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I am very sad, for Jim is one of the reasons Amoeba remains the best place I have worked for. Jim was always so interested in my music - Renaissance and Baroque lutes, unhip despite early music's self-appointed acronym - when I knew little of his, beside "experimental," and the high regard accorded him by classical musicians. Jim's was the all-inclusive mindset that every artist should strive for.
- Franklin Lei, Library Technical Services, UC Berkeley
Jim was a sweet and kind soul. I am still reeling from this news and seeing this wonderful tribute in the paper finally released the floodgates. I just didn't want to believe that he could be gone. so sudden. So soon. His music was way out there, but also quite poignant and beautiful. And I actually think he might be amused that a piece of advertising spam is the first comment on here. He would find it ironic, I think.
But he was much more to me than the nice record guy at Amoeba. He was my boyfriend for five years and I will always love him. We remained friends after our break up and he helped me a great deal in the last several years. He was a source of great support in my chronic incurable illness. Doping things for me that I could not do for myself. This was not something he shared with anyone. He didn't need to be lauded for being a compassionate person. He just was.
Jim and I made a wonderful couple of pieces of music together; which we were going to release but I had been dragging my feet about. Being ill, I had little energy to devote to finishing the design of the cover and procrastinated. I really wish I hadn't; as now we'll never get the chance to release it together. But maybe I can find a way, as a tribute to him, to still do it.
If his passing has taught me anything, it is not to wait.
This isn't very eloquent, but I find that I have lost my eloquence with the sadness I feel at the world losing someone who was truly a good person in every sense of the word. The world lost a musician but many of us lost a dear friend. I imagine Jim is dancing with Baron Samedi, ( one of the Voodoo deities of death that he is dressed up as in the image above,) wherever he is now. I can imagine they would have a grand old time.
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I met Jim shortly after moving to KC , he was the guy at the record store that could get me anything I wanted. Always a kind soul, almost always had a smile, even when thing were rough. After a while he and a few of our friends were playing together doing whatever came to mind, and he and a friend opened place called the Rhumba Box, hosted every outside sort of music from punk to ..well, just about everything. Somehow he got Beck to play 2 shows on his 1st tour there, when Loser was just beginning to hit the air. Those shows, and that someone had torn the sprinkler system out of the space he rented for it lead to the closing of it and his exit from KC at that point. As it was pre internet days, we lost track of one another until a few years ago. Even not having seen one another for over 20 years, the news of his passing has been a blow. He was a unique soul, one the world will miss.
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