Crazy notes to myself
Over the years, Jay has had his entire collection of music destroyed, thieved and otherwise used beyond recognition. Countless thousands of dollars were poured into restoring the archives (through full-time jobs) just so the community could hear the latest dub cuts from Jamaica filter through the air during our long hot summers. What drives a guy to give so much to Chico with so little in the way of recognition or repayment? Do I think that we lose valuable artists each year to bigger cities where rewards are higher? Yes, I do.
I remember one time when a very bad person put something in Jay’s water. The next day, I heard Boomshot on the radio, and he sounded, well, kind of weird. I went up to the station and found him slipping underneath his dais, but when it came time to read the public service announcements, the guy sped through the promos like a pro, despite not being able to keep the words on the card. His perseverance, dedication, ability to communicate, honesty, leadership qualities and love for music will be noticeably missed. Bon voyage, buddy!
On a side note, I don’t often get my point across in 400 words. Last week I mentioned that the Friday Night Concerts "used" to be where the "squares" hung out. I still stand by this but would like to magnify: Since that time, the crowds have grown more diverse and become, in my opinion, a much better representation of the Chico community. Now, if they would only get The Asskickers to play!