RIP Marty Balin

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RIP Marty Balin

Post by Equinox » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:36 pm

So sad. He was one of the absolute greats.

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Re: RIP Marty Balin

Post by SunshineSue » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:16 am

Rest in peace Marty. You were there when it all started and added your own gentle twist to the sound. :(

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Re: RIP Marty Balin

Post by Nycdave » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:10 pm

Jorma, from Bob Minkin's Facebook:

Requiem For A Friend
Marty Balin
30 Jan. 1942/27 Sept. 2018

Life is a thin thread
It’s a thin little hand on a hospital bed
It’s all the things you’ve left unsaid
Life is a thin thread
It’s a fine line between loving and not
Between holding it back or giving all that you’ve got
Feeling you’re free, thinking you’re caught
It’s a fine line
(Thin Thread by Connie Kaldor)

I was more than saddened yesterday to hear of Marty Balin’s passing. Jack and I were in Northampton, Mass. at the Academy Of Music and we were just getting ready to do our sound check. I knew that Marty had been sick and I knew in a general way that he had grievous issues but I did not really know what they were. Marty always kept a lot of shade on himself. I stood there in the little room in the wings, stage left… struck dumb. What can you say? We always say and hear, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ but what does that really mean? We say it. We have to say it and then in the confines of our hearts we try to process the sorrow and search for the words that really convey what we feel. It is an imperfect process.
Marty and I were young together in a time that defined our lives. Had it not been for him, my life would have taken an alternate path I cannot imagine. He and Paul Kantner came together and like plutonium halves in a reactor started a chain reaction that still affects many of us today. It was a moment of powerful synchronicity. I was part of it to be sure, but I was not a prime mover. Marty always reached for the stars and he took us along with him.

I always felt that he was somewhat guarded… the quiet one. Perhaps that’s because I was one of the noisy ones… I don’t know. It’s probably not for me to say. His commitment to his visions never flagged. He was always relentless in the pursuit of his goals. He wrapped those he loved in sheltering arms. He loved his family. Times come and go but his passion for his music and his art was never diminished. He was the most consummate of artists in a most renaissance way. I always felt that he perceived that each day was a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

It was fortuitous that we were able to stay connected in a loose way over the years. He and his friends graced our stage at the Fur Peace Station in Ohio and he was able to join us at the Beacon Theater in NYC the year we celebrated Jack’s 70th birthday.

Very good stuff!

Coming to grips with reality is a process that starts at birth. I am always stunned when one of my friends passes and yet, it would seem that at some point we will all take that journey. It’s almost like, ‘How can this be? There are things I need to say.’ There were indeed things I needed to say and the fault for that lack lies on me and me alone. I don’t think any of us really think that we will live forever yet often that thought lies dormant in the back of our minds. At my age my world is starting to be surrounded by passing. I will miss my friends who rest on the banks of the River Of Time and I am reminded to make the most of every moment as I am swept downstream! Marty’s passing reaffirms the power of love, the power of family, the power of possibilities.
So many of our brothers and sister from that time are gone. Skip Spence, Spencer Dryden, Joey Covington, Paul Kantner, Signe Anderson and now Marty have all joined the Heavenly Band as Rev. Davis would say.

We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…
Now we are three…

- Jorma L Kaukonen

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Re: RIP Marty Balin

Post by Equinox » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:53 pm

Very good stuff indeed!

I love Jorma. I don't know about all of you but I'm already at a point where a number of good friends have passed. And as he says, I do try to make the most of every moment. Thanks to all of you for being a part of that.
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Re: RIP Marty Balin

Post by acid test graduate » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:07 pm

Nycdave wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:10 pm


We were young together. I would like to think we made a difference. As for Grace Slick, Jack Casady and myself…
Now we are three…

- Jorma L Kaukonen
Delayed in reply. Despite that I'd like to think I'll always appreciate Mr. Balin's contributions.
Thanks for posting that Dave. Do you realize Marty Balin, being a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, which you all know is a San Francisco band, who were seen as having commercial potential (which they did) resulted in record companies searching for other San Francisco bands. Do you see where I'm going? Therefore I'm surprised to see how little attention this thread received. I also believe Marty was in simpatico with the guys in the Warlocks, and their later incarnation.

I had the pleasure of seeing Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore in '89. It was a fantastic show, really aces. You could see as Marty and Grace sang together they really cared for each other, and blended beautifully. I actually came to like the song Miracles that night. Thank you Marty, and rest in peace.

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