posted on May 7, 2006 at 9:46 pm

further thoughts on grant mclennan

i cant believe hes gone
in the weeks before this ive been doing some solo shows
i always play providence
but ive been doing ramble and thought that i was over you
and bye bye pride
amanda brown came to my last solo show at the icebergs
grant has a new song on the gb3 record (brilliant)
i been thinking about him in lotsa small ways
listening to jack frost
remembering olde times
grant wasnt some minor talent now gone
and everyone trying to make him into something more
believe me, he was the real deal
he picked up a guitar and sang
and you hadda original
no mistaking his voice, his songs
i saw on amazon they gotta few copies of the 1st jack f record
do yerselves a favour
if you aint got it, get it
im so proud of that record
the only record i made (other than solo)
that i actually hands on mixed myself
every hour god sends
a lament about the iraq invasion in 1990-1
thats me on verses, grant on choruses
i was horsing around in the studio
saying
“oh that grant, he works every hour that god sends, that man”
a standard lament i would hear as i was growing up
but grant turned it into a threat
everyhour god sends…some wings
everyhour godsends …some stones
all that wild electric guitar…thats grant
he wasnt always thomas hardy ya know
he could fuckin’ rock on the guitar
and
he wazza great bass player too
birdowner
when i first met him grant said he had
thousands of songtitles ready to go
i asked him for a couple
the first title he said was birdowner
we wrote this about a witch who turns men into birds
we wrote all the lyrics together
in a park in balmain one cold morning
on a bench smoking a spliff
civil war lament
grant had already written this
i loved it and i got to sing it
he could knock songs like this off
like most people write shopping lists
i liked the ambiguity of
“and all you do is carry on”
to grant this meant that she continued
to me it had other connotations
we thrived on this kinda ambiguity
geneva 4 am
again i sing the verses
grant takes the chorus
i guess no one will mind me saying now
that grant had amanda b in mind when he
wrote his bits for most of these songs
he always seemed to get it back round to her
i was imagining a bunch of lowlifes round a bar at an airport
grant turns it into pure longing
“i look for you everywhere
but i can find you anywhere”

trapeze boy
we had a little bit of tape left
we doodled and noodled on it
i said to grant
putta poem or story on there
he said i will
he did that first take
i, in the control room, was stunned
“funny how someone you never met, manages to stay with you”
yes , grant
a lotta people feel that way about you now

providence
one of my fave songs ever by anybody anywhere
obviously you can hear grants bits and my bits
so sad
so much sadness in this song
“remember when we were lovers, the things we used to do”
it always gives me goosebumps
so romantic,
so lost.

thought that i was over you
what can i say about this one?
everybodies felt like this
i dont think he did really ever get over her.

threshold
jack f gets funky
my music, grants lyrics n singing

number 11
grant n i imagined we were lost in a plane crash
i know you can keep me warm
beautiful, grant, beautiful

didnt know where i was
our 1st song we wrote together
sorta velvets-y i guess
” a damaged doomed charles bronson, stumbling on this earth”
who else could write stuff like that
boy, im gonna miss him

even as we speak
i wrote and played the music on my own
grant walked straight in
and sang it
and made the words up on the spot
how could he instantly come up with something so poignant?
his words always fitted the music so perfectly

ramble is my song
grant was showing me the chords to
streets of your town
i said lets get another song outta that
he played the electric guitar
and you can hear his distinctive
“its coming on again”
it was all coming on for him again
all the time

everything takes forever
our music
my verses
grants chorus
you can sing with accordions
you can sing with violins
we even put an oboe in there
just in case ya didnt completely get
who this song was addressed to

making this record wassa sheer delight
grant n i were equals in every way
he laughed at my gothic dark side
i laughed at his country boy romantic side
we steered a course right down the middle
pulled each other into a new place
this record is one of the best records ever made
you wont find more personal poignant love songs in rock
sweeping windswept landscapes
anger, jealousy, memories
grant was my dearest friend
a real gentleman
i wouldnt say so if it wasnt true
there was no one else on the planet
who i wanted to work with more
he taught me a lot about songs
and songwriting
it was a fucking privelege to work with him
i loved this man
i will play providence and other jack f songs
till the day i day
and i hope that when i get to fucking heaven
grant is waiting for me
his guitar strapped on
“now, steven, are ya ready for our third album

grant
i dont think i will get over you
vale
my dear dear dear mate
sk

57 Responses to “you can sing that everything takes forever”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    Perfect and beautiful.

    Jack

  2. avatar
    mike a | 7 May 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    Wow- I can’t believe the news about Grant, I was shocked and saddened. All I can say is that I love both Jack Frost albums and he’ll be missed greatly. Thanks sk for your kind words about him.

  3. avatar
    youamwho | 7 May 2006 at 11:00 pm #

    Steve,

    Very sorry and thanks for everything, your thoughts, this blog, your collaboration w/Grant, the past twenty five years …everything.

    Hope we all get to heaven, man!

    Always the best …Mark

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:10 pm #

    That was so beautiful sk. My heart goes out to you losing such a friend you connected with totally.
    That Jack Frost album is one of my fav’s too, and it will be hard listening to it without sheding a tear now.

    Love always,
    Amanda P

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    That was so beautiful sk. My heart goes out to you losing such a friend you connected with totally.
    That Jack Frost album is one of my fav’s too, and it will be hard listening to it without sheding a tear now.

    Love always,
    Amanda P

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:24 pm #

    sk

    so sorry for your loss bud. i know how it feels from this end and i never even met the guy.

  7. avatar
    the dean | 7 May 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    So sad. listened to the Jack Frost albums last night. like hearing them for the first time, lush, deep, moving.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    My prayers go out to Grants family.
    He was an amazing musician.
    I have had his cd “Horsebreaker Star” in rotation since the day it was released.
    The Jack Frost was amazing, as was the second one…
    Thanks Grant for some great music.

    Brian Turner
    Atlanta, Ga….

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    SK,

    Again, such a nice tribute , thanks
    DR

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    I hadn’t seen Grant in quite a while. I didn’t even realise he was back in Brisbane. When I heard the news from a friend on Sunday morning, it really didn’t sink in. It was unreal, I think because I hadn’t seen him in such a long time. Then my partner and I started thinking about when we were first together, and we saw Grant quite a bit. Drinks at Ric’s, he was always there. Always so polite, sincere, low-key. So not an “I only talk to famous people” rock star (and I’ve met a few of them). He was a charming gentleman, a talented songwriter, and lovely company over an afternoon beverage. I just always thought I would bump into him again around the place, as we sometimes did – at the shops, in the street, and now I won’t, and that feels… wrong, and sad, and so empty.

  11. avatar
    fergal | 7 May 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    thank you sk
    ‘it’s cold & dusty in here’
    ~

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 May 2006 at 11:57 pm #

    I found the Jack Frost CD on a bargains table in a department store in a suburb of Munich on a cold day in 1992. Your beautiful songs brought me a lot of comfort.
    Thank you so much Grant and Steve.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 12:38 am #

    That 1st jf album single handidly kept me moving past the open windows. I love the church and the solos but that album holds a place in my world like no other.

    Thank you Grant, Thank you Steven,

    41

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 12:40 am #

    Thanks SK. I needed that. Hard to find such poignant words. Only you could do that.

  15. avatar
    captainmission | 8 May 2006 at 1:03 am #

    ahh beauty like that never fails to bring a tear to my eye
    all i have is…

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 1:11 am #

    I’m so saddened by the loss but I know your sadness must be 100 times worse, SK, to lose such an important friend. He was easily one of the best songwriters of the last 20-30 years, and is one of the few that could give you a run for your money. I’m sure you would have no problem admitting that. I can’t believe such a massive talent could be gone so suddenly. I wish him eternal rest, with the hope that you can see him again someday.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 1:26 am #

    To SK
    Probably 5 years ago now, late one night on a lounge in a bar in Brisbane, I looked to my left where previously there was a space but now there was Grant McLennan, who had taken a seat with a companion. I’d seen him on a few occasions around the Valley before, and although I hero-worshipped the man in private to anyone who would listen, and had spent endless hours trying to play his songs on my guitar, I never felt comfortable going up to him and “being a fan”.
    On this occasion, given I had fortuitously found myself sitting next to him, and since both his friend and mine headed for a walk at the same time, I rationalised to myself that this time it might be OK to say hello. For a nano-second as I began I regretted it, but then as I said that “even as we speak” was one of my favorite songs, he swiftly turned his head to me, his face lit up, he extended his hand to thank me and then voluntarily recalled with glee his memory of you and him recording that song, how excited he was to do so, and how pleased he was with the end result. I remember being touched at how pleased he seemed to hear that even just one person really enjoyed that song, and I was left with an impression that recording that song and no doubt the whole album was very close to his heart.
    I’d seen him around the place a number of times since then, around the Valley, at concerts, and as recently as last Saturday at a wedding of some mutual friends, but as he always seemed so comfortable and content in his own space I never felt right approaching him again. I’m not one to usually make a post either, but having read your blog this morning I wondered whether you and others might be pleased to read this story.
    Michael, Brisbane.

  18. avatar
    si-kli | 8 May 2006 at 1:30 am #

    thanx 4 sharin ya re-collections.
    Everyhour god sends was a choice song about that “war?”. It kicked. That album was good, still is. Even the filmclip was OK, those tv screens and silhouetes. Watershed is great, he also had some groovy style ~ cattle n cane ( the hat , the eyebrows), sang fearlessly, yet always emotionally exposed, THAT’S a talent in itself. You could believe the man, and his angle. I often wondered why he lucked out in love,( although he would admit it in his songs sometimes), human i guess.
    Bachelor kisses Grant.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 1:36 am #

    Sk,

    thanks for the lovely words about grant and for giving us a glimpse into the songs on the first jack frost album…
    i have always cherished that record, and the songs continue to this day to send shivers down my spine… a beautiful album that you two made together…

    thinking good thoughts. sorry to hear that your pal has moved on.

    over and out from the northeast, usa

  20. avatar
    Andrew Macrae | 8 May 2006 at 1:42 am #

    Heartfelt condolences to everyone who loved Grant and was loved by him. It’s so, so sad.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 1:58 am #

    Still thinking about Grant too.
    Your casual, heartfelt analysis of the songs from Jack Frost 1 are pure gold to a longtime fan.
    For fans who may not be familiar with Grant or JF, I’d like to mention how FANTASTIC the second JF record, ‘Snow Job’, is even tho its creation was (evidently) more difficult.
    Grant’s solo records are also wonderful and packed with gems. His voice makes you want to be his friend. How fortunate are those who were.
    Thankyou Steve.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 2:02 am #

    buddhists say you can still help and connect with someone after they die, that there are no barriers between what we call “life” and “death”

    your radiant power and compassionate heart can reach out
    to other realms

    the beautiful truthful words you breathe life into will reach your friend and

    the rest of us get to vibrate along with your
    spirit to spirit connection

    thanks
    for being
    and sharing

    peace and love
    to Grant McL

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 2:36 am #

    sk
    your beautiful
    words about
    your dear friend
    brought me
    to tears
    my deepest
    sympathies
    love
    diane

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 3:13 am #

    i unfortunately never knew him
    and all i can say
    is that you were a lucky man to have known him like you did
    and shared your friendship and love and genius

    i’m hearing your pain
    and
    send you some love

  25. avatar
    P.Rose | 8 May 2006 at 3:27 am #

    SK
    I just heard this and figured the TB blog would confirm what i thought was a bad rumor. Very sad!
    Your reminiscing has made the sting almost palpable, thanks Steve!
    Thanks Grant

    Pat Rose
    USA

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 3:28 am #

    I didnt know the Grant but he always seemed so energetic on stage – it’s something special when you can see a performer really wanting to give something sincere to an audience with a smile.
    He reminded me of Dave Dobbyn in that regard.
    A shame he had to live with such a broken heart.

    Dutch Pierre

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 3:33 am #

    Go-throughout..
    All I have is..
    Every hour he sends
    All I need..
    Rambling
    running from the body
    Fly Fly Fly somewhere
    coming back to me..

    in haze of memory..

    Eternal peace granted..

  28. avatar
    verdelay | 8 May 2006 at 3:35 am #

    Grant McLennan was a tireless cartographer of the human condition.

    He seemed to have this prismatic perspective that shone a light on all the myriad landscapes of the heart-veldt: rivers of longing (“stones for you”, …), lakes of regret (“dark side of town”, …), peaks of jubilation (“one plus one”, …) , chasms of hoplessness (“things will change”, …), swamps of bitterness (“someone else’s wife”, …), deep forests of mystery (“riddle in the rain”, …), and whole oceans of acute observation (“bye bye pride”, …).

    His life’s work has been a veritable atlas for me, and will continue to be my guide for as long as I can still make out the contours he carved, in the dim light that remains.

    But now the age of exploration is over and never again will a dark continent be charted by this Soulfarer Magellan.

    hf

  29. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 May 2006 at 4:27 am #

    maybe it’s a sign that you should have “birdowner” in a movie to give homage to grant and to his songwriting ability. i know you are hurting, so am i, deep deep down, may peace be with us all, jack frost will live on…
    mjnjr

  30. avatar
    Kev | 8 May 2006 at 5:15 am #

    Sigh…this is just so wrong! Damn! I could hardly believe what I was reading when I pulled up SK’s blog.

    I have all his solo records, both Jack Frost of course, and some Go-Betweens…I’ve spent many an hour banging out his tunes on acoustic guitar (“Hot Water”, “Stones For You”, “Bye Bye Pride”, “Bachelor Kisses” are faves, along with the JF tunes)…and I’ve always marveled at his easy, effortless-seeming way with melody and a wry turn of phrase.

    He is already missed. What he gave won’t be forgotten–we’ll all make sure of that.

    Another of my fave Aussie musicians pays tribute…perhaps, by virtue of his position, getting word out to some who wouldn’t otherwise hear of it…

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 5:45 am #

    I offer my condolences. Strangely, and quite unconsciously, I was noodling around on my bass guitar last Sunday and
    the part for “Every Hour God Sends”
    emanated from it. I hadn’t listened to the Jack Frost album in ages. Then I find out today about Grant’s passing. A tragic loss for Australian music from a beautiful song writer & soulful performer.

  32. avatar
    dig | 8 May 2006 at 6:30 am #

    Just some of my memories and a ramble

    Talk about chance.
    When I was in high school my fav band was the church(still is) and my best mates fav band at school was the Go-Betweens he was a real fanatic, any way we spent a year comparing bands or rather trying to turn each other on to the bands(making tapes), which is when I started to dabble w/ the GB’s.
    So you can guess our suprise when JF formed a year later!
    Anyway I love that first album and I have made many people sit down and listen to it. Ramble was the first thing that came into my head when I heard about Grant.
    I remember how excited I was when I saw the video to Every Hour God Sends and went out and bought a pair of sunnies(Raybands, I think?) the same as the drummer.
    I saw you show at the Continental Melbourne and my most treasured poster was from that gig don’t think they were for sale, I nicked it off the wall of the cafe after the show.
    In 2000? I went to Dublin (meant to be a year lasted only a couple of months)by myself never being over seas before and was a little lonely but my biggest memory was walking aound St. Stephens green and temple bar listening to The Friends of Rachel Worth it really kept me company tha twas all I listern to, pretty much.
    How strange that I fell in love with a beautiful Swedish girl in Dublin ,just like in (he lives my life)and then I’m thinking wasn’t SK involved with a swedish girl, how very churchy.
    Anyway 4 years later (long email romance) my Swedish girl comes and visits me and we listen to JF, GB’s & The church. Songs are for some reason the way I diary my life or how I remember where and when I was.

    I will dearly miss Grant
    “funny how someone you never met, manages to stay with you”
    How true how very true

    Thank you SK for sharing these blogs
    Love
    Dig

  33. avatar
    daniel 26, 8 | 8 May 2006 at 6:36 am #

    What a way to start the week…
    Half past 8 now, on a sunny monday morning.
    Think I’ll go home, play his records and try to wipe the tears from my eyes.
    Au revoir, my rock n’ roll friend

  34. avatar
    matthew | 8 May 2006 at 7:07 am #

    Wow, thanks so much for the JF track-by-track, some really cool revelations in there. Still one of my all-time fave CDs.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 7:10 am #

    I took both JF albums for a spin yesterday. Brilliant albums.

    GL R.I.P

    Peter Karlsson
    S.W Eden

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 9:56 am #

    How awfully, terribly sad.

    Love and peace,

    Richard.

  37. avatar
    Sweed | 8 May 2006 at 10:23 am #

    Sad….

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 10:38 am #

    Grant’s music affected and moulded so many people close to my heart. My life’s soundtrack is comprised of many of his songs. Delicate, thoughtful and honest,
    his songs have evoked me to the point of tears. Today, I do the same but with silence..

    Steve, condolences for your personal loss.

    Leesaa

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 10:41 am #

    it was a long time ago
    during the albion st days
    I had the good fortune
    to meet Grant
    he could engage you in conversation
    enthusiastic and knowledgeable about music
    a true craftsman
    my condolences go out
    to Grant’s family and friends

    … a national treasure

    donald b.

  40. avatar
    gavgams | 8 May 2006 at 3:00 pm #

    Very sad news. I think I wrote previously here of when I saw GB’s in Frankston wtih People With Chairs Up Their Noses. Really early gig, ’79 – early RRR. Mechanics Hall.

    I’ve always been really proud to have the vinyl of Send Me A Lullaby, especially. All angular and raw, but passion, authenticity, inventive, deceptive. Pre-Church, too. “The Girls Have Moved”, “People Know”, “Your Turn, My Turn”. “Cattle and Cane” was something really special, but the kind of ghosts of longing are there in the The Girls Have Moved.

    I’m sorry, SK. Didn’t know about Jack Frost with GM. I look forward to the pleasure. More importantly, it’s a wonderful thing to know you two made a connection and it’s a great thing to feel you honour a special friendship. My condolences and Love and thanks. The music lives on.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 3:27 pm #

    This is so sad. In Your Bright Ray is one of my faves. RIP Grant, and thanks for your thoughts, Steve.

  42. avatar
    invisiwoman | 8 May 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    Oh Esskay! I had no idea– My sincerest & heartfelt sympathies & condolences–As my dearly departed Ma usta tell me quite frequantly; Without death–Nobody would appreciate life.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    There are VERY few artists whose work I would consistently collect without question and GW was one of those few to me. For the past two days I’ve been listening to a best of compilation I made several months ago it’s still hard to believe there won’t be any more or those beautiful catchy tunes on the horizon.

    JHT

  44. avatar
    CSTCoach | 8 May 2006 at 4:00 pm #

    Steve,

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences go out to you. What you wrote here was poignant and beautiful, a wonderful tribute.

    I only know Grant’s work through Jack Frost (I love both albums – been listening to the first one frequently over the past few months, always hoping for another collaboration, another glimpse of the magic, the alchemy of this potent combination). I’m obviously long overdue for a foray into this man’s work. I look forward to it very much. What an incredible mark he’s left on so many people.

    Take care, amigo. I’m sorry.

    ryan

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 4:49 pm #

    Snow Job is one of the best albums of all time. Cousin/Angel is one of the best songs of all time.

    Thank you both.

  46. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 8 May 2006 at 6:57 pm #

    I am at a loss for words.
    Thanks for another great blog, SK.
    I can only imagine the deep
    senselessness you must feel inside
    of yourself at this moment.
    One of the thoughts that runs
    through my mind when someone like
    this passes is that there will be
    no more new music from them, and
    that makes what remains even more
    precious. I agree with the person
    who said that JF sounded new and
    fresh today, like they were
    listening for the first time.
    You have every right to be extremely
    proud of that CD, Steve.
    Could you tell us what
    “cousin/angel” was about? That
    was always one of my fav JF songs.
    I respected Grant deeply
    and I am very sad about this.
    God Bless.
    TP

  47. avatar
    bld | 8 May 2006 at 8:15 pm #

    that is true – gw was one of the few musicians that one could blindly purchase a recording from and never be disappointed. why? because his songs were carved from his heart and soul and set loose without filtration. he never allowed his brain to get in the way of his feelings or their intimacy. he once told me that he wanted his recordings to sound like you are there in the room with him. as i sit here listening to “finding you”, i have no doubt he is now here in the room with me. whenever and whereever his songs are played, he will be there with all of us. love and peace to all.

  48. avatar
    Brad | 8 May 2006 at 9:01 pm #

    On the same day Grant McLennan died in his sleep, on the opposite side of the planet earth, my brother’s wife gave birth to their first child, my mother’s first grandchild. Noah Jack Burkley was born at 5:27 PM Eastern time. The Go-Betweens were one of my favorite bands, and that’s why this news was sad. I have listened to Grant’s voice for years, but never met him, yet he manages to stay with me as he will with many.

    Condolences to the McLennan family.

    May 6, a bittersweet date.

    I haven’t met Noah, my nephew yet either. The earth and universe have this unperceivable exchange of life force that we all face and feel.

    b

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 May 2006 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks, Steve, for what you have written. It will be unforgettable, exactly like Grant. Forever with us…

    Steffi – Italia

  50. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 8 May 2006 at 10:29 pm #

    The many kind words from so many people say a lot about Grant, speaks well for him and the effect he has had on us all.

    SK – beautiful and touching words. You never know how much a person means to you until they are no longer there.

    Daniel W.

  51. avatar
    don joe | 9 May 2006 at 12:26 pm #

    beautiful and soul felt Steve…you have had an experience that we would cherish to have for 5 mins…those memories will remain strong, those are the memories that will continue on past this time, those memories will linger to make u laugh and infuse you with inspiration and reason to continue..don’t get caught in now..we live in the future, that’s where it happens; yesterdays are past tomorrows..

    wish you well with strength.

    ML

  52. avatar
    Malika | 11 May 2006 at 12:09 pm #

    Steve,

    I realise more and more every day about Grant.
    I love The Go-Betweens exactly as I love U.

    And I can’t believe it…

    Back in 2003.
    I was lucky enough to go and see them in Brussels.
    In the 16th of May it was.
    I really felt privileged then.
    A year later, it was your turn to play there.

    Robert & Grant I knew as being very funny and nice guys.
    Yet with a little touch of melancholy…
    I wanted to see them since the very late 80’s.
    At last they played in Europe, not too far from my home.
    How could I miss them ??
    I didn’t have the right to !
    I absolutely had to go and see them.
    It was a must, a need, a priority.
    It was now or never…

    It took me nearly 5 hours to go to Brussels.
    I didn’t mind going there, despite my lack of money…
    It really was worth the effort.
    ‘Cause I knew I wouldn’t see them again so soon…
    I wanted, I needed to see them.
    It was the best band I had ever seen yet then.
    Later it was U.
    At last.

    The 2 greatest bands in the world.

    It was nearly 3 years ago.
    How strange.

    One kind 40 year-old man I knew some years before
    Told me they were one of the best bands in the world.
    He knew everything about music.
    He knew very well what was good and what was bad.
    And so, he highly recommended me one record :
    ’16 Lovers Lane’.
    He was right.

    That man was a darling.
    That man I am missing.
    That man I’d love to see again.
    And I wish I had seen The Go-Betweens with him then…

    I need to see you all more than ever.
    ‘Cause, just like one famous French singer, Barbara, said :
    “Ma plus belle histoire d’amour c’est vous”.
    In English :
    ‘My most beautiful love story is U’.

    WHY ????
    Why do all those nice people have to go ??
    It is unfair !…

    We are in the heart of Spring.
    Outside, the sun is shining bright.
    And I suddenly get speechless…
    And I feel so sad, so bad, so sorry…

    ALL MY LOVE,

    Malika

  53. avatar
    Melquiades | 13 May 2006 at 8:42 am #

    I was shocked when I read the news online the other day. I only came to know Grant’s work through Jack Frost (knew go-betweens streets of your town, but that was it) and I was intrigued to dig deeper.

    I met grant once in DC back in late 90’s on a tour with just him and Robert on acoustic. good show. he was a pleasant and seemingly humbly guy. we discussed Jack Frost. Just an easy soul to be around.

    I am very saddened by the news. It’s never the right time to let someone go. But we are part of the cycle and we move on. I like to think that there is life after this realm and he is somewhere in some other form and in the collective a remeberance and knowing that the next stage is here. Maybe a smiling baby cooing and laughing for his/her doting parents. Write another one Grant. Love. Brian

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