2019 in memoriam

graham kennedy
steve smith
kim bromberg
ted triebner
john mann
ron kirbyson


nobody knows what’s going on with life and death, why are we here, why do we die etc. and on top of it some exit with a different surprise than others. i appreciate little kids getting upset when they find out we die, unsurprised when they say they plan on fixing it. in the castaneda books, don juan said death is always sitting on your shoulder, seemed as fair as however else a person tries to remember rules about constant impermanence. glad music has a different lifespan, that the song you write or record has potential to experience much more time than you. when you play the little scribbles on paper or figure out something by ear, it is sort of a time travel experience. the composer may be dead but in a way, you are peering into their mind. you just don’t get to ask them any questions except whatever you intuit from sequences of sound. that’s as fair as anything, as fair as dying.

steve smith

kim bromberg

ted triebner

john mann

ron kirbyson

katharine mulharin

nobody knows what’s going on with life and death, why are we here, why do we die etc. and on top of it some exit with more surprise than others. i appreciate little kids getting upset when they find out we die, unsurprised when they say they plan on fixing it. in the castaneda books, don juan said death is always sitting on your shoulder. that seemed as useful as however else a person tries to remember rules about our constant impermanence. i’m glad music has a different lifespan, that the song you write or record has potential to experience much more time than you. when you play the little scribbles on paper or figure out something by ear, it is sort of a time travel experience. the composer may be dead but you are peering into their mind. you just don’t get to ask them any questions except whatever you intuit from these sequences of sound. that’s as fair as anything, as fair as dying.

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