Logic in a music store, and that was it. For me his work with Hellborg and Sipe is the pinnacle of guitar playing. Still get shivers from some of those moments when you can just feel the synergy happening, the musical communication in real time. But even more impressive - a humble genius, voracious reader, encyclopedic movie buff, pianist, chef, all of it. And then to play through pain. As I once heard someone else say, Shawn transcended the physical limitations of the guitar.