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Jordin Kare died yesterday, from complications of aortic valve replacement surgery. I am still somewhat in shock. He was younger than Colleen.

There is not much to be grateful for on this Thursday, but I am profoundly grateful for Jordin's music, which has been part of my life's soundtrack since at least the early 1980s. He was one of the founders of Off Centaur Publications, publishers of the Westerfilk songbooks and many fine filk tapes. (Jordin did the typesetting for Westerfilk I using troff, which led to a number of typos involving single quotes, which troff treats specially if they're the first character in a line.)

Last night Naomi and I sang a few of his songs -- "Fire In the Sky", "The Designer" and "The Engineer", "Waverider", and all I could remember of "Kantrowitz 1972". It wasn't until this morning that I found the lyrics for that and "Sail for Amber", Colleen's favorite.

I just ...

(Jordin Kare: Fire In The Sky (1991) | LyricWikia)

Date: 2017-07-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] septemberlilac
Thirty-eight years ago this month, I heard a man sing a song - my introduction to filk. The man was Jordin Kare.

In recent years, I saw Jordin only rarely when we happened to be at the same conventions, just to say hi and chat for a minute or two. He was always kind to me. You're not the only one in shock today. My heart is broken.

Date: 2017-07-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline

He will be greatly missed.

Date: 2017-07-20 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
בָּרוּךְ דַּיָּן הָאֱמֶת.‏

It is a sad loss for all of us. Let us hold him and Colleen in our hearts, and may his memory always be a blessing.

Edited Date: 2017-07-20 11:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-21 02:33 am (UTC)
acelightning: purple starry sky (space)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
I grieve with thee...

(I only knew his name, and some of his songs, but I'm pretty sure he's where he always wanted to be... after all, he left on Landing Day...)

Edited (addendum) Date: 2017-07-21 08:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-21 03:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that! (I mean, okay, I'm just a random fan but I remember carefully making purchases from the Off Centaur catalogs...)

Date: 2017-07-21 04:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kshandra
I just ...

...yeah, that.


Date: 2017-07-21 04:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] catsittingstill
He was my first experience of learning a song and only several years later meeting its author. He will be missed.

Date: 2017-07-22 01:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousgary
My own remembrances of Jordin are posted in my journal. Which makes it fairly obvious what *my* favorite song of Jordin's is.

Date: 2017-07-22 04:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkferengi

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