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David Bowie, 69

I don’t want to write this post.  There hasn’t even been enough time to fully mourn the passing of the last legend taken away in a heartbeat.

I am writing this with the heaviest of hearts… once again having been bitch-slapped as I heard the words whispered from across the hall… “David Bowie has died”.

Bowie - 2016-0110 RIP

Born 08 January, 1947, Bowie was taken from us just two days after the celebration of his 69th birthday, on Sunday, 10 January 2016.

I’m completely crushed.  I haven’t read any news stories yet… I’ve done nothing but sit in silence.  Opening tabs with the intention of reading, of listening, of watching a video.  But nothing will fill that deep hole that was ripped into me an hour and a half ago.  So I’ll end this post here, with a few links for you to follow through if you’d like.

Rest in Peace, dearest Sir… and thank you for the lifetime of entertainment you have provided to our souls. Here’s our two cents for the ferryman… May your journey be swift and peaceful.

… and we’ll all raise a glass in honor of you when we come out of our shellshocked awakening …

David Bowie – Official

David Bowie – Wikipedia

David Bowie – BBC Obituary

 

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Music, Reflections

 

Motorhead’s Lemmy Dead at 70

tribe4mian - Lemmy 2015-1228Sad, sad news in the world of music tonight…

Founding member and frontman of Motörhead, Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka Lemmy, has passed away from cancer.  Lemmy, 70, died in Los Angeles.

Plagued by ill-health for a couple of years now, Lemmy was born in Staffordshire, England in 1945.  In 1972 he joined Hawkwind as bassist, and in 1975 formed Motörhead.
RIP Sir!

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Metal, Reflections

 

BREAKING Robin Williams dead at 63

Robin Williams

Completely gutted.  Have not been able to 100% confirm yet, but the news isn’t looking good…

Multi-talented Robin Williams died this morning.  The rumor mill is already spinning. Will post an update upon confirmation.

More to follow…


UPDATE:  7:38 PM EST

ABC News has it up… Therefore, I guess it’s confirmed…


UPDATE:  9:12 PM EST

A lovely tribute to Robin Williams by WCVB Boston.  The first of many, I am sure.

No other words or comments from me.  Truly heartbroken over tonight’s news.  May Mr. Williams rest in eternal peace.  I offer my two cents for the ferryman and ask to please make his journey swift and carefree…

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Reflections

 

R.I.P. MICHAEL DAVIS, Bass Player for MC5

American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music producer Michael Davis has died of liver failure at the age of 68. 

Michael Davis

Davis was best known as a member of the MC5 and Destroy All Monsters.

While serving time at the Lexington Federal Correction Institution for a narcotics violation he created abstract paintings for permanent display in the prison’s Visitor Center and administrative offices.

Several years of immersion in life in the desert southwest and world travels with various rock bands gave Davis the inspiration and desire to return to his roots as a painter, having studied art along the way at The Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California, the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and Butte Community College/California State University, Chico in Chico, California.

He also co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.

Michael Davis

On Friday, February 17, 2012, Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease.  In 2005 he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and wrote a candid personal blog which chronicled his health battles.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Music, Reflections

 

Whitney Houston

Once again, sad news coming in from the world of music …

Singer and actress Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.  No further details available right now, but, as always, lots of speculation and discussions of lifestyles are being made.

Regardless of the whys, she really had a great voice and the potential for a comeback has once again been silenced.  The singer/actress had six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards.

Here’s two my two cents for the Ferryman, Ms. Houston.  May you rest in peace.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Reflections

 

SciFi Mafia cd launch..

I’m attending the launch of the NEW Scifi Mafia cd tonight and hope to get some excellent shots from this gig!!
Here is a sample taste of things to come!!

Jez

 

The World Goth Collective

Goth, Mosher, Freak, Metalhead, Rocker, Punk… Dressed in black from head to toe… maybe a chain, maybe a pin, maybe a stud… A bit of lace, a touch of leather, a buckle, a belt, maybe a feather …

Which of us hasn’t been creative… expressive …in how we dress, in how we appear to the outside world…

Now imagine being beaten to death, kicked so savagely that your very gender is not recognizable…

Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby (Photo from thesun.co.uk)

Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby (Photo from thesun.co.uk)

And that’s just what happened one August evening in the United Kingdom in 2007.  A young couple, Robert Maltby and his girlfriend of three years, Sophie Lancaster, were walking home through a park in Lancashire when a group of teenagers ganged up and began their vicious assault on Robert.  He was beaten unconscious. 

And as Sophie sat there protectively cradling her love in her arms, the group of teenagers turned their blows to her.  They kicked her head… they jumped on her head… over and over, Their attack was so vicious on the couple that no one could discern which was the male and which was the female.  Both Robert and Sophie were taken to hospitals in comas.  Robert slowly recovered over the next two weeks.  Sophie, however, never regained consciousness and was removed from life support when it was determined that she would never recover. 

… all because they were Goths … because they were different from their attackers … because …

There’s no justification.  Society as a whole has disintegrated to the lowest depths of humanity.  They’re not sure exactly how many participated in the murder and assault.  One thing is certain, a young girl is silenced, her creative flair will never have the opportunity to mature, her laughter cannot be heard …

The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation was established in the hopes of preventing another senseless murder.  To try to bring understanding and acceptance into the human mix.  Sophie’s name provided the perfect acronym for the foundation’s aim:  Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.  Her family, her friends, the Goth Community, and other subcultures banded together to change the world.

The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation

These last few days brought the world together in another charitable way, too.

World Goth Day is quickly descending upon us, and as in the past, S.O.P.H.I.E. continues to play an important role in the gathering of people who love wearing all that black, all that lace, all those chains…

A collaborative effort was quickly put together by bands from all different corners of the world.  And I do mean QUICKLY.  With only a couple of days alloted, everyone scurried about to studios and the streets.  Audio clips were made, videos were taped, and everything was spliced together just as quick as quick could be.  For you see, the sole purpose was to put on a global production in order to raise some money for S.O.P.H.I.E. in time for World Goth Day.  Oddly enough, even though time was not on their side, they pulled it off, and had great FUN while doing so.

The below clip is the final cut of a 48-hour international production.  Hats off to Gary for pulling it off, and the greatest of bows to all those who stopped running in blind circles to participate in the first World Goth Collective.

*Featured bands participating in the The World Goth Collective: 

Dead HeavenUK | New Zero GodGreece | The Hiram KeyTurkey | Strap On HaloUSA | Midnight ConfigurationUK | NightPorterUK | AnkstSouth Africa

Cover Track of David Bowie‘s “Everyone Says Hi“.

We do hope you enjoyed the video and in the spirit of giving will make a donation (no matter how big or how small) to the S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation, HERE.  We’ll keep the S.O.P.H.I.E. banner running on the sidebar so that you can always check back on the foundation’s efforts, events, and progress.

Sending you our wishes for a peaceful evening. 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Music, Reflections