Spalding Grey DEAD

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. damn, a sad day for those that love word performances.

    just heard on NPR that "they" found his body in a river.

    suffered a skull crush in 2002.


    swimming to cambodia, MUST SEE!

    i saw him perform MONSTER IN A BOX live in LA.

    i loved the man.

    he suffered from severe depression and attempted suicide after his skull crushing car wreck.

    looks like he may have succeeded this time.

    a word to those that pass off depression as a is devastating. my wife suffers from it.

    good thing she has a lunatic husband that tries to keep her laughing.


  2. Yes, Fred, this is very sad.

    I'd heard that his family suspected that he jumped off a Staten Island ferry in January. They identified his body yesterday.

    R.I.P. Spalding. :(

  3. and now Paul Windfield.


    those sets of 3.

    who's next?

    ken nordine?

    firesign theatre?

    ack...we're losing the people that transitioned us from the BEAT to the HIPPIE to the RAP!

    lost zappa 12 years ago, burroughs a bit more recent.

    i hope the current trend acknowledges the core!

    my daughter listens to RAGE and the new incarnation. i'm friendly with Tim the bassist for AudioSlave...i try to remind her that the current trend is built off the blends that have come before.

    remember, the renaisaaince of painting was 500 years ago todate.

    it lasted less than a decade!

    we're on the verge of something big.

    it will be miles meets ornette meets linknprk meets gangsta!

    mark my word!

  4. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Oh, I will miss him...He was one of the Greats...

    FOund in a river ? Wow. Was he murdered ? I didn't hear that on NPR this morning.
  5. Don, I don't remember exactly where they found him, but I remember the announcer on the radio saying that his face was so badly decomposed, that they had to do a DNA, or a dental record test, but they positively identified his body. Someone in his family had an idea that he might throw himself off a Staten Island ferry, and apparantly this is just what he did. So sad.

    R.I.P. Paul Winfield, too.

  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    :bawl: :bawl:
  7. Isn't he the guy that did the narration for City Confidential on A&E?
  8. :meh: I'm not sure, but that narrator does sound a lot like Paul W., if it was not him.

  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  10. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    RIP Spalding Grey.

  11. i STILL can't believe he's gone.

    passings that i've cried over:

    frank zappa (i had many calls that night, hoping i was ok...kinda funny).

    william burroughs (he needed the rest).

    tim/jeff buckley (what a voice!)

    randy kalifornia (saving his son!!)

    don van vliet (not gone yet, but damn i'm prepping!)

    many more.

  12. this is REALLY bothering me.

    if Spalding can't hack it, why should i?

  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    Hang in there dude, take inventory of the beautiful and great things that you have in your life (wife, daughter, your health, TB, all of us) and make those points to be happy about.

    PLUS, you need to hack it cause you have the resposibility of being the strong support system to your family and those around you.

    See, Spalding was battling something that became bigger than him progressively. From what I understand is that many people in his life needed to treat his depression more seriously than they did. You are absolutely right to speak with such seriousness about depression, it can be very overwhelming and debilitating.

    Be well, my friend.

  14. j-raj,

    thanks for the kind words.

    my point was more about suggesting what you just described.

    Mr. Grey was such an enormous talent. how can meager humans go on if he couldn't.

    that's how overwhelming depression can get.

    i'm fortunately healthy and happy. i also realise that this can be snatched away in the pluck of an open E.

    take stock.

    thanks again,
  15. Fred, I just heard on WNYC that they're going to have a tribute to Spalding today at 12:00 Noon EST. WNYC is New York City's local National Public Radio station, if you're not sure where to tune in your area*, go to the station's link, and you can listen there, online.


    * I'm sure you know where to tune if you're into Joe Frank! :)
  16. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    'meager humans'? Go on? :meh: .... hmm Not sure about that one. Might be the 'Gandhi'ist' in me, but we are all rich; be it in mind, love, wealth, health, spirit or talent...There aren't any meager humans.

    He was definitely talented and will be missed in body, but his legacy will be immortilized by his works.

    Very true, can happen in an instant.

    Take Stock.