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Obit: farewell message from Amos Jessup

27 Mar 19 - 10:21 AM (#3984762)
Subject: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Amos

I'm typing this for Amos, who died on March 14, 2019. I'm his wife/widow, He asked me to post this after he died, So what follows is his own words written on October 19, 2019.

It appears I may have checked out, bid adieu to the mortal form, shuffled off and dropped off the edge for awhile

Let me not depart without telling all of you how deeply I appreciate this harrum-scarum forum with all its wits, wisdom, profanity, occasional inanity, and above all its love of ordinary music. I have been an ordinary musician all my life, and finding Mudcat back in 1999 was like finding the home of the Lost Boys in Neverland. It was homecoming. I have reveled in the good companionship of those I met here ever since.

So let me thank you, one and all, Mudcatters present and past, for the many, many hours of cheer, wisdom, and song I have found here, I may be back soon enough under a different persona altogether, if that is how things work. I suspect it is, and I suspect I will, because of all the things I have tacked onto my existence in this lifetime, the love and knowledge of folk music is one of the new things I would be loath to leave behind in migrating to my next lifetime. God knows what the future me will thing when he/she finds all the frippery I have posted here! :D

Thank you, blessings upon you all, and may we meet again soon. Thanks for the wonderful voyage.

Amos         (originally written October 19, 2018)


27 Mar 19 - 11:09 AM (#3984772)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Rapparee

Again I'm in mourning, and again am filled with joy because I knew him.


27 Mar 19 - 11:11 AM (#3984773)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Bonnie Shaljean

How wonderful to hear your voice, even from beyond the grave. Go in peace, good friend.


27 Mar 19 - 11:19 AM (#3984775)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Bonnie Shaljean

I have just now opened my email and found this in my inbox. It's from the Library of America newsletter, in honour of the poet W. S. Merwin, who died earlier this month:


For the Anniversary of My Death

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveler
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what

- W. S. Merwin


27 Mar 19 - 11:57 AM (#3984779)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Helen

Indeed Bonnie, a voice from the grave. I had to stop to dry my tears a couple of times as I read this farewell from Amos.

And from musicians past, a tribute:

O'Carolan's Farewell to Music - Derek Bell

One of my favourite pieces of O'Carolan's music which I believe that he composed and played near the time of his death on 25th March 1738, and reinterpreted here by another late great musician, Derek Bell who passed 17 October 2002.

A more traditional interpretation by Patrick Ball which is closer to the version I have on CD by Derek Bell.

Amos arrived here at Mudcat two years after I did. As I said in a previous thread, he has been one of my favourite Mudcatters almost from the moment he arrived. He and Mudcatters like him is the reason that Mudcat is more than just a place to type and post words on a virtual page. Mudcat is and always was a loving, caring international community focused on the love of folk and blues music. Mudcat transcends the distance across continents and forms a powerful bond which is difficult to fully describe.

I never met Amos in real life as I have never left Australia but it doesn't mean that I never knew him and his wit and humour, his love of people and his love of folk songs and singing.

That Mudcat music tavern session in the sky is growing year by year, and I think that Amos is up there having a great time. When my time comes - hopefully not for a while yet - I know that I will be looking for that session and that next phase after this life on earth and I will be meeting Amos and all the other Mudcatters who have gone before.


27 Mar 19 - 12:31 PM (#3984794)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: John MacKenzie

Aye Amos, it's a journey, and you're on the next lap. May you find friends as good as have here, in your next manifestation.
Bon voyage old chap.


27 Mar 19 - 12:55 PM (#3984798)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: C-flat

What a lovely way to say goodbye.

But then he always was a lovely fella....

Such a miss on here..


27 Mar 19 - 01:04 PM (#3984799)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: GUEST,Joe Offer

I'll miss you, Amos. Goodbye, old friend.
Joe


27 Mar 19 - 01:14 PM (#3984801)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Little Hawk

That is perfect. It is Amos to a T. I do not consider you "dead", Amos, I just think you've exited this particular stage for a little while, and I hope to see you again on the next one. Bon voyage!


27 Mar 19 - 02:08 PM (#3984804)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: maeve

Daly, thank you for your loving courage in living this shared life, in going on, and in posting these words from Amos to his friends.

Maeve


27 Mar 19 - 05:52 PM (#3984826)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: wysiwyg

:-)


27 Mar 19 - 06:45 PM (#3984831)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: meself

Beautiful words.


28 Mar 19 - 01:23 AM (#3984854)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Sandra in Sydney

farewell, Amos & best wishes to Daley & his other family members & friends


29 Mar 19 - 08:21 PM (#3985095)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: skarpi

Like it said in the song " I see you again when it´s my time to go .."

I med Amos 2005 and he have teach me one or two thing ´s on the guitar ..
A good man has been called away on a mission in space between the spaces ...

God bless to you all , Skarpi Iceland .


29 Mar 19 - 10:51 PM (#3985102)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: olddude

My buddy Amos is playing music in heaven with one great bunch of musicians right now


30 Mar 19 - 02:53 PM (#3985148)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Elmore

Well written as always. Makes me sad though.


30 Mar 19 - 03:53 PM (#3985155)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Janie

What Rap said.


31 Mar 19 - 08:40 PM (#3985289)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: olddude

All of our dear friends are passing please stop. Enough already we all need you around


01 Apr 19 - 02:57 AM (#3985297)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Ebbie

Perhaps he is just in the next room, having closed the door between us. And maybe sometimes he will open that door just a tiny bit and smile.


01 Apr 19 - 03:39 AM (#3985302)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Helen

Death is nothing at all.
Henry Scott Holland
A Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

Death is nothing at all.
I have slipped away into the next room...
I am I, and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way you always used.
Put no difference into your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow,
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word
That it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
Without the ghost of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant -
It is the same as it ever was;
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval, somewhere very near
Just around the corner...
All is well.


01 Apr 19 - 07:50 AM (#3985335)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: GUEST,Ex-member.

RIP old friend.


01 Apr 19 - 01:50 PM (#3985384)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Stilly River Sage

Thanks for stopping in, Ex-member. I'm sure Amos missed your contributions over the last few years.


01 Apr 19 - 05:02 PM (#3985422)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: rumanci

precious friendships - rest in delightful peace, Amos - love and huge hugs to Daly xxrumxx


01 Apr 19 - 09:50 PM (#3985458)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: beardedbruce

Sonnet 03/11/07       On Mudcat                MLXV

To absent friends and lost loves let us drink,
Recalling smiles and times that all once shared.
On those no longer near let us now think,
To bring back reasons that for them we cared.
Some are not here, yet still remain, within
The songs and words they left behind. And some
Are in our souls, when hopes or dreams begin:
A part of what each of us have become.
To those apart let us now raise a glass
And take a moment to give thanks for all
That we from others have ourselves received.
The world’s a school, and our lives just a class
In playing well with others. Can we call
It more? Are we by our egos deceived?


01 Apr 19 - 11:53 PM (#3985461)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: olddude

I never could do the blues but Amos made me better at it. Like my brother Bruce Murdoch he also made me a better song writer


15 Apr 19 - 01:55 PM (#3987528)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Janie

It was a perfect gathering to remember and celebrate Amos.

Many people shared a song or a poem chosen to commemorate their experience of Amos. There were a few Mudcatters and Getaway folks who were able to be physically present, and that, of course was a special delight to me. All of them shared songs that had the whole crowd singing along on the chorus.

Chance (Fortunato) and Susette Shiver had me in tears, and everyone in full throat on the chorus, doing Tom Paxton's "Ramblin' Boy." What a perfect song selection, eh? And Chance read a poem Micca had written to honor Amos.

Lucy Goldberg sang "Back Home Again," again a song that everyone joined in on the chorus.

Abby Sale also chose a song that not only had he and Amos sung together, but with a chorus familiar so that all joined in, "I Ride an Old Paint."

Dani wrote some new verses and sang "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". Again, the place filled with the sound of voices joining in on the chorus.

Derek Lane, who West River Getaway folks will know, did a powerful rendition of "We'll Camp A Little While In The Wilderness."

These all stood out to me, not only because of our common ties to Amos that began with either Mudcat or the Getaway, but because all those folks chose songs with choruses that everyone could join, which is the musical context in which I first met Amos in 3D, a Getaway at Ramblewood. So, for me, it was not just celebrating Amos, but celebrating this community.

That is not typically the music scene here, which is more geared to open mics and jam sessions instead of song circles. Amos was comfortable and sought out all kinds of music and gatherings of musicians and/or poets, and his many newer friends made after he moved to Hillsborough also offered lovely songs and poems. As all of those of us who knew him either through this virtual community or in 3D know, Amos had a real gift for connecting quickly with people in an authentic manner. That was abundantly apparent at this large, diverse gathering of people.


17 Apr 19 - 06:52 PM (#3987902)
Subject: RE: Obit: Amos Jessup farewell
From: Dorothy Parshall

Thank you, Janie, for the report. A special guy...