Thursday, July 9, 2009
It is with great sorrow that I have to report the passing of Dani Baquet-Long
who was best known around the world for her work (with husband Will Long)
as the duo called Celer. Only knowing both of them for more than two years,
I already feel I have lost a good friend and family member, so it is inconceivable
how Will is coping with this right now. My thoughts and prayers have been
going out to Will and Dani ever since I received the news yesterday afternoon.
Will's phone call prompted me to immediately halt label activities for the rest
of the day, so no orders were shipped, however I am resuming with
operations today. Below is the message that Will Long has been sending out:
Dear friends, With great sadness I have to announce to you, our friends, that
Dani passed away yesterday, July 8. On Tuesday morning I woke to find her
unconscious, and not breathing. The medics were called, and she was revived,
but fell directly into a coma and didn't wake up. She passed away yesterday at 3pm,
with her family by her. All that is known to say why is that her heart stopped,
for no foreseeable reason. The only relation is that her father died in the
same way, of a cardiac arrest at the age of 29. She was 26. Right now I don't
know how to express the loss and sadness I feel, knowing that someone so
ultimately close to me, and such an inspiration and friend to so many other
people in the world is gone. All I can say is that she won't be forgotten, or
pushed aside only because she's gone. She'll always be with me, as my inspiration,
my love, my everything. All I can say is I miss her, every second. Right now I
won't be able to answer many emails, as there's only so much I can talk about this.
Time will heal this, but I know the sadness will never go away. This, I'm ok with,
as I never want to forget every way she changed my life, and touched my heart.
I appreciate all your support and love, and even though many of you only
knew her through her poetry, or her music, I hope they are good memories.
Enclosed is a favorite photo of her, taken at her beach, at home.
Also, here was her favorite quote:
"The Meaning is in the Wonder"
- Kenneth Patchen
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Al Jones, founder of Bagatellen kindly interviewed Jim and Kim
regarding their new "Systems Realignment" CD on the either/OAR
division of a/O. A very nice one too! Thanks to Al for asking the
right questions in order to dig deeper into the album.
For that matter, I would also like to thank all the people who have
took time out of their busy schedules to conduct insightful interviews
for and/OAR up until now.
Al also wrote a review for the Dropp Ensemble CD here: