Late rocker “was in a
really good place” in recent past.
By Blurt Staff
We want to thank everyone who got in
touch from around the world. It’s nice to know there are so many people who’s
lives where touched by Jay. We are all getting through this together. Jay’s
family has decided there will be no funeral or memorial service at this time.
They are talking about some sort of memorial concert at a later date. We’ll let
you know once they have firm plans.
Also, the official Jay Bennett mailing list has sent out a important
communiqué to subscribers in which some clarifications about Bennett’s recent
circumstances prior to his death. It’s worth printing in full below.
Our good friend Jay Walter Bennett left us this weekend. As news hits the
wires so instantaneously these days, we thought it was important to share some
thoughts about our friend and brother before any rumors got out of hand.
First, let it be known that Jay was in
a really good place these past few years. He had returned to the area he
loved–the “Twin Cities,” Champaign-Urbana–and resurrected his studio,
Pieholden Suite Sound, with the assistance of many dear friends and allies. Jay
had been busy making music. He recently had released an intimate record entitled
“Whatever Happened I Apologize,” and he was
looking forward to wrapping up his new work, “Kicking at the Perfumed Air.”
Proud of finishing a trilogy of records, including “Bigger Than Blue,” “The
Beloved Enemy,” and “The Magnificent Defeat,” Jay
loved the balanced yet ironic album titles. He was also looking forward to
engineering and releasing Titanic Love Affair’s
previously unreleased record, as well as starting work on “The Palace at 4 a.m.
Part II,” the follow-up to his post-Wilco debut with Edward
Burch. “Jay the Academic” had also reemerged, pursuing his umpteenth
degree at the University of Illinois,
and he was thrilled to be t aking graduate classes again.
As many of you may be aware, Jay had finally found the courage to put his Wilco issues out into the public forum. After a long,
four-year process (and therefore very much unrelated to his impending hip
surgery), formal filings against Wilco were finally initiated. This task was
very emotional for Jay. He was a “lover,” and this confrontation was not easy
for him. With the exception of his final period in Wilco, Jay looked back on
his time in the band with great fondness and pride. While he was dismayed that
some people may have formed a narrow perception of him via the “documentary,”
all who truly knew him understood that with most entertainment media, editing
is usually constructed for dramatic effect and presents only a small part of a
larger, more complex reality.
So, please spend some time this week engaging in Jay’s favorite passions: listen
to a Nick Lowe album, watch some Mythbusters on Discovery, play Warren
Zevon’s “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,”
rent Pay It Forward (one of his favorite movies),
write a song with the TV on and the sound off, and focus on how Jay always
concluded his communications: “Love, Jay.”
Meanwhile, BLURT blogger Kate Bradley has some heartfelt comments about