Thursday, January 24


Gordon McLean and Alan Edwards of Silent4

It is with great sorrow that we have to tell you Jojoblog cofounder Alan Edwards passed away Wednesday, 23 January 2008. Alan didn't make a lot of posts to Jojoblog but he was instrumental behind the scenes. He was architect and stonemason and visionary, gardener and barkeep and guide. And he was modest. And he was funny. And he was a gentleman.

He loved Jonathan Richman and his music.

We will have another tribute to Alan in the near future. In the meantime, Mark Doyon of Wampus Multimedia has written a very very nice one of his own:

"Alan Edwards was a songwriter, singer, and guitarist. He fronted a band called Silent4. Their cover of Lou Reed's "I Love You" anchored the Wampus release, After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed, in 2003.

We chose their track for the album because it was fragile, tentative, real.

Alan was a generous, talented person, and a legit authority on Lou Reed and Jonathan Richman. Occasionally he would email us an mp3 of something he was working on, along with a smattering of apologies and caveats, looking for feedback. And we were glad to get those emails. What Alan did was sincere. It was worth the time you spent with it.

You might have encountered his editorial touch at This Moment, or collaboratively at JOJOBLOG, a site devoted to Jonathan Richman... a performer who was inspired to make music... by Lou Reed.

Alan passed on yesterday. We'll miss him."

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Silent4 I Love You mp3(2.9MB)