Friday, November 05, 2010

Happy birthday, Jimmie

Happy 61st birthday, Jimmie. Jimmie Spheeris: 5 November 1949 - 4 July 1984.

8 comments:

Meismo said...

I have carried the longing to hear and attain clear recordings of Spheeris for some 20 years. Today that longing is bursting out of my chest but only my mind hears, what my ears long to hear again.

Tam G said...

Everyone's life has a soundtrack. We should never lose the music that mattered so much and that was loved by so many of us in the sweetness of the youth we shared.

I've been searching to replace my old vinyl with CDs, and I have only learned recently of Jimmie's death. The news has haunted me for weeks.

The love that has gone into creating and maintaining this site has moved me deeply. And so in return I will share a memory of seeing Jimmie in Kansas City.

I'm not entirely certain how many times I saw him there(the 70's was that kind of decade--memory gaps and all.) My friend Chris and I adored his music and tried to go any time he was in the area.

I remember sitting in some nosebleed balcony seats with Chris, his arm around me. Jimmie sang a painfully haunting version of "On Broadway," and I remember thinking that nobody else would ever again do that song justice.

It was a magical moment; in the dark, snuggling with someone I loved, and hearing this gentle, sad voice singing of lost dreams. There seemed to be just the 3 of us in the world: Jimmie, Chris and me.

I can still hear it if I think hard enough.

I don't know what year that was. What I do know is that Chris was later killed by a home intruder, and now I know that Jimmie is dead as well. In an odd way, it feels as though I'm one person of three who is left to bear witness of a time and place that mattered very, very much.

There is a transcendent purity in those memories that has never faded. I never knew Jimmie, but his music and my memories of Chris are bound together for as long as I live.

Divaqueen said...

Hello,

I didn't know Jimmy passed away until 2006. A friend of mine told me at a high school reunion. I heard I am the Mercury back in
1970 and was so moved. The album had to be placed as a special order. One rainy night in Oct.76 I heard he was playing at the Shaboo inn in Willamatic,CT. Me and my two best friends jumped in the car drove and hour to get there. It was one of the most memorable concerts of my life. I realized years later that concert was recorded. I was there!!!! I was only 19. His death and Johnny's have saddened me in the last few days. I have downloaded every song. What a remarkable talent. A wonderful musician, singer and writer. He was in a musical class all my himself. His music touched my soul and his voice melted my heart!! I miss him so very much!
Divaqueen

eskrigian said...

I'd like to obtain the rights to one of Jimmie's songs for a short film I've recently shot - soon to be a feature. Any suggestions?

stash said...

In my years I have yet to listen to another music CD that touched the depths of my Soul,
to Feel Love and to Give Love.

So Listen to this Musical CD by taking out your favorite candles,
Listen by lighting them,
Listen by pouring a glass of your favorite wine,
Listen by dimming all the lights,
Listen by being comfortable on the floor sitting face to face In Silence--
Allow the gentle breeze of subtle notes sing to your soul—
imbibing ,intertwining, loving , transcending a mental telepathy to reach each others core—
♥Your loving heart. ♥



Tis the human spirit of inner beauty and revelation's that this CD gives each of us a Joyous peace-- A Sanctity— A Serenity--- A Solitude-- and A Sexuality.

This truly releases that deep Spiritual inner sanctum that we should once feel the power of.

The sacredness of our inner most feelings and thoughts that lie stagnant until electrical impulses ignite the flame that awakens those emotions.

So tis with this very 'Isle of View” that we are awakened and our peaceful existence becomes
a source of strength both for us as --the giver and to those we love -- the receiver.


It is in this vein that I hope that you shall be Awakened to each others Passions, to look deep into each others eyes, to radiate the warmth of genuine affection and to feel the Body As One --
For All Eternity!

ron swan said...

Iam a fan who just discovered this site. i haven't read everything on the site, but I think I have all his music on cds which I would be happy to share for free.

Unknown said...

I saw him live at the Univ.FL, 1975, Alone on an outdoor stage, w/piano & guitar only & he MESMERIZED 2,000 very high people for 2 hrs, Solo.
An Xtensive online search for tabs to his songs, reveals Nothing. WHY???
I'd think it would be a labor of love for a team of guitarists to decipher these songs for the rest of us mortals, regardless of drop tunings,& post them on Chordie.com
`Long Way Down' & `The Nest' are my top priorities.

Unknown said...

I saw him live at the Univ.FL, 1975, Alone on an outdoor stage, w/piano & guitar only & he MESMERIZED 2,000 very high people for 2 hrs, Solo.
An Xtensive online search for tabs to his songs, reveals Nothing. WHY???
I'd think it would be a labor of love for a team of guitarists to decipher these songs for the rest of us mortals, regardless of drop tunings,& post them on Chordie.com
`Long Way Down' & `The Nest' are my top priorities.