Jim The Great

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

Yesterday seemed to be a typical Monday. Anticipating my day in academic life, I started by reading my emails and preparing my posts for the week.

I went to my office and for a Blue Monday, I was in a pretty good mood, especially for a girl that doesn’t like Mondays for some childish reason.

Then, I heard my Twitter alert and grabbed my cell phone to see what is going on. The moment I saw that Bret Hart tweet, I felt like I was in a silent movie. My mouth was moving, but no sound was coming out. I gasped and suddenly, tears were slowly hitting my desk.

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart had passed away.

I stopped doing whatever I was doing for a good 5 minutes. My thoughts went to Ellie, Nattie, Muffy, Jenni and TJ. He was a heck of a father and family man. He would do anything for his girls. Then, I was thinking about Bret. His partner in crime and one of his closest friends was gone.

A family lost a husband, father, brother-in-law, uncle, brother and cousin. Friends have lost a loyal, funny, kind-hearted friend. Fans have lost an hero. It’s an inspiration to be who you are and to give your best in everything no matter what.

A month ago, we had filmed a little tribute to the Hart Foundation. It wasn’t a perfect video, but Donald and I were both so proud to recall our fondest memories of The Hitman and The Anvil. I remember saying that I was always mesmerized by Jim’s charisma. As a child, I called him my fun uncle Jim since I truly wanted to have a fun uncle like Jim.

I’m happy that Jade, her brothers, her sister and her cousins have the honor of having this one-of-a-kind gentle giant of an uncle like Jim.

In recent years, I realized that the most precious gift from someone who loved you, but is no longer with you, is the gift of sweet memories.

Photographs, videos, letters and foremost, the recollection of sweet stories and memories are truly the most valuable legacy they could have left us.

I dedicate this post to Ellie, Nattie, TJ, Stephanie, Jennifer, Jim’s grandkids, Bret and the entire Hart and Neidhart families. To Jim’s friends too and to all his fans.

To Jade Lambros-Hart, The Chronicle Family is sending big hugs.

With love,

The Chronicle Blog Family

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John is still with us.

The first week of December is not the happiest week of this so called magical month.

37 years ago, John Lennon left us. He was on the verge of releasing a brand new album.

He was the ultimate New Yorker, watching the wheels of life pass by with both his sons growing up, his wife by his side, and a new decade to discover.

The wheels stopped rolling on that fatal day. The world stopped rolling too. I wasn’t born yet (3 years later), but my brother was 4 years old and he remembers this day clearly. He remembers my mom crying on the phone, telling someone that John had died. My father was in shock and disbelief.

Since I was probably 4 or 5 years old, I have been a big Beatles fan. This was because of my brother and by accident actually.

Saturday morning, on a sports radio station, there was an oldies music show (ironic). And, while we were playing or he was studying in another room, I was in his bedroom playing with my dolls. I remember the first time I heard The Beatles song “Do You Want to Know a Secret” and my reaction was almost ethereal. I was so taken by the melody and the fact that I was having this reaction. This exact moment was the start of my love story with The Fab Four.

A couple of years later, when I was 7 years old, I watched a movie on TV about John and Yoko. On that Sunday movie night at home, I cried realizing John was no longer with us and someone was really mean and killed him.

My brother, again who is until this day my ultimate teacher, explained to me what happened and why. From that moment, I did the math with the Polytechnique tragedy, and I was so mad.

Again, violence was destroying this world.

But today, I want to focus on John and what he brought in our lives.

He taught us to fight the good fight, even if it is not the most popular one.

He taught us not take ourselves too seriously sometimes.

He taught us that we are not perfect and we all make mistakes. It’s never too late to reconnect with our loved ones.

John wasn’t perfect at all. But, he was a real, beautiful soul. Life wasn’t always easy, especially when he was little.

The Beatles have shown us that we may not have chosen our family, but our friends can become the family we choose.

37 years later, we still imagine a world without anger, without hunger, and without pain.

The scars of his death are still visible. It still hurts. He didn’t choose to leave his body like this. No ones would actually. He didn’t get the chance to see his sons becoming wonderful men, or to grow old with his soulmate.

My favourite John Lennon tribute is by his brother, George.

Let’s enjoy this beautiful tribute.

All those years ago by George Harrison

When George sang you are the reason we exist, gosh my heart is melting and tears are caressing my cheeks.

Let’s remember happy thoughts of John today.

Let’s remember the love story of when a man fell in love with a woman who became his ultimate muse.

Let’s remember his sons, and hope they had good memories, even when sometimes father-son relationships can be tricky.

Let’s remember he got the chance to have 3 more brothers in his life.

And let’s remember he was a working class hero, like the rest of us.

Here my favorite quote of John:

Gord

His death hurt like hell.

Music has always been in my blood, my oxygen. During the beginning of my teenage years, like a lot of teenagers, it wasn’t an easy. Listening to The Hip on CHOM Radio (thank you CHOM, you saved my life) and absorbing Gord’s mystical, authentic lyrics;it gave me courage to be true to myself and to be proud of who I am.

Now, I’m closing my eyes, listening to the classic Hip song “Ahead by a Century” from their 2005 album Yer Favourites.

Ahead by a Century

This album was one of my favorite albums of all time. I wish I could sing really loudly on the train, but I must restrain myself.

I’m happy!

 

I’m happy that the legacies from these amazing poets, musicians, composers, and just generally amazing human beings from our generation will forever be part of our lives. There will always be a kid that will look back in curiosity and discover these treasures.

I’m happy that The Hip was and is part of my life, until I am no longer part of this world.

The Hip

Gord, I wish I could have thanked you for being a positive ray of light in my life, and in everyone’s lives. When I watched the last Hip show, we were all united. We all said thank you, finally.

Here some words of wisdom from Gord:

Gord

Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.”

We will meet again!

http://www.secretpath.ca

http://www.thehip.com

 

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Goodbye Sir Christopher Cornell

I can’t believe the news today oh boy…

Disbelief, sadness, total choc, mad and melancholic.

Waking up and reading that Chris Cornell has passed away, I just cannot believe it and I have too like the rest of us.

Chris C

Yesterday on my way back home, I was actually thinking of writing a Chronicle about the bands I cherish with one of my best friend Van in the Rock and Alternatif scene.

CHRIS CORNELL drawing

Credits to Micheal S.

This beautiful drawing you saw is from the artist Micheal Shifflett.

Soundgarden was one of my first band I really cherish during those Seattle Kings. I was always more a Soundgarden fan than a Nirvana. The melody, the sound of each instrument perfectly orchestrated and oh my his voice. They were my kind of band.

I can perfectly remember the first time I saw the Black Hole Song on Musique Plus. Actually it was my big brother that was in deep in the Hip-Hop world show me this video and said: It is fuck up but so good. Little sister, this is your kind of world. I was 10 or 11 and he was right.

Soundgarden 90

The album Superunknown is still an album I’m listening and for me, it will never faded away.

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In 2012, when I bought their new album King Animal and listening to the song Been away for to long, I was singing pretty loud in my car the chorus I’ve been away for to long.

King animals

This is an album back to the source. For me, my Seattle kings were back and here to stay for good. The song By Crooked Step is pure perfection. Kim Thayil is like a scientist on this song.

Soundgarden

I was so happy to hear that Soundgarden reunited and were touring. When I read a few months ago that Chris was involve the movie The Promise, I was happy and glad.

Here a nice article on The Rolling Stones about his creative process for the main title track on The Promise soundtrack.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-chris-cornells-orchestral-the-promise-w471391

He did some amazing songwriting a for  movies such as 12 years of slave, Casino Royale, The Promise.

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He was a beautiful creature that will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathies goes to his family and friends.