cleaning up so well (jones_casey) wrote,
cleaning up so well

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here's a little ghost for the offering

(mister mikey welsh has gone painting)

i had actually pondered an entry regarding the death of sometime bassist and constant artist mikey welsh when i read the news. decided not to, but then gras asked about it.

weezer in the headline grabbed me & then of course the story of the tweet(s). the main reason i didn't post is that the story seems pretty simple: a self-fulfilled prophecy. he knew he planned to overdose and decided to tweet about it. the dream perhaps a cover, because revealing his intentions directly would only invite interlopers, or perhaps he actually had such a dream and was inspired to enact it. but a plan is not a prophecy. and i think he was smart enough to know the tweet would increase the attention paid to his death and hence his life and life's works. which benefits his family.

which leads me to a side note about suicide. there was a time when i couldn't fathom why anyone (outside extreme circumstances, like, say, a prisoner of war without hope of escape) would want to commit suicide. i still find it hard to fathom how anyone with (non-adult) children could. i would think that children would always be a reason to keep on, both by providing a purpose and joy in life and the foreknowledge of the devastating effect a parent's death would have on a child. george bailey, at least, felt it was the only way he could provide for his family, which seems plausible. but this all because i come at it from a mindset of rationality, and i've certainly gotten used to observing behaviour which seems to me to be irrational.

anyway, a few things almost prompted me to make this entry anyway.
first, his status as a practioner of art brut, which i'd just encountered in another context this week.
then, looking a little at his bio and work (most of his paintings aren't my cup of tea, but i'm glad they are someone's. i did like his photo of his fortune cookie "you are gifted in many ways"), i saw that a few of his exhibitions were at a gallery in his chosen town of burlington, vermont called sanctuary 47.

but on the odd coincidences front, bythos really did give me r.e.m.'s man on the moon while i was writing this.

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