RIP Cecil Womack

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Preserve the Dead: Cecil Womack (Sep 25, 1947 – Feb 1, 2013.

Full story on the BBC.

Cecil was best known in the UK for the 1988 hit Teardrops, which he recorded with his second wife Linda Cooke under the name Womack and Womack. He also wrote hits for stars including Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and his first wife, Motown singer Mary Wells.

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Quote of the Day: Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around…

Preserve the Dead: Bob Marley (Feb 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981)

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Quote taken from goodreads.com

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.

You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.

They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.

Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face.

In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you.

You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.

You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”- Bob Marley

Black History: Interview with Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band (Repost)

Preserving the Dead: Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (Aug 1, 1942 – Aug 9, 1995)

You may be familiar with the Grateful Dead but you might not be as familiar with the Jerry Garcia Band, formed in 1975 by Jerry Garcia. One of the original members of the JGB is organist Melvin Seals, who continues to preserve the dead and tour with the JGB “Keepers of the Flame”.

Kane, Peter, “Jerry Garcia Band, ca. 1982: Jaclyn LaBranch, Melvin Seals, Dee Dee Dickerson, Greg Errico, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn,” Grateful Dead Archive Online, accessed February 2, 2013, http://www.gdao.org/items/show/829146.

To celebrate Black History Month, I’ve provided an excerpt from an interview I had with Melvin, originally published on the Tri State Indie Music Magazine site for which I write. You can see the full interview here.

TSI: How did you meet Jerry Garcia? Can you tell how you came to join the JGB in 1980?

MS: I met Jerry through John Kahn, who played bass for Jerry at that time. John heard me through Maria Muldaur and asked me would I be willing to play in another band he was in, and asked me to a rehearsal where I met Jerry. He liked my work and the rest is history.

TSI: Are there any songs that make you cry, laugh, or get angry when you play them or hear them played?

MS: ”Forever Young” has brought tears to my eyes. Also “I’ll Be with Thee”. The lyrics are very touching.

TSI: Can you talk about any traditions that you keep (or have broken) with the JGB?

MS: The most important tradition is keeping the same look and likeness of the original band: 2 background singers, bass player , drum, guitar, and keyboard. I also try not to change the material.

Read more here.