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bob
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Post Number: 844
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

I have some very sad news to share with you. Our friend Brother Paul (palembic) has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He is declining rapidly, and there is no cure.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the general form of a protein folding malfunction that affects the brain, with about one case per million people each year. Often thought of as Mad Cow Disease, the human condition resulting from ingestion of contaminated meat is actually a subset known as "variant CJD", and is responsible for only 5-10% of the cases (and usually among younger people). It turns out that over 85% of CJD occurs spontaneously, with no known cause.

So while we don't know for certain at this time, it appears there is no one to blame - and we needn't speculate here on Paul's eating habits, European agricultural policies, and so forth. It just is.

This has all happened quite rapidly, which I suppose is about the best we can make of it.

Sometime in mid or late December, Paul phoned one night and said that while rehearsing for a gig, he found he was unable to hear the beat. With encouragement from his band mates, he managed to get through the gig anyway, largely by resting his foot on a drum stand so he could at least feel it. As you can imagine, he was quite unhappy about this, but it didn't seem particularly alarming. He also started having some occasional problems with balance around the same time, fairly minor at first, which also suggested some sort of ear problem.

But his hearing tested fine, and his balance problems worsened to the point where he was told to stop driving, and take some time off work. He had a brain scan in the first week of January, which appeared normal - no tumor, for instance - so they admitted him to the hospital for additional tests. Several of these came back negative, and there was a bright moment on the 17th - he phoned again, excited about the fact that for the first time he had been able to snap his fingers along with a recording of his Blues Stuff band.

Even so, he almost sounded sedated, and a friend who had visited in person the day before said he looked even worse than he sounded, having lost a lot of weight and barely able to move around without assistance. They finally made the diagnosis on the 21st.

We can't know how much longer it will be - probably a few weeks, and not more than a few months. At some point he will slip into a coma, and it won't be much longer after that. For now, he still knows people and takes comfort from having friends and family in the room. As many of you know, he loves to talk, and between gestures, examples, and switching between several languages (wherever he finds the words), he manages. But blurring and double vision prevent him from reading, and he is no longer able to handle a conversation by phone.

He knows. And in fact, he seems to be accepting it quite a bit better than the rest of us.

Some of you here in the SF Bay Area had a chance to meet Paul last March at a local Alembic gathering. It was his first trip to the states, and he had always dreamed of being able to visit SF in particular. His eldest daughter is currently in a one year post-graduate law program at Stanford, so he came over again in October and we spent a great two weeks together. He was supposed to visit again for a week in May, to attend graduation, but it seems I may have to fill in for him.

Personally, I'm glad he had a chance to make it over here, and even more thankful that I had the privilege of sharing a few weeks of life with him. On his first visit, he proposed that we buy a case of good wine, which I would save so that we could share a bottle on each of his subsequent visits. We were having such a great time with other things that we didn't quite get to that, and by the next visit neither of us really felt like we could indulge the expense. But we were certainly looking forward to many years of good times together.

My computer, where I'm writing this, happens to be in "Paul's room", and I expect that's how I will think of it for quite some time. Coming from someone who has pretty much lived alone for a decade, and at times been characterized as a bit of a recluse, the fact that I looked forward to his visits - and always wished he could stay a few more days! - says a lot about just what a wonderfully warm, kind, and joyous human being he is.

After I got to know him well (by phone) several years ago, I used to joke with him that his "TBO" (The Bad One) signature really stood for "The Best One". He made me promise not to share that with the group, but it is how I will choose to remember him.

Peace, my friend. I shall miss you, and from time to time, over a glass of wine I know you'd enjoy.

-Bob
bob
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Post Number: 845
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

paul_and_bonnie.jpg
(Paul, with Bonnie)

(Message edited by bob on January 24, 2009)
davehouck
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Post Number: 7387
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 5:47 pm:   Edit Post

Bob, thank you for writing and sharing the news about our friend Paul.

Bob called me earlier today, and I have been thinking about our wonderful friend these past few hours. Paul has been a member of our club since the beginning, and his effusive personality was instrumental in bringing us together as a community, and in giving our community its unique character. His humor shown through in his posts, and it often brought a smile to me and to his friends here in our little global village.

Two years ago Paul asked me to install Skype on my computer, and we have been sharing telephone conversations and instant messaging conversations ever since. He’s the only person I use Skype with; it’s the hot line between Belgium and Asheville. He’s also sent me his CDs, and I sent mine to him. He’s just a warm and caring human being who loved music and loved sharing.

And this being a club of musicians, I would add that he’s a mighty fine bass player too.

He was so excited about his trip to San Francisco and to the Alembic club gathering, and I was so happy that he had been able to make the trip.

I am thankful for the gift of Paul’s presence in my life. Thank you Paul.
mike1762
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Post Number: 242
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 6:02 pm:   Edit Post

I'm very sorry to hear about this. Although CJD is very rare, I have (unfortunately) had a few patients with this disease. It robs one of their humanity and dignity in a horrific manner... something that no one deserves. It sounds like Paul is someone who would not want our pity, but would want to be remembered as the man he was before this disease took hold of his life.
crobbins
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Post Number: 211
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

((((((((((Brother Paul))))))))))
rraymond
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

Man, that's heartbreaking news...
pauldo
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Post Number: 85
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

The picture with Bonnie shows a man with a passion for fun and music.

Deepest sympathies to his friends and family.
dadabass2001
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Post Number: 994
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

I will miss Paul's happy posts here. I wish we had met.
Mike
lembic76450
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Post Number: 145
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post

I have no words for the ache in my heart, As Dave said, Paul pretty much created our world community here.
Janine and I will have you in our prayers, Thank you Paul, for touching us all.
spose
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Post Number: 235
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 3:28 am:   Edit Post

go in peace brother

I shed tears for you
grateful
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Post Number: 292
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 4:22 am:   Edit Post

I too only knew Paul from his posts on this forum.
A great guy who will be sorely missed.
Mark
georgie_boy
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Post Number: 643
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 4:24 am:   Edit Post

Absolutely tragic news!!
My heart goes out to him and his family.
jimmyj
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Post Number: 26
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 5:54 am:   Edit Post

Very sad. Sorry to not have known him but I can see he was well loved member of this extended family we have here. Condolences to Paul, his family and his many pals.
Jimmy J
musashi
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Post Number: 15
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

F**K.

I'm in tears.
artswork99
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Post Number: 547
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:17 am:   Edit Post

Love, prayers and tears.
Art
jet_powers
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Post Number: 419
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post

Devastating news... I had emailed him in early December as we hadn't heard from him here in a while. In his reply he told me he was readjusting after a major life change and seemed very upbeat saying he was planning on making a return to our forum in the near future, but to keep it to myself in the interim.

Nobody ever said life is fair, but this just plain old sucks.

My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.

He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.

-JP
karl
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Post Number: 146
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

That's terrible news. I didn't know Paul, and I rarely post on here, so I don't think I even exchanged posts with him, but I do remember I always found his frequent posts on this forum informative, witty and insightful. He came across as a lovely, decent chap, a genuine soul. It says a lot about him that I, and I'm sure many others here who equally never met him, will miss his presence here. My condolences to all.

K.
bassfingers
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Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 155
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:37 am:   Edit Post

As with many of you here,I don't know Paul but I'm deeply saddened by this news.There will be a huge TBO shaped hole in the club.

Paul,thank you for your posts here,and for sharing your knowledge.I know that sending positive thoughts and saying prayers are not going to change things but I don't know what else to do.

My thoughts are with you,your family and friends.
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1206
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

This is sad news. I'll miss the empty glass being banged on the table. I'm sorry to say this time there won't be another.

Keith
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 791
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

Sad, very sad news... :-(

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on January 25, 2009)
dela217
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Post Number: 933
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

Sad news indeed. He would call me once in a while. He could always tell when I needed a friend.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2146
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post

This is shocking. It would be sad anywhere, but it brought true tears to my eyes for a man I've never met except through these boards. Here's hoping that every good thing that can still happen for Paul comes to pass.

-bob
kimberly
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Username: kimberly

Post Number: 307
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

Sad doesn't begin to describe my emotions as I've read this post. This is absolutely heartbreaking.

Lots of love to a man with lots of love, both inside and out.

Kimberly
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3493
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post

I just logged on after a few day's absence as I am traveling on the east coast. What devastating news. I always found Paul,tbo's posts to be among the most refreshing, informative, and humourous found on this site. I even took my forum name from his lead. After knowing him for some time in cyberspace, it was indeed a great pleasure to meet him in person and hang out for a bit at the Northern California Alembic gathering last year. I found him to be even more delightful and original in person. I know there will be a lot of good thoughts, prayers and wishes heading over to Belgium from Alembicland. If the Beatles were correct is stating that "in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make", I suspect Paul will be taking along enough love for himself and still enough to share with others. Happy trails, my friend.

Bill, tgo (the guitar one)
kungfusheriff
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 788
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post

Shocking and tragic. To say TBO will be missed seems the understatement of the year.
bassman10096
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1186
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

So sad. Paul really made this place the warm, slightly exotic, sometimes twistedly funny place that drew me in when I began hanging out with you folks. Paul and I had a few things going offline a few years back, including a search on US Ebay for an Epi Casady he was GASsing for (never did find one for a decent price). I followed his daughter's graduation and beginning work as a lawyer (I'm one, too). Later we lost track - keeping contact only once a year or less. What a huge soul. You could get that just reading his posts, much less communicating directly. My heart goes out - to Paul and his family and to everybody else who'll miss him.
Bill
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 967
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 1:20 pm:   Edit Post

Heartbreaking news. His warm spirit and sense of humor were always evident in all of his conversations and relationships here.

I'm not a drinker, but tonight I'll raise my cup to Paul and give the table a sound thumping with my empty glass when I'm finished.

*raises glass* 'To Paul....'
pas
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Username: pas

Post Number: 149
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 2:10 pm:   Edit Post

This makes me very, very sad...such a vital and mischieveous spirit. I'll raise one to ya down at the blues jam tonight.

From one Paul to another, fair winds and following seas, good sir. We'll all be along in due course.
edwin
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Post Number: 386
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 5:25 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, I can't imagine this place without him. I hope the path he is on isn't harder than it has to be. Is there any way to get messages to him or his family? I hope he and they all know how much love there is for him here and, I would imagine, everywhere!

As someone who has gone through health issues, I know how fragile a gift our existence is. We are indeed blessed to have you here, Paul. Here's to you!


Edwin
2400wattman
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Post Number: 663
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

Likewise gentlemen, I too have missed his posts and upon finding out why my heart has all but caved in for a man I do not know and will miss. My deepest condolences for him and his family.
Cheers and God bless you Paul, I'm looking forward to meeting you in the hereafter.
811952
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Post Number: 1601
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:32 pm:   Edit Post

No words. We'll miss you Paul.

John
yggdrasil
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Post Number: 176
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:32 pm:   Edit Post

That is very sad news.
After he bought one of my Rob Allen's a few years ago, we bantered back & forth, waxing eloquent on the virtues of Belgian bier - especially the oldest variant, lambic (Paul's family has some history as lambic brewers - & the term lambic is a variant of "alembic" how strangely appropriate a connection).

I have the Jefferson Campervan in storage in Amsterdam & had intended to drop in on Paul to share a lambic this July when I do a solo trip (sans wife & dog). I passed close to his home twice in the last year, and am now very sad that I didn't visit earlier, thinking there would always be a better time...
lidon2001
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Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:38 pm:   Edit Post

When the bottles are a-clanging, and there's one more after all have stopped, we'll know who has joined in for a cold one. Godspeed Paul!

T
tom_z
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Username: tom_z

Post Number: 557
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:56 pm:   Edit Post

I am very sad to hear this news. Paul's spirit and sense of humor is so much part of the fabric of this little community. Peace & Love.
bob
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Username: bob

Post Number: 846
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

"Is there any way to get messages to him or his family? I hope he and they all know how much love there is for him here and, I would imagine, everywhere!"

In another day or two, allowing a little time for more of our friends to check in here, I plan to send the link for this thread to either the daughter I know, or a close mutual friend who is visiting Paul frequently. I'm not quite sure how, but I am confident they will do their best to convey our thoughts and compassion, to Paul, and his family.

For anyone who is especially close to Paul and suddenly finds themself without a way to get in touch, send me an email (preferably including your phone number). I don't particularly want to act as a filter, but as you all clearly appreciate, this is pretty overwhelming as it is, and in any case I certainly can't publish contact information here.
terryc
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Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 1:10 am:   Edit Post

Although that most of us only know each other through this site only we are connected in a very special way.
And now we are going to lose one of our connections and it saddens me deeply.
My utmost sympathies to Pauls family.
adriaan
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Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 1:22 am:   Edit Post

What a sad, sad fate. This is such disheartening news. Paul will be in my thoughts.
white_cloud
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Post Number: 595
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 3:39 am:   Edit Post

Im so sad to hear about Pauls illness - my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones!

Have faith Paul - death is the greatest lie we are taught in the western world.

John.
glocke
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 3:51 am:   Edit Post

Sad and terrible news....my heart goes out to Paul and his family.
keavin
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 4:47 am:   Edit Post

paul is the Main man around here!..............i was wondering why he's been soo quiet!
precarius
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Post Number: 265
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Very sad news. I'll be praying for him and his family. The nylon stocking jokes will always be missed.
Mike
olieoliver
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Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 6:29 am:   Edit Post

This is really sad news, my prayers go out to Paul and his entire family.

OO
bracheen
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Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 6:36 am:   Edit Post

Bob, thanks for sharing this. I'm speechless. Paul and I have had several phone conversations and emails. He's a great guy and a good friend. I'll be banging my bottle in your name Brother!

Sam
kenbass4
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Post Number: 318
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

Bob,

I am devestated, to say the least, to hear this about such an icon to this club. Our prayers go out to Paul and his family. I'm glad I had the chance to meet Paul at the gathering last March, the humor and joy he brings to his postings is but a small part of what he is like in person.

Ken
jalevinemd
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Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Paul's posts about the "stockings" are what I remember most about this place after I had just joined.

It's just not right....
edwin_van_huik
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Username: edwin_van_huik

Post Number: 63
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

Dear Bass-friends, I just heard the very sad news about Paulus(that is the name I gave him 20 years ago)from Adriaan Simons....... My heart is with Paul, his family & friends. He is my forever bass-soulmate. Edwin Van Huik.
jack
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Post Number: 181
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 8:49 am:   Edit Post

Wow, what a bummer. He's put a smile to my face many times with the image of a crazy Belgian with a stocking over his head sneaking in somewhere to steal the latest COTM.

What a funny guy, from his profile:

Age: NO!!!!!!
Sex (M/F): YES!!!!!!

He'll be missed.

-Jack
jorge_s
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

Paul is the nicest guy I've never met. His posts have always been kind and very thoughtful. Even though I am not the most prolific poster on the site I have always felt an affinity for Paul. It was his Bonnie after all that convinced me to order my first Alembic as a 5-string. One time when I had a death in the family and I considered selling my bass he wrote me a very nice note in which he referred to me as "brother". As a matter of fact he always did refer to everyone at the site as brother. So to my relative from Belgium, my prayers will always be with you. -Jorge
3rd_ray
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

I don't know Paul, but I've read some of his posts and seen some of his pictures. He seems like a great guy with a great personality. I'm sorry to hear about this.

Mike
pierreyves
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post

My heart is with you Paul
byoung
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post

Paul,

We're all pulling for you and your family. Our prayers are with you.

How could you not love a guy who coined the oft used "stockings" idea?

Bradley
funkyjazzjunky
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

I was wondering why we had not heard his wonderful wit.

My prayers are with him
nikobask
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

Love from France! dear Paul
bassfingers
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Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 4:54 pm:   Edit Post



To Paul,with love.
mario_farufyno
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post

Sad, sad news.

You all were always caring and Paul was one of the first to answer and to give suport when I first joined in. Love you all and I like to think on you as friends...

My best thoughts goes with you, Paul. We didn't had much time together and that broke my heart (but, you know, we'll ever meet again because friendship never ends!).

Love from Brazil.
richbass939
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post

Brother Paul,
I am so sorry that this is happening to you and my heart goes out to you and yours.
The only thing I can do in your honor is live life right now and show love to those with whom I interact.
Rich
rami
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post

My deepest, sincerest condolences to Paul, his family and his friends. Life is never fair and never discriminates. But it seems that the best people are always the first to leave us.
I've never had the privilege of meeting you in person Paul, but I very much enjoyed our exchanges here on the Alembic site. You always signed your name as "Brother Paul" and Called me "Brother Rami". It was an honour.
You will be dearly missed.

Your brother,
Rami
krystoof
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post

As I am new on this forum, I haven't had the chance to know Paul, but all the comments I read just let me guess how a nice and wonderful person he was. I send my condolences to his family and friends, and my best thoughts of support...
Christophe from Saint-Etienne, France
harald_rost
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Post Number: 166
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post

Terrible News.
I missed his postings and was wondering why.
He brought in so much fun to the club.
My thoughts are with him.
Harald from Bamberg, Germany

(Message edited by Harald Rost on January 27, 2009)
foth
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Post Number: 193
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 1:43 am:   Edit Post

Brother Paul, you play the computer keyboard like it's an Alembic! Who's going to take your place?!?

Peace be with you,
Paul
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 4:20 am:   Edit Post

I've just got back to the forum after a couple of days and can only say I'm devastated by this news. Paul has always been a shining light on this forum and as he's in Europe, one of the few members I've been able to hold almost real time conversations with. I've missed his contributions for some time and now I understand why he's been quiet. Reading some of Paul's posts has brought both smiles and tears. He will be sadly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

graeme
dean_m
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

There are times in our lives when someone special enters and really shines a light on our souls. No matter where we are in that part of our lives, or where we are in the world we stop and listen.... and learn! Paul is AND will always be on of those special persons.

It's been a while since I last posted here and for that I'm terribly sorry. It's been just as long since Paul and I have traded posts or talked on the phone. That is something that I will have to live with sadly!
Mica called and left me the message last night and after reading the thread and seeing the picture of Paul that Bob posted, at first I cried and then I laughed. That picture embodies what Paul was all about!!!

I, just as many of us have a million favorite Paul stories but I remember when my wife Rachel was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Paul would call from time to time to ask if I was playing my upright bass for her. When I would explain to Paul that she's not born yet, he would explain right back that even though she wasn't born, she would still be able to hear me and it would help through the pregnancy and after she was born. Well she's 5 now and every time I pick up upright, she stops and listens! He knew!!!!
We take so many things for granted in our lives. I knew at some point we would meet and he would finally get a chance to meet my family and the little girl that he helped to appreciate my bad arco playing!!! Now that time is too late. I guess this will be one of Paul's final lessons to me. I can hear his voice now..... saying "don't wait" "hug the ones you love".......

He used to refer to me as Brother Dino as well and then later as Brother Paul the Fake One. Then that morphed into "the artist formerly known as Dino" It used to confuse the heck outta anyone that was new to the board. But in Paul's graciousness, he would always explain the whole "Brother" and "Good One, Bad One and Fake One!!!! LOL!!!!!

Brother Paul, you are a gift to everyone that you've touched your life! I know you will check in here from time to time. You are loved here and will be missed.

God Speed

-Dino
bassman68
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 5:17 am:   Edit Post

Sorry haven't been around for a few weeks...
I'm speechless, My thoughts go out to Paul & his family.

Steve
gtrguy
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

What horrible news, I am so sorry. He is a great guy. One of those folks you don't actually know but consider a friend.

Dave
groovelines
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post

To me, Paul has laways been the embodiment of what a community should be. We should all be so fortunate to be so gifted and loving, to be missed so greatly and completely.

Paul, you are in my prayers.

Mike
george_wright
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

I had 35 college sophomores in class this morning. One of the topics was the power of social networking as a strategy for building a community of loyal customers. For the past several years, I have used the Alembic discussion board as the best ever example of this.

As fate would have it, I brought up http://alembic.com/club this morning.

I noticed the new topic, For Paul, immediately. Grasping the import and obviously stunned, I stammered out something about how familiar many of the names were, how this was one of them, what a shock this was.

On the way out after class, one of the students said, "Sorry about your friend."

A friend I never met and never knew beyond his posting here, but neverthless a friend.

Geo
alemberic
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Paul and his family.

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul at the Northern California Alembic gathering last March. I knew something of him from reading some of his many posts on this forum. I could not play bass due to an injury to my right hand, but I came for the fellowship, and of course brought my Orion. For some reason, Paul noticed it and asked me if he could pick it up and play it, to which I readily agreed. He and I chatted a little bit, as well. I could sense right away he was a unique, talented, and warm-hearted person.

Paul, it was my pleasure to meet you. Godspeed--

Eric
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Best wishes from Seattle to Paul and his family.

Bones
hydrargyrum
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 2:46 pm:   Edit Post

Very, very sad. I wouldn't say I knew Paul, but I certainly knew his posts. My best wishes for peace and comfort to him and his family.
kilowatt
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

Paul's humor will be greatly missed. The responses to this post show just how caring a community this is and how much Paul's input is respected. Thoughts and prayers to Paul and his family.

Pete
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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

It's amazing how life can be so great at times, and so brutally unfair at others. As sadness befalls us, let us remember Brother Paul for the wonderful musician that he is, and for the great friendship (now matter where you were in the world) that he showed to us all in the Club.
Hoisting a pint in your honour, kind sir; best wishes to you and your family.
Godspeed my friend,
Chris
basstard
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

This is shocking and tragic news... Actually, I cannot believe it. Paul's always been so full of life and humour...

I don't really know what is there to add...
jazzyvee
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 4:10 am:   Edit Post

I had the pleasure of speaking to Paul a few times a couple of years back when I was touring in Europe with Apache Indian. He was planning to come to the Afro Latin Music Festival in Belgium but something happened on the day and we never managed to meet up. He seemed a very lively cheerful person. How sad that things have happened this way.


Jazzyvee
fmm
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 6:06 am:   Edit Post

How very sad.

Go with God.
dwmark
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 7:13 am:   Edit Post

Just noticed the new category. Nothing new to add, but I share all of the sentiments and wanted his family to know the volume of our feelings.

To be known as "a friend I never met" and to be loved by people who never knew you. Paul, you have inspired me by giving me a different way to measure my life--a different goal.

Paul, his family and the Club will be in my prayers.

dw
eflat
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

Peace to you and yours brother!
flaxattack
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

life is just so fkn unfair sometimes
there will not be another one like you my alembic brother.
You were one of those people i used to read constantly when i first came to this site looking for knowledge.
may your transition to the other side be peaceful and pain free.
peace and love from Ct.
jeff flaxman
i will play black peter in your honor tonight at rehearsal.
dddavison
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

I pray for Paul and his family during this sad time.

-----Dale
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 2:12 pm:   Edit Post

Well, this pretty much sucks. Sh*t. We'll miss you, Brother Paul.

Peter
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Paul, you will be missed. Good luck on the other side.

Valentino
82daion
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:37 am:   Edit Post

I haven't checked the Club in a while, so this came as quite a shock to me. I may no longer own an Alembic, but the ties made during the time I spent here are greater than that which can be bound by a physical instrument.

Like John said, I have no words. May your remaining time be peaceful, Paul, and godspeed on the other side.

(Message edited by 82Daion on January 29, 2009)
pace
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

(((((PAUL)))))

Just a couple of days ago I was thinking about when I first joined "the club" ~ how some of those frequent forumites from back then aren't around here as often (palembic was one that crossed my mind). Thinking about the reasons why.... Life, family, and straight up playing are excellent excuses. Some of us are here only when our FTC thread is active and that's fine. Others have sold off their Alembics... But most sad is when one's health is the culprit.... How many times does a club member post pics of his/her new Alembic, only to be greeted w/ several "play it in good health"(s) from the likes of Paul & the rest of us?!?!?

My heart goes out to Paul & everyone else here.... I have only had personal exchanges with a handful of you. Even without personal correspondence, Paul is definitely one of the binding elements of this community. Any of us who have dug into the archives here have been touched by his knowledge, opinion, and sense of humor...

Paul, I'll be thinking of you when I play. May those Ebony stringers sustain you safely home.
deburgh
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

My thoughts and prayers are with Paul and his family at this horrible time. He will be sorely missed.
mario_farufyno
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

Paul, I will play tonight thinking about you and your family. Love&Peace!

Get our good vibes from Brazil!
bkbass
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 1:08 pm:   Edit Post

God's will be done.
senmen
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post

This is really a bad bad starting 2009.
Although we live very close together I only met him once, back in the days when I got my first Spyder he came over to me from Belgium to see my Spyder basses.

Oliver (spyderman)
dtrice
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

I only knew Paul through this forum, but this news gives the feeling similar to being punched right in the stomach. It is so important to enjoy every day.

-D
bob
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

Just a quick update. About two nights ago, I sent a link, along with a few notes to help make sense of some of things they would read here, to Paul's daughter and also a close friend of his. By the next morning, both had spent some time here, and sent words of thanks.

So I thought you'd like to know that family and friends truly appreciate the huge outpouring of support and compassion, and are finding it comforting. In fact, I was asked this morning if it would be okay (of course!) to forward the link and notes to a few other close personal friends of Paul. They are touched, though probably not surprised, by how big a role he played in shaping this community, and appreciate the chance to gain some insight into this part of his life. And like us, they seem to enjoy reading some of his "crazy" stories.

Also, based on what I heard at the time, I'm fairly confident Paul will understand that Bonnie is the Featured Custom. While Paul didn't covet the honor as much as some might, we all know how much Bonnie means to him, and Mica put together a beautiful and fitting tribute.

We may see a post from the family shortly, and perhaps from a friend or two, but in the meantime I thought you should know that they hear us, and it makes a difference.
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you Bob.
bassfingers
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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 6:21 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Bob.
keith_h
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Bob.
811952
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 5:23 am:   Edit Post

I sent Joost an email as well, but don't know if his address is still current..

John
hydrargyrum
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

There's something in my eye . . . Goddammit all.
dean_m
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 10:55 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Bob!!!!!
pclifton2004
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post

This is awful news. Paul was a vital part of this forum even before it moved here to this 'official' space: when it was just a humble yahoo group. My heart goes out to his family, and the outpouring of grief and condolences here is testament to the character of the man.
bracheen
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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

Bob thanks for the update.
speicky
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 5:41 am:   Edit Post

Thank you very much, Bob.

I'm in tears... although I never met Paul, he was one of my Alembic anchor men in Europe, when I joined this fantastic board back in 2005, the other being Oliver. His fun and knowledge helped and enjoyed me a lot, and made me feel being a member of a huge, global, but close family.

Thank you for being with us, Brother Paul, my heart goes out to you and your beloved.

Christian
kenbass4
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

Bob,

Thanks for the update. I hope that Paul and his family knowing that they are in our thoughts and prayers help them through this difficult time.

Ken
jeramaya
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

I haven't spent much time on here, especially lately, but coming back to the forum and finding this terrible news is incredibly disheartening. Finding all of this genuine concern is, however, quite wonderful. I'm sorry to say I don't know Paul, but I send my dearest sympathies to him and his family. Wow, it's just...I can't believe stuff like this happens sometimes. My heart goes out to Paul. -Jeramaya
pye
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post

this is very very very sad news....
my heart is with paul and his family.

and Bob thanks for the update...

willem


(Message edited by pye on February 01, 2009)
bob
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 7:22 pm:   Edit Post

Yesterday I received a long mail from Gorik, one of Paul's brothers, and he wanted me to pass along his thanks to the club:

"Thank you and all of them, the Alembic people all over the world, to share our sadness. Thank you very-very-very much. I never knew a bass guitar could have such a strong family. It really stunned me and I wept a lot reading those letters."

I can also share with you these thoughts, from one of Paul's close friends:

"Thank you very much Bob. Paul has the - rare - capacity to sense people and to get the best out of them and by reading his posts and the reactions I really recognize him. Although I had never read them before.  Of course he talked about the Alembic Club and I know it was very important to him. And I knew he was Paul The Bad One aso. It’s comforting to see how many people he has touched and to read all his crazy ideas..."

There are two more things, for now, that I'm sure you would all like to know.

Paul was told about the COTM feature. He was very tired and not in one of his talking moments at the time, but it seems to have prompted a small smile, and a bit more life in his eyes. While we can't be certain, that sounds to me like too much to be coincidence, so I believe it was in time to make a difference.

Also, though it will be quite a while before many such details are worked out, I have been assured that Bonnie will not be sold to a stranger - or any of his other instruments, for that matter. It seems Paul has not been specific about his wishes, but his family has long understood how important they are to him. They may stay in the family, or end up with friends, but one way or another I'm sure we will eventually be hearing something further from Bonnie.
bsee
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 7:49 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Bob. I'm sure everyone here appreciates that we are able to make even the smallest positive impact on Paul's remaining time, and that we can further enrich his memory with those closest to him. It's also great to hear that the importance of music in Paul's life is being honored by those he will leave behind.

-bob
rklisme
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post

Paul is a great man! My heart is heavy to hear this news.


Rory
slawie
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Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post

It is beautiful to see all of the people here raise up and hold in high esteem, the great man that is Paul.

My prayers, condolences and heart-felt deepest sympathy go out to his family and those he leaves behind.

Paul, wherever you are off to next I bid you a fond farewell.

Peace & Love

slawie
bigbadbill
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Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

I've have only just stumbled across this thread, and I can't tell you how shocked I am. Paul's sense of humour was a shining light on this forum from when I first joined. He had me in tears of laughter many, many times, and I always missed him when he didn't post, as of late; I had wondered many times recently why he didn't post so often anymore.

Unfortunately the tears I am crying as I type this are not of laughter anymore. Brother Paul, I will miss your words so much; take care and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
smokin_dave
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Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2009 - 7:36 pm:   Edit Post

Wow.I don't really know what to say.This saddens me terribly to hear such news.I'm sitting in a truck stop in Hammond LA and just popped in to check on things and.....man.My heart goes out to Paul and his family.I have the last Alembic catalog incased in plastic and I'm quite sure Paul wrote the various discriptions on the basses available within(please correct me if I'm wrong on this).When I get home,I will pull out the catalog and read it again from cover to cover.And "Bonnie" was alway's one of my favorite Alembic basses to look at.Just a fantastic looking bass.As I go to pick up my load in Baton Rouge tomorrow and drive it to Laredo,there will be much sadness in my heart for Paul.You will truly be missed.
S.Dave
danny_bryant
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Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

I often dont get a chance to post anymore on the thread due to my schedule but I have talked to Paul on ocassion. He always had the ability to make us smile and shed light on anything we had to say on this board.
mario_farufyno
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Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 6:52 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Bob, knowing that made me feel better, too...
bassman10096
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Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

The COTM is so, so fitting. Thank you Mica. I don't know of anyone here who so vividly expressed his appreciation for his instrument. Just another of the things that make Paul exceptional. Thanks, Bob, for sharing all of our thoughts with Paul's family and for helping us feel a bit more connected.
Bill
j_gary
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Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post

Peace brother Paul, Peace.
wayne
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Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

May we all play with a little more Passion - a little more Joy.

May we all LIVE with a little more Passion - a little more Joy.

For Paul(TBO).


God Bless.

C-Ya......wayne
paulman
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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 6:40 am:   Edit Post

Whew, just shocking! A reminder of how we all need to stick together, and let each other know we care. I never say goodbye, I say "Take care man".

Paul, take care man. Hold the Alembic tight, and go with the spirit.
bob
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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post

It's over. Around 9 pm Tuesday, local time, Paul simply stopped breathing.

His wife Chris, brother Gorik, and a few other relatives were with him. Incredibly, Paul's father had passed away in the morning, though at least that was not nearly as sudden or unexpected.

I seem to have run out of words, but there will never be a shortage of wonderful memories.
basstard
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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 11:56 pm:   Edit Post

Until the very end, I was hoping for a miracle. But miracles don't happen...

Goodbye Brother Paul. We will all miss you...
jacko
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the news Bob, as heartbreaking as it is. Like Jarek, I was also hoping for a miracle but at least Paul's suffering has ended. My heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family. We never met but paul was like a best mate whenever he was on this forum and i now feel a huge void where he once was. A sad loss to us all.

Graeme
jaybass
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 1:22 am:   Edit Post

My condolences to the family and friends of Paul.
Great man, great humor, great bassplayer.
Joeri
pierreyves
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 1:24 am:   Edit Post

Goodbye Paul, I'm sad even I don't know you.
bsee
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 1:27 am:   Edit Post

My deepest condolences to all who feel pain at the loss of our friend Paul. I was very sad to hear the news of Paul's illness. Sad for him, sad for his family, and sad for all of us here. With the news that he has passed, I hope we can now be at peace as Paul is.

Miracles do happen every day. Paul's passing is very sad and just so senseless, but we have to do all we can to maintain hope and a positive outlook.

-bob
smuprof
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 1:46 am:   Edit Post

I never knew Paul, but by the posts here the world has lost one of "the best ones" at an unfortunate time and in an unfortunate way.

Paul, you've left a legacy in friendships and community that is far too rare today. Thank you for lifting us all.

My condolences to his family and friends.

John
edwin_van_huik
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 2:17 am:   Edit Post

My friend Paulus is in Bass Heaven.

Edwin Van Huik.
grateful
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 2:36 am:   Edit Post

Good bye brother Paul. My deepest sympathy to Paul's family.

Mark
speicky
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 2:51 am:   Edit Post

I'm crying... thank you, Paul, for the peaceful and joyful spririt that you spread around here.

We'll meet someday, if I can make it into Bass Heaven also.

My deepest prayers and condolences to the family and friends.

Christian
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:01 am:   Edit Post

Our very humanity interconnects all of us. For me, Paul’s life has been a gift of illumination, shining a light on our common humanity, on who we are as a people, one family, all brothers and sisters sharing this earth together. Thank you Paul for being a part of my life.
bracheen
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 5:31 am:   Edit Post

Bob thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping us updated. It had to be a hard task for you but much appreciated. Like everyone else here I'll keep my memories of Paul. His personality was as infectious as it was unique. And he was a helluva bass player. He sent my wife and I a couple of CDs about a year ago. I'll treasure them even more now.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Sam
olieoliver
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:04 am:   Edit Post

My prayers go out to Pauls family in their, and our, time of sadness.
I'll miss Pauls humor and constant positive outlook to everything. I had been reading back over some of his post and he never had a negative word for anyone or any topic. What an awesome man.

God Bless you Paul,
OO
5stringho
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:05 am:   Edit Post

Rest in Peace, Brother. We all enjoyed your insights and sense of humor, and you will surely be missed. Definitely " The Best One".....

Heartfelt Condolences to your Family.

Mike.....
mdrdvp
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:38 am:   Edit Post

Rest in peace Paul, I just don't have words for this.

My condolences to the family

Manfred
dwmark
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post

My coping mechanism was to read at least one of his "best" posts each day. I agree that we all had a chance to meet a special human being.

Will pick up the bass this evening for no reason other than to connect with Paul. I have a feeling he'll be hearing from a lot of us.

dw
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:55 am:   Edit Post

Rest in Peace Brother Paul! Your music, memory and wonderful life will live on forever in my heart!
My condolences to the Lindeman family.
Bob... thank you so much for doing a such a wonderful (and tough) job of keeping us informed. I can only imagine how hard this must have been for you.
artswork99
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 7:34 am:   Edit Post

Sincere condolences to the Lindemans and Paul's extended family. Paul will remain in the hearts of many here at this wonderful club. I mourn the loss of a special soul known to me only through his writings. Bob, thank you for all you have communicated through this difficult time. Sincerely, Art

(Message edited by artswork99 on February 04, 2009)
jet_powers
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 7:54 am:   Edit Post

Indeed, too sad for words....

Condolences to all whose lives he touched.

-JP
keith_h
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

My condolences go out to his family and friends. I will miss his upbeat humor and posts.

Keith
bassfingers
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

As hydrargyrum said,"there's something in my eye".It says much of Paul's personality,his humour and his spirit that a guy in England who never even met him is sat here barely able to see the monitor right now.I know I won't be the only one moved to tears by this.

To Paul's family and loved ones I send my deepest condolences.I don't know what else to say.

Simon x

(Message edited by bassfingers on February 04, 2009)
811952
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 8:23 am:   Edit Post

Paul's suffering is over. From that I can take some comfort. I will keep him in my heart.

Be well, everyone.

John
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

Paul left a radiating footprint during his all too brief time on this planet. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. I will long miss his tales of Bonnie, Broomstick, banging bottles, and stockings. May the four winds blow you safely home, my brother.

Bill, tgo
fc_spoiler
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post

Paul, now you've done it... You've got this Metalhead in tears :-(

Also my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Seen the impact Paul had on this community, I can't even start to imagine how hard this loss must be for you.

Paul will never be forgottten and will always be part of this community.

Take care,
Flip
lmiwa
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 2:16 pm:   Edit Post

My condolences to Paul's family and friends. Our prayers will be with you.

Even though we may be far away geographically, Paul's Alembic family still feels the pain of losing someone close.

God bless,
Loch
3rd_ray
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:07 pm:   Edit Post

Rest in Peace, Brother Paul

Mike
richbass939
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:15 pm:   Edit Post

Paul, may you rest in peace. To your family, my sincere condolences.
Rich
dadabass2001
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post

Paul was and is a touchstone of peace and understanding. I too will miss him. My condolences to his family and those who knew him intimately.
Mike
kilowatt
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

My condolences to Paul's family and friends. Rest in peace, Bass Brother!

Pete
bob
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

The company Paul worked at has put up a dedication here.

In addition to Flemish, there are choices near the top right for French and English. There is also a bio in the "Team" section.
bassfingers
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:36 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful words.

"The biggest tribute we can give him is to regularly turn back the pages in the cookbook of Paul's life and use it to deliver better results and to live life positively."

Amen.
groovelines
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

God bless you, Paul. I pray that'll we'll meet on the other side.

Mike
pauldo
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

I never knew him, has been said alot - but I think somehow we all know him. It is poetic that his father passed just before him.

His impact here at a simple old website is dramatic! He truely is the Legacy that which we call Palembic - his name shall be spoken with reverence and glasses shall be raised with joy in rememberance.

May he hold his father's hand and begin his new journey with the knowledge of the difference he made here.
lidon2001
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for keeping us updated Bob and Edwin.

I think I hear a bottle banging already...

T
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 5:27 pm:   Edit Post

If there is any justice in the universe, Paul is now where the beer bottles are never empty and none of the headstocks are cones. Goodbye, Brother Paul.

Peter
jalevinemd
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 6:15 pm:   Edit Post

It must be part of some twisted cosmic plan that the best and brightest leave us so soon. To feel a sense of loss for someone whom you knew only through responses to posts on an online forum speaks to how truly special a person Paul really was. My inner thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
rraymond
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post

Rest in peace, Paul. And, if the place you are in, there are bass guitars with filters, may you grow a third wing to accomodate their use.

Reid

(Message edited by rraymond on February 04, 2009)
tom_z
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Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 9:37 pm:   Edit Post

We are richer having known you - Peace, Brother Paul.
edwin_van_huik
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post

Paulus happy in his own garden. April 28th 2007. Paulus in his garden.
thebass
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 4:04 am:   Edit Post

I was just wondering why Pauls Bonnie became the featured bass of the month. I am now shocked to know the reason why. My only consolation is that I am sure heaven's best blues band has a new bassist now. I will never forget his spirit.
bigyouth
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 4:12 am:   Edit Post

Sorry ,i speak french!
Toute mes condoléançe a la famille,
nous somme tres triste
kmh364
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Very sad news indeed. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed. Godspeed, Paul!
hankster
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

I am very sorry for the loss of Paul, and my thoughts are with his family.
slawie
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 5:52 pm:   Edit Post

To Pauls family and friends;

Although it is impossible to see beyond your pain,
May we look back to good memories to comfort and help you today
May your heart and soul find peace and happiness.
May the blessings of God be upon you,
May peace be always within your soul,
May its essence illuminate your heart,
Now and forever more
Hold tight the good

slawie
bassman10096
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

I am am saddened for Paul's family and for all of us who'll miss him. I wish he were here to spin a comment or a joke. I'm not sure what he'd say (Who ever was?), but I feel fortunate to remember his presence so clearly.
Bill
hifiguy
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Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

So terribly, terribly sad. The awfulness of the randomness of the universe....

I read many, many of his posts since i signed up here and he was always such a beacon of fun, joy, and the love of music and all things Alembic. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.

On the death of Irving Thalberg, Groucho Marx was quoted as saying, "Why is it that the good die young and the schmucks live to be 100?"

Godspeed, Brother Palembic. Say hi to Jaco, the Ox, and James on the other side.
white_cloud
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 2:23 am:   Edit Post

My heartfelt sorrow and sincere thoughts towards Pauls family at this devastating time of loss.

Can there be anything worse for a partner to lose a soulmate or for a child to lose a parent who has guided them through every stage of life?

We are all simply leaves that flourish in spring then fade with age and the onset of fall - the winds of time carry us away and we become a memory in time.

Love never dies.

John.
georgie_boy
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 2:34 am:   Edit Post

I could not have expressed my thoughts better than White Cloud!
cinquantanarian
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 2:54 am:   Edit Post

To all you here : a Warm Musical Friendship from the Belgium to all Paul's Alembic Friends. Never seen such enormous sympathize .... take care you all and : CARPE DIEM !!!!
cinquantanarian
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 2:57 am:   Edit Post

here we are like two Brothers ....Paul and David in France
adriaan
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 3:28 am:   Edit Post

I noticed the name in the shop window, so I couldn't resist checking the location. Isn't it wonderfully weird that this should be a picture from Epinal ...

From Wikipedia: "The expression image d'Épinal has become proverbial in French and refers to an emphatically traditionalist and naïve depiction of something, showing only its good aspects."

Paul leaves us with only good things to remember.
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 7:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi David; thank you for sharing the picture of you with Paul. It's very nice to meet you. And it's a really nice picture of the two of you.
jakebass
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

I've only just come across this thread, while I did not have personal contact with Paul his wit, charm and personal beauty were evident in his (always enjoyable and interesting) posts. I will sadly miss his spirit here and my deepest feelings are with his family.
Jake
marco555
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

I did not know Paul, but he has touched so many. Rest in Peace, and blessings to the family.
Marc
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I did not know Paul, but he has touched so many. Rest in Peace, and blessings to the family.
Marc
bassfingers
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Post Number: 180
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

I have a gig tonight where I shall make my debut as vocalist,singing the Ramones version of 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong.We're dedicating the gig to Paul and that song especially.

Paul,if you can hear it,and if my rookie singing sucks,just bang that bottle real hard brother!.

(Message edited by bassfingers on February 06, 2009)
811952
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post

David, thanks for that great picture!

John
bigbadbill
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Posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been expressed. I feel a mixture of terrible sadness at Paul's passing mixed with gratitude that his suffering is over. There is a strange echo in the fact that my Alembic leaves me tomorrow, so closely following the passing of a never met but fondly remembered friend.

As I said before, I will miss you Brother Paul. Of all the people on all the forums I've been on, you were undoubtedly the most fun. Take care wherever you are, and I hope to share a beer with you some peaceful day.
crobbins
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Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post

Rest In Peace.:-(
harald_rost
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Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

Rest In Peace, Brother Paul.
Your postings will be missed.
peter_droeshout
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 2:18 am:   Edit Post

For people who live in Belgium: the funeral service will be with the family alone.

But
there will be a special service on Saturday 14 feb. at 18.00h in Herent,near Leuven. Place:'Den ouden tijd'. As I have heard, several musicians will be playing... to honor Paul. It will be a warm goodbye.
I'll keep you informed.
bracheen
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the information Peter. At 12:00 EST I'll raise a glass and join everyone there in my thoughts with a salute to Paul.

Sam
811952
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 8:45 am:   Edit Post

I too will raise a glass in honor of Paul.

John
bstark110
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

To me, Paul was the "Alembic Super User" and had one hell of a collection of basses. I bet he knew how to ply them too!

I too will miss his upbest and informative posts on this bulletin board.

RIP Palembic

Bob Stark
angelboy
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Post Number: 104
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

What a real shame.

Paul TBO was one of the first people I remember when I joined this forum. He gave me the name Paul The AAAAARGH one.

Life is short!
essenceman
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

For various reasons I've not been checking in on the club for some time and, like others, I recognised, and was a bit surprised to see, Bonnie as the featured custom. I explored a bit further and was saddened to read of the horrible illness and death of the wonderful character that was Paul.

I don't want to repeat what others have said before me, but oh, how his fun and warmth will be missed. Few of us actually knew him personally, but all of us feel we have lost a personal friend.

Sleep well, my friend.

Rob
davehouck
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

I have posted some new pictures sent to me from Yoeri Fransens in the Pictures of Paul section. I asked Yoeri if I could share his note with you, and he agreed. Following is his note.
____________________

Hello Dave,

My name is Yoeri Fransens and I am a guitarplayer who had the honour to be in a band with Paul for several year. I hadn´t been in contact with Paul for a while so the news of his passing earlier this week came as a total shock. I still can´t believe that he has left this planet for that great gig in the sky.

The 1st time I met Paul, when we just formed the band Drive, he struck me as an extremely gentle and kind person. Although he was a lot older then me, I immediately found an enormous friendship with him. We 'clicked', not just musically but also on a personal level. He had some things in his personality that I find of the most importance. I never have known him to be mad at anyone, he always tried (and succeeded) to see the good in anybody and any situation. His often philosophical ramblings would be spot on.

I always regarded Paul as a special person, one of the few people who are able to make their way thru live on their own terms, not hung up on what others would think about them. A kind of person that is very rare in this day and age but Paul was definitely one of them. So in some way, it is rather fitting that Paul would leave us due to an illness that only strikes 1 in a million people, a rare disease for that rare type of person.

I also want to thank you and the Alembic-forum for the kind words that have been said and for the 'in memoriam' that is ongoing. I saw that some wonderfull pictures have been posted. I uploaded some pictures I have stored from when we were playing with Drive. Feel free to post any of them on the forum.

Kind regards,

Yoeri Fransens
Hever, Belgium
bassfingers
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks,Dave for posting this.

Yoeri,along with Paul's family,our thoughts are with you also.

Simon.
icecreamman
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Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 10:19 pm:   Edit Post

I met Paul last year at the Bay Area Alembic gathering and remember him being one of the first folks to bubble right up to my wife and I to introduce himself when we arrived. What a great guy.. he was so psyched to be at his first US Alembic gathering (as we were!). It was great to spend some time chatting with him and talking shop.

I just found this thread this evening and am really bummed to see how fast this all has all happened.

Despite this really depressing news, it is great to see how a great person can have such a vast impact on folks that they may or may not have met. I salute!

(Message edited by IceCreamMan on February 08, 2009)
terryc
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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 - 3:08 am:   Edit Post

Been off the forum as I was busy...very sad news and all my condolences to Paul and his family.

RIP Mr Bassman Paul TBO
pontypridd
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 8:27 am:   Edit Post

Very tragic news indeed. Our loss is Heavens gain, there must be a hell of a rhythm section up there. peace and love to the family.
mattheus
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 1:31 pm:   Edit Post

Goodbye Paul, we'll miss you. But one day we'll meet again.
sjhoffma
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Fare thee well, fare the well, I love you more than words can tell...

Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul...
palmann
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:02 pm:   Edit Post

My condolences.

Pablo
gare
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

Having not been the forum in awhile I just saw this thread..how sad.
I always enjoyed Pauls humor and points of view.
Now that first fret F he use to chase around will just fall in place.
Condolences to the family and all who knew him.

Gary
haddimudd
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 2:08 pm:   Edit Post

Same as Gary, I haven't been to the forum since a while until now and am in shock over this devastating news. I never met Paul in person but he was like family member to forum, like so many. Paul, you will always be!

Hartmut
lothartu
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Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 5:24 am:   Edit Post

Also same as Gary and Harmut. It's been a while since I had been by the forum. I saw that Bonnie was cotm which struck me as odd but Bonnie has always been special so I thought maybe Alembic was revisiting some of the best of the best; now I know.

I never had the chance to meet or speak with Paul but over the years that I've spent reading these forums I always stopped to read any post by Paul that was in a thread I was reading. I knew whenever I saw a response from Paul that it would always be some combination of being insightful helpful and funny. I think almost all of the Alembic threads that I have bookmarked for reference are bookmarked because of Paul's contribution.

You will be missed more than you know.
- Jim
edwin
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Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

Maybe I can be a bad one someday, like Paul1

RIP, words cannot express.....


Edwin
edwin_van_huik
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Last saturday I touched Paulus' soul by putting my hand on his white urn. I did that in the name of every Alembic-player and all music-friends. Together with a few hundred people in Belgium we had a Very Warm Last Paulus Party.
We will meet again Paulus! Bass regards,
Edwin Van Huik.
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for sharing that and keeping us all in mind Edwin. Friday night was my first gig since Paul's passing and he was in my thoughts the whole time.

Graeme
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Edwin!
lbpesq
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Ditto.

Bill, tgo
bob
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

From Katrien, Paul's eldest daughter:

Dear fellow brothers of Paul,
 
On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank you all for your warm words on the Alembic forum. Thanks to Bob, we got the link to the “For Paul’ file quite fast and forwarded it to family and friends. And in all silence, we read your posts to find some comfort during these difficult times.
 
To thank you, we included you all in the list of people announcing his death (see attachment).
 
My father has been cremated last Friday and his ashes will be spread out on several places, the places he asked to go to when he heard he only had a couple of weeks to live: Cheilly-les-Maranges in France, Wissant in France, Port de la Selva in Spain, San Francisco Bay, The North Sea and our back yard. Last Saturday we held a farewell party with around 400 family members and friends. There was beer, wine, good food and live music. The perfect night to remember him.
 
Your words on the Alembic forum will remain for all of us a place in cyberspace where we can go to remember our father, partner, brother, friend forever… whenever we need him or just want to be close to him.
 
Thank you all,
 
Katrien Lindemans


Hopefully, the announcement is attached. Even those of you who don't read Flemish should have no trouble spotting "The Alembic Forum" in the "friends" section on the right side.
application/pdfannouncement
doodsbrief_Pa(web).pdf (66.1 k)
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:44 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you, Katrien, for your beautiful note. Your words are, for me, deeply moving. Thank you.
cinquantanarian
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post

a last "hello" to you all from Paul TBO .....
He will be soon close to his Alembic Friends forever !

David
application/pdfPaul's Urn
Pauls Urn.pdf (102.9 k)
bassfingers
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Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Katrien,for taking the time and trouble to post this.

The Alembic Forum is an amazing thing to be part of.A gathering of friends and enthusiasts from around the world brought here,initially,by a common interest.

Paul was one of the members here that made the forum breathe.We all love to talk basses and guitars but so often it was Paul who would take us on hilarious de-tours touching on all areas of life.Sometimes profound,sometimes crazy,but always fun.His memory and his spirit will never leave the forum,and I know we'll continue to refer to him with a great deal of affection,such was his popularity.

Best Wishes,

Simon.
bassfingers
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post

Thank you also David.
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

Thank you David.
artswork99
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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you for sharing such deep sentiment for us that did not know Paul personally to further be in touch with the spirit he was.
Sincerely,
Art
dwmark
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Post Number: 227
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Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

I've got that thing-in-my-eye thing that we've all been getting lately. Don't know whether it's happy or sad. Think it's both.

Bless all.

dw
georgie_boy
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Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 657
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 5:33 am:   Edit Post

Strange??
I seem to have it too!?

G
chrisalembic
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 7:24 am:   Edit Post

I remember coming to this board, when I was a teenager, and just reading all these posts, and looking at all the nice pictures,..I never signed up and chatted but I was always dreaming of an alembic, but back then didnt have the money.. about a year ago I got my first Alembic, a truely beautiful instrument.. I love it, but for the moment I might let her go.. anyway.. i remember coming to this board, and reading all these posts, and also Pauls post.. I learned a lot from this man, despite age difference, and the fact that we never met, or even chatted on this forum.. still I always felt sort of a connection to this club and also Paul.. you have also touched my life, even if you never knew this. God bless.
elzie
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Username: elzie

Post Number: 404
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

This is truly sad news. I haven't posted here in a few months so I didn't see this until now. You know, I got an e-mail from Paul back in December and it didn't make any sense. Now I know why.

I haven't spoken with him recently, but it wasn't long ago when we talked on the phone a few times every month and he would always ask me how "senior management" was doing. I still remember how we started the whole Paul TGO, Paul TBO and Paul TFO joke.

I will keep him in my prayers. And I will do what he would want me to do, have a beer and pour some for everyone.


Paul TGO
peoplechipper
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:18 am:   Edit Post

I'm a new member but I've been browsing here for awhile...i wish I'd joined earlier just to verbally spar with Paul; we could have had great fun, as his sense of humour was great enough to cross continents,time zones,languages...perhaps NASA should have put him on a deep-space probe to look for intelligent humour...I never even got a chance to e-mail spar with him, but so wish I had...I hope someone else becomes forum jester, I'm way too new for the job...Tony.
bsee
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Post Number: 2221
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:53 pm:   Edit Post

It took a while to come here and post again, but I have to admit that Danno's announcement of his new ten string plan had me missing Paul. There's no way a bass description like that would have gone by without a call to the stockings.

-bob
beatlejuice
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Username: beatlejuice

Post Number: 17
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:06 pm:   Edit Post

I have been MIA from this board for a long time. It was sad to return to such terrible news. Although I never met Paul, I remember having conversations with him. My thought and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. Bill Payne
stoney
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Username: stoney

Post Number: 461
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 3:54 am:   Edit Post

I too have been off of this site for a while and am devistated by this news. Paul and I conversed a lot through email although not in the past 6 months. He bought an Alembic strap from me a while back. I'll really miss his witty posts. My most sincere condolances to his family and friends.
Stoney Johnstone
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7704
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 1:02 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Paul. One of our fellow members is selling his Alembic, but says he hopes to own another some day. And I thought that this is where Paul will jump in and say "there will always be another". I miss you. Thank you again for touching my life.
alembic76407
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Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 601
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Dave, there will always be another !!!!

not the same coming from me is it

I think about Paul EVERYDAY!!!
and it still gets to me

Sir David
bassfingers
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Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 207
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

That mantra was something Paul said to me in a thread where I was bemoaning the sale of my 20th Anniversary bass.I still live in hope that there will be another.If I ever manage to find (or pay for) another,it'll be named Paul in his honour.
pauldo
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Post Number: 102
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 4:31 pm:   Edit Post

There is alot to be said about Paul's impact here.
I knew very little of him, but the obvious ripples of his being are still spreading out.... so much so that 'we' are working on a Chicago Alembic Gathering and I feel that I must attend because, well, because it's the right thing to do.
And the opportunity to meet people, good hearted people is one that should never be passed.
lbpesq
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Post Number: 3597
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 4:47 pm:   Edit Post

I have always subscribed to Paul's mantra of "There will always be another". Unfortunately, Paul himself was the exception that proves the rule. There will never be another Paul, tbo. He was truly one of a kind.

Bill, tgo
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1627
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

This thread still makes me cry.
edwin_van_huik
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Post Number: 69
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:10 am:   Edit Post

Thank you/dank je wel Katrien.
Love/Liefs,
Edwin Van Huik.
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 480
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Accidental double post.

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on March 18, 2009)
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 481
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

You're not alone John. I try to avoid this thread usually. I only knew Paul from this forum, but I can clearly see that he left a mark of kindness upon this group. I hope someday something equally kind can be said for myself.
peoplechipper
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Post Number: 25
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post

Some create great things, some create great music and some just make themselves and the world about them burn brighter; Paul seems to have been one of the latter, and that is a greatness we all can be thankful for and hope to achieve...
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 664
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post

Your not alone John...
Love to you Paul from this crazy planet.
bob
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Username: bob

Post Number: 852
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:44 pm:   Edit Post

Monday was Paul's birthday, and Katrien (his eldest daughter) and I got together to celebrate. I think I'll let her tell you about it, in her own words and photos.


Dear all,

June 15 was Paul's birthday. I celebrated it together with Bob by throwing the small amount of ashes that I took with me to Stanford in the San Francisco Bay.

Well, it was not exactly throwing... the part of the Bay behind Bob's house is quite peculiar:


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We had to find a way to get the ashes in the bay. Therefore, Bob and I first did a little prospection to check the tide and the amount of mud we had to conquer. It was a warm California afternoon.... that clearly inspired us to find the perfect way to do this:

A little boat!!!!!!


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So Katrien rolled up her pants and got out there in the mud:

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We put the little boat in a side “puddle” of the bay and the little sail immediately caught the wind... For a minute or five the boat just made funny circles on the water trying to get around the sticks to find its way to the bay... It was an amusing but also peaceful thing to watch...

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And then suddenly, too soon and completely unexpected, the boat just sunk... it took less than a second:

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... when the tide goes away, it will take a part of the ashes with it, to the rest of the bay and maybe even into the Pacific...

It was good, and warm and not sad at all. Bob and I went inside to finish the risotto and clean the shrimps... we had good wine and talked about Paul, and life...

Katrien


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The little boat was half of a walnut shell, a toothpick, and post-it note. We hadn't planned this, it was just improvised, but Paul and his brothers were always building little boats as children, so we thought he would enjoy it.

In addition to this final trip on the Bay, he has quite an itinerary ahead. "Little bits" (as Katrien puts it) will also end up in:

- Port de la Selva, Spain (one of his favorite places)
- Cheilly-les-Maranges, France (if I remember well, some friends have a vineyard here that the family often visits)
- Nord (North) Sea, somewhere off Belgium (via another sailing friend)

The "big part" will eventually go to Meerdael Wood in Oud-Heverlee near Leuven, Belgium. This forest is quite close to the family home, and Katrien described a beautiful path, lined with tall trees on either side, where the family took many walks together, especially around family celebrations. (It seems there is both a Forest and a Wood, so this may not be it, but it's probably pretty close.)

One other note: they have decided that Bonnie, and the rest of Paul's musical gear, will remain in the family home, indefinitely; his son Joost has been playing them quite regularly.

As Katrien said, it was not sad at all. The two of us had a truly wonderful time, celebrating Paul's life and his birthday, and it seemed right to share that with you as best we could.

-Bob
jet_powers
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Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 455
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you.
groovelines
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Post Number: 563
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Bob,

It's peculiar how an event can make you feel something and yet not be able to express yourself beyond "thank you" to yourself and Katrien for sharing this with us.

Mike
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1177
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:49 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you for sharing this reflection with us, Katrien and Bob.

(Message edited by dadabass2001 on June 18, 2009)
enzo
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 69
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post

Touching ! Thanks for sharing this.
I never had the chance to meet nor chat with Paul ( I'm kind of new here ) but reading his old posts he really sounded a great guy.
Peace.
basstard
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Username: basstard

Post Number: 278
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you so much for sharing that with us... Those seemed to be really magical moments and by reading the story and looking at the pictures, I could almost feel like being there...

Thank you once again.
lmiwa
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Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 200
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for allowing us to share in this celebration!

Loch
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8198
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Bob and Katrien! The story and pictures were beautiful! Thank you for including us! And ... thank you Paul!! You have filled my heart in bringing us together in this way.
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1705
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 4:03 pm:   Edit Post

Wonderful. Thank you. The photos are perfect.

John
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 693
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 5:04 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you for shring these moments with all of us. Very touching.

Art
57basstra
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1009
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful
dwmark
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 242
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Been away for a few days, so just saw this.

Very uplifting, the way all (including Paul's family) are sharing their feelings--and the way Paul reached out to us. Hope I can even begin to pay back the universe for the good karma I'm getting.

dw
the_mule
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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 718
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, July 06, 2009 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

Been away for a while, and just saw this. I'm feeling shocked and sad, and Paul will surely be missed around here, let alone by his family and friends. Very touched about the tribute, quite rightly so, offered by Alembic and his fellow Alembicians. Better late than never I just wanted to add my personal condolances to this very moving thread. R.I.P. Paul.

Wilfred
wibbersengland
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Username: wibbersengland

Post Number: 18
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

the bass community is an amazing thing. alembics couple incredible beauty in 3 senses - music - visual perfection (aesthetically) & sonic perfection (thank you Ron!).. but there is a 4th dimension - people - this post made me cry with sadness, reverence... and joy. May Paul rest in peace. May we find peace in God. What a great community alembicians are. sincerely, Mark
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 523
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 3:12 pm:   Edit Post

woow... I agree... sadly this day, I understand the community of alembician people... never forget the 5th element (or dimension): "THE LOVE"
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 37
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

This is the best proof on how you can miss someone you've never met. This all goes beyond touching., and I know Paul is smiling whenever Bonnie sounds, as I'm sure he has always done.

Thank to the entire Alembic community, for reminding us, in every way, the HUGE difference between a machine-driven, serial world, and a world where people do care, in every way. I feel proud of being part of this entire concept that being an Alembician involves!.
cinquantanarian
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post

To all Alembiccers : Commemoriation to Our Friend Paul Lindemans who nearly past away some five years ago ...
I still miss him !
I work out a Homage or Tribute to him the next days and will appreiciate if I can share with this Group.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3080
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Amai, is it five years already?
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1944
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 2:36 pm:   Edit Post

David, please share your tribute with the group. I believe that many here think of Paul often. Warm regards, Art
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3483
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 4:28 am:   Edit Post

Every day art.

Graeme
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 2356
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post

Hard to believe it's been five years. Paul left a really good mark on this place.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 8111
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm:   Edit Post

Indeed he did.
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 583
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:37 pm:   Edit Post

Bang a glass.

I find it hard to believe its been five years

Wherever your spirit is Paul a part of it is always here
mattheus
Intermediate Member
Username: mattheus

Post Number: 162
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:16 am:   Edit Post

Cheers to you Paul!!! Wherever you are..
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 306
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 8:55 am:   Edit Post

Cheers from Venezuela as well!! I will, now that it is lunchtime, toast in Paul´s memory with a Tovar beer, brewed in a small town called the Tovar Colony, which is a historic establishment of a small group of villagers of German descent who arrived to these Caribbean lands almost two centuries ago, and established in a small, cold mountain place (which, curiously, has Choroni, one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches at the other side of the mountain), and stuck with most of the customs they brought with them from their past. Nowadays, the "Colonia Tovar" is a beautiful touristic place, and some of the customs still remains, such as crafts, pastry making and artisan beer brewing. I´m sure he would like it. Cheers to Paul, wherever he is!
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1705
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

Here's to you, Paul! I still hear your comments bouncing around every thread here, with that wonderful smile!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11286
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

My heart is warmed; Paul continues to spread joy and warm feelings. Thank you Paul.

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