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Re: “RIP Luke Hunsicker

Luke was more truly humane than most humans ever manage to be. I first met him as a pony-tailed (well, both of us) 15 year old in art class, already a sensitive artist (always reminded me both physically and in his work of Egon Schiele). Our musical worlds were expanding rapidly, mine in listening, and his in listening and making. I still remember talking him into listening to some Radiohead (b-sides, I think) while he was already transitioning from metal to far hipper, more local-oriented stuff--and still he gave me a chance. We sat in a car once in front of my house in the rain, unable to go inside because we were having too much fun playing the "you've got to hear this" game on his car stereo.

While I always existed at the periphery of "the scene," and he came to be its heart, he was always warm and welcoming, making me feel included and like someone whose ears he trusted. The few times I ever played music with him, he made me feel far more worthy than I deserved to feel--I knew nothing, he was greatly skilled, and it didn't seem to bother him at all. The last time I saw him was nearly four years ago, (I think) before he became ill, and for all the accolades he'd found through the Princes (a loooong way from Saturnine and 613 Mob), he hadn't gone even the tiniest bit "rock star". Few people who leave the world at 29 will have left so many people better for having known them. Luke made everybody better.

Posted by soundslike on 08/25/2010 at 7:12 PM

 

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