All of us in this community and the world lost a good friend last week. I'm
not going to go into how he died or why, but I can tell you that he was a
huge part of being a catalyst for Spokane's Music/Entertainment/Art and
community. The last time I saw him was at Elkfest 2013 shining bright in
the midafternoon sun on stage with his talented crew, The Flying Spiders.
Since I heard the news of his apparent suicide I can't stop listening to
his and his bands latest album, "Sexy Intelligent EP: Villaging Trilogy".
It's a solid album and is funky and well crafted by his creative cast. It
really hit hard to try to remind us all in our great city to always take
time to say "hi" or spend a minute with someone in our tight knit art and
music community. I myself struggle with depression and anxiety and at times
I think we forget how fragile and emotional creative minds are. As I write
this on the anniversary of 9/11, I want to remind all of us artist,
musicians, painters and writers that you all have so much courage and light
that you bring to the world and to never quit or get discouraged. Sometimes
maybe we need to realize why we all do what we do and to not chase the
sometimes elusive fame/fortune/respect theories and to do it to "inspire,
to free your soul, to create beauty, to make people smile, and to make true
human connections." These being the only things that really matter in this
f@#*ed up world. So next time you see a lonely soul playing his saxaphone
downtown, or a painter painting under a railroad bridge or some sweat
soaked guitarist that just melted everyone's face at some dive bar,
say "What's up?" and "thank you" in this often times "thankless" vocation.
God Rest Your Soul Som - Much love!