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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:59 pm 
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i'm really saddened to hear this. while i didn't know noel, he was an amazing talent. there is now a huge hole in the heart of the columbus music scene.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
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Horrible. I can't even believe this is happening.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:51 pm 
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Noel was amazing. It's an awful tragedy that more people won't be able to know him, to hear him, than already have.

Every conversation I've ever had with him was a lesson in humility, and he didn't even try.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:52 pm 
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this is such a sad, sad loss. i didn't personally know noel but have seen him perform many times. sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
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this is horrible.

thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

not too long ago, one of his friends/bandmates told me some amazingly sweet things about him and his devotion to his family.

the world needs more people like that.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
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noel was a nice guy.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:17 pm 
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Very very sad indeed.

Thoughts go out to friends and family, PMM and everyone that knew Noel. We knew him through PMM, he played on our CD's and were amazed at his talent. Truly a nice guy and a good person.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:47 pm 
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My God. I'm really sorry you guys. Many condolences to all who knew and loved him.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:29 pm 
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From Jerry:

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Dear Friends and all,

I have some very sad news to share.

Noel Sayre, my friend and bandmate for 13 years, died early in the
morning of July 3rd due to a swimming accident in Portsmouth, Ohio on
Tuesday July 1st.

He entered the hospital in a coma and never came out of it, his heart
eventually slowing down. In the I.C.U., we listened to Rachmaninoff
and Clive Palmer, two of Noel's favorites. He spent his time in the
hospital with his close friends and girlfriend, Kristy, who played a
big part in his happiness during the last year.

Noel and I began playing music together on New Years Eve of 1995,
opening a show for the Yips and the Bassholes at Bernies Bagels in
Columbus, Ohio. We split $100 for that gig, and so began a partnership
that quickly became a strong and lasting friendship that the Black
Swans based themselves upon.

We were always more Heckle & Jeckle and Penn & Teller than Simon &
Garfunkel, as we shared an idea about music as art, posing as
entertainment, that we explored over hundreds of gigs and several
recordings. Musically, I always stood in Noel's shadow and Noel always
felt he was my shadow. We spoke in code, a short-hand, that sometimes
alienated others and sometimes amused them. We were kindred spirits in
many way and couldn't be more different in others. He was quiet and
articulate, rowdy and beyond shy, hyper intelligent and incredibly
dense. I think I knew him better than anyone and it is safe to say
there was a lot I never saw. It is shocking to think he will no longer
be a part of my physical life. We both imagined that we'd be standing
on stage together when we were 80, an appropriate age for our favorite
tempo.

Besides the Black Swans, Noel was a member of the Ohio based rock band
Pretty Might Mighty, the Huntington, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
and the Portsmouth, Ohio Symphony. Noel also gave violin lessons in
both Huntington and Portsmouth (making very little money) because he
enjoyed teaching children and believed in musical education, a
characteristic inherited from his parents who were also music teachers
in Huntington.

There's still more of Noel's music to be heard. Just a few days ago, a
record by Larry Jon Wilson, an obscure 1970's country-funk songwriter,
was released on 1965 Records/ Sony UK (to be released on Hacktone
later this year in the U.S.). It has already received high praise by
Mojo, Uncut, Rick Rubin, Will Oldham, and dozens of UK papers. I hired
Noel to play on it, accompanying only Larry Jon's voice and guitar, so
he's surely a big part of the album's critical success.

Too, I'm happy to say he already recorded his parts for the next Black
Swans album and, as always, played with intelligence, humor, and a
transcendent pallet of emotions.

Noel taught me a lot about myself. As we played witness to one
another, we stuck to our guns, charting each others growth as a person
and a musician. We went through a lot together, good and bad, always
expressing ourselves in different ways, but never an unkind word was
exchanged, always caring and supportive. I can't imagine my life or
music without him.

Noel is survived by only a cousin. A memorial service is being planned
in Huntington, WV on Saturday July 12. Donations are being accepted to
pay for the expenses. Please email theblackswansband@gmail.com for
details on the service and contributions in a few days.

Much love, Jerry

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:09 pm 
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So, so, so, sad.
We'll be keeping Noel's close friends in our thoughts.
Please keep posting updates on how we can help contribute to his service or help with anything else.

kim & eric


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:15 pm 
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So sad. I used to love trying to figure out what parts were violin and what parts were guitar in Pretty Mighty Mighty. His violin sounded like My Bloody Valentine to me. Gorgeous. Condolences to Noel's friends and family.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:46 pm 
I can't believe it...I just found out from a friend.

Noel was one of the weirdest guys I've ever met. And by weird, I mean great.
He had an odd honesty that will seem rare to me now.

His playing and performing was always beautiful and angular yet he was quite
modest about his own talent. I was fortunate enough to hear him perform recently
at a wedding ceremony and I keep thinking about that

My condolences to his close friends. He will be missed.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:44 pm 
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I gave this about 7 hours to sink in. It hasn't happened yet. Noel was .... Noel was one of the most genuine guys I ever met in this scene. You could talk to him about almost anything, and he often offered up a new perspective. He was a really smart fellow. But always honest and humble. I wish now that I knew him better.

The guy could play guitar too. He was a bad-ass guitar player. I'll never forget Pretty Mighty Mighty's set at the Pixies-a-thon.

My heart goes out to Jon, John, Neal, Jerry, and everyone else who knew him or loved him, which is almost everyone I know. Noel's death is tragic beyond belief. I don't know what else to say except: please love one another as if you might never see them again.

Bye, Noel.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:55 am 
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that dude's passion was unparalleled. this one time I played in a band that opened for PMM at the old High Five, and I'd never seen a violin player (or any local bandmember) get so involved. they opened up the stage and let all the bands play with them, and he was the most welcoming of the bunch during the jam. and it wasn't a cheesy jam. it was righteous.

I was bugging some people at Used Kids about PMM and why things had slowed down for them, and I was told of his dedication to his family. it inspired me, if only on a passive level. right now I'm in the middle of 6 weeks with my family back in Iowa, making time for them, despite whatever else I could be doing. I didn't always feel that way.

the one time I shook his hand and told him what presence he had on stage, he totally played it down.

what a good man.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:50 am 
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Very sad news! My thoughts and support to all of his friends and everyone who knew Noel.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:27 am 
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My thoughts go out to you Jerry, Jon, and everyone else who knew and/or listened to or shared the stage with Noel. Being a big Swans fan and shooting a few PMM shows in the past, it was always incredible watching him play.

I recently listened to the Black Swans after I lost two of my friends in the same week to cancer. Their music has always given me a certain calm comfort and it helped me through that tough time. Noel will be missed greatly.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:56 am 
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just wanted to dig up a black swans tour diary they wrote in sep 06 for people who might not have read it...

http://www.donewaiting.com/category/the ... ans-diary/

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:36 am 
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Sofa King wrote:
Noel's death is tragic beyond belief. I don't know what else to say except: please love one another as if you might never see them again.

Bye, Noel.


I don't think I can add anything that has not been said.

I will have to admit I did not really know Noel, only met in passing and from seeing him perform. I am saddened by this news none the less. I have been around the Columbus music scene for a long time and have seen many great talents pass on, and everytime it happens I reflect back on those that have left this earth too soon. Sad, yes, very sad at least we have been by blessed knowing them and the art they have created.

I offer my condolences to his family, bandmates and friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

-kyle


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:07 pm 
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To everyone-
I am very sorry to hear about your friend/band mate/family member. Please take good care of one another!
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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:02 pm 
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this is truly a tragedy. noel was an inspirational violinist and a great dude.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:57 pm 
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One of the last times I got a call from Noel, the Black Swans were heading into NYC to play a show in Brooklyn in a bar in the back of a record store. And despite not having slept or gone home for a couple of days, and having a considerable amount to do that night, I decided I had to head into town to catch up with them. It seemed ridiculous at the time, but I guess I now understand why. And, as usual, I got a education from Noel on a bunch of new artists as he and I went rifling through the stacks of records in the store.

I first met Noel in the dorm – our first year at ohio u in ’89, but we did not hang out much, apart from a few isolated jams in the lounge. He lived down the hall again the second year – different dorm, and though we spent a fair bit of time listening to all sorts of crazy tunes, it was rare to sit and play. And at first it was only the music that clicked – we were far too alike, and neither of us the sort to naturally stir up the conversation.
Year one at 9 Oak was a revelation (well, in all sorts of ways), but I spent countless hours across countless nights creating the soundtrack to all that I saw with my dear friend Noel; passing songs and musical ideas back and forth till the wee hours. Musically, I learned more about dissonance and tension and relief from him than from everyone I have ever played with put together. But I also got to know the beautiful soul of Noel Sayre. He was rather timid and humble in “real” life, and could be huge, demonstrative, and passionate when attached to a guitar or particularly a violin. In the course of that year, I also got to know Noel as a brilliant mind, a kind spirit, and a great friend. He was the guy that would share his last (perfectly-crafted) piece of toast or the last of a jar of his mom’s pickles without a second thought.
One night at the end of that year, Noel came up with the thought to put together a bluegrass or string band. We talked about for a minute – I had a mandolin that I had never really learned to play, and was already playing some other music that would lend itself well to being acoustic. Of course, it should be as simple as saying it would be so.

Willin’ (in the acoustic form) fell together in no time, and carried on for several years that now seem far too short. It was the combination of people and songs that were (to me anyway) familiar and comfortable that facilitated the experimentation in the band, and the time spent jamming with Noel was at the core of it. We would trade riffs and jabs and quotes from everything from 20’s swing to Charles Ives to 80’s pop, and a handful of songs evolved into little symphonies - complex orchestrations that still had clear ties to those nights sitting around the living room.

My heart goes out to Jerry and the other Swans – each time I’ve seen them play in NYC, it was clear that Jerry saw that same genious that I saw, and connected on that deeper level for which there are no words (though I am here punting around trying to find them).
And of course to Jon and John and Neal, who also shared many years of music-making.
I know they, as I, have lost a brother.
I am happy to learn that there are a few recorded treasures yet to be heard.
Songs I have written as recently as last year have a spot reserved for Noel’s violin, and I don’t have a clue how I will fill them. Big shoes man, big shoes.

Peace-
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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:12 pm 
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i'm grateful i had a chance to play with him. i remember my first rehearsal with Noel and Jerry. it was almost impossible for me to focus on the songs because i just wanted to listen to the Noel's violin. i was mesmerized and intimidated by his skill, but he was so grounded, patient, and approachable that he made it seem like i actually could hang with him musically. every single time i watched them i kicked myself for not staying with the Black Swans - not just because the songs were great, but because i wanted to be able to experience Noel's violin sound and be able to be a part of it. we only played together a few times, but that was enough to leave an indelible impression on my musical education. Noel was quiet, but he could communicate so much through music; it was like he didn't need to talk. Noel was funny, beyond smart... and to call him an amazing musician is an understatement. he's irreplaceable. we lost a great one.

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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:00 pm 
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Any news on a memorial service or gathering in Columbus?

All of the guys in Silo the Huskie would like to attend if that's the case. Chris and I are playing but I'm not tied into the scene like days yonder. Brian is not playing and he might not get news of anything, and if there's a chance for us to pay our respects then we want to do that. Brian was also unsure of Noel's finances. Brian mentioned that IF there was a need to put something together not only to honor Noel, but to contribute in some way with money, that he would play. And if you know Brian, for him to play for Noel IS saying a lot about how Noel meant not only to him, but to Silo the Huskie and the community as well.

If anyone hears anything (gathering, benefit, etc), please PM me.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: UPDATED: RIP Noel Sayre (Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty)
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so sorry to hear of this.

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