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    Rest In Peace , Chuck O'Meara / C.W. Vrtacek

    via Nick Didkovsky

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    Very sorry to share the news of Chuck O'Meara's passing. He and I shared a lot of history starting right around 1980. We'd improvise together regularly on weekends back then, and he invited me to live in his home one Connecticut winter. He led by self-releasing a solo record, and I followed. Years later we collaborated on some projects including the $100 Guitar Project, The Monkey Farm, Flies In The Face of Logic, his band Forever Einstein, the Aphorism of the Day website, and others.

    Extraordinarily prolific, Chuck would roll with an idea and gush out prose, music, poetry, and drawings at a mind blowing rate.
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    Rest in peace.

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    RIP.

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    Very sad. I loved his band, Forever Einstein, which I was introduced to thanks to one of your CD sales, Steve. I was happy to see them perform live at ProgDay.
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    Sad news.
    When I started reviewing for a Dutch magazine in 1992 a lot of Cuneiform-albums came to me and "Opportunity Crosses The Bridge" by Forever Einstein was one of the first one.
    What a pleasant album to review! Fun and craftmanship! With "Bye Bye, Barbie" as a glorious closing piece.

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    He certainly was a creative force and I image was not at all done, leaving us far too soon. Sad news indeed.
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    This is a very tough one for me to chew down, on a personal level.
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    RIP. I enjoyed (and still do from time to time...) the Forever Einstein cds; to me they were a no-bullshit, indie rock version of instrumental 80s Crimson. And it is a shame that there isn't a Grammy category for best song title. FE would've won many of those!

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    RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roylayer View Post
    I was happy to see them perform live at ProgDay.
    So was I. From the little I saw of Chuck, he was a real character - a grouch with a heart of gold.

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    Sorry, but I didn't catch on to this recent news until now. And I'm sincerely saddened by it.

    Forever Einstein and his contributions to Biota (etc.) were great, but my single fave of his creations was always When Heaven Comes to Town, originally released on Recommended Records and featuring a neatly arranged collage of 'sound pics' (the title track) plus some extraordinary miniatures on side one in which his very obvious penchant for Erik Satie shines through on -so- many levels. Mostly performed on sampler/synth, it also contains one of the most gorgeously sombre, drone-based pieces of music I ever heard in "Saying Goodbye to the Beauty and Complexity of Life on Earth". I often envisioned this as a possible soundtrack to my own funeral, tho' it wouldn't matter if the chapel was empty.

    So many good ones are leaving now. R.I.P.
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    ^ Im even later...

    Sad to read. FE was a great one. RIP
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