15 June 2014

It is my sad duty to inform the readers of Gulf Coast Bluenote that its author, Paco Malo, has passed away.

As you may have imagined, "Paco Malo" was a pen name. I want to say a few words about the man I knew as "Jim".

We met in high school, and were friends for more than forty years. Jim was a gentleman and a scholar. He held a PhD from Johns Hopkins, and a JD from U of Maryland Law School. He loved to laugh, and did so in spite of a life too often touched by pain. He was a compassionate and generous soul. Jim was that guy who really would have given you the shirt off his back.

And he loved music, man did he love music. The GCB blog was his way to share that love and his wide-ranging knowledge of all things musical. Jim loved the community of blogging, the back and forth of comments, the connection with his readers. On his behalf I say to every reader of this blog, thank you.

For me this post completes a circle. Back in the day when blogs were a new thing I ran a blog, now long shuttered. Jim was fascinated, and had the idea to contribute guest postings, always about music. After a bit of that, he decided to go solo, and Gold Coast Bluenote was born.

Over the years Jim and I shared many a musical discovery. The last note I sent him contained links to a couple of performances I think he would have enjoyed. I don't know whether he got the chance to watch them. I will post them here, for you his readers, his friends.

The first is a bluegrass cover of "Wild Horses" by Old and In The Way. Jim was huge Stones fan, and he appreciated good bluegrass. The second performance features the superb Ana Vidovic. Jim never could resist a guitar.

I hope you enjoyed those, Jim. Ave atque vale, my friend.

One more thing. One of Jim's musical collaborators is going to try his hand at running GCB. That's a tall order, but I think Paco would have been pleased.



Baluja said...

Drc, thank you for remembering Jim with such eloquence. I know that the work he did on Goldcoast Bluenote was a huge part of his identity during the last decade of his life. He was doing what he loved to do, and I'm certain that whenever his words had an impact on a reader, he was happy. There is nothing more that I would like to see than for GCB to remain accessible to anyone who might stumble it while searching for information on topics that Jim wrote about. My objective is not so much to add to the content Jim provided, but to redistribute many of his blog entries throughout various social media platforms that I am involved with. I'm confident that Jim would have stood behind this effort. There's simply too much work that has gone into this blog to be discarded.

Patti said...

What a beautiful tribute to Jim!

He was a wonderful friend, and my life is richer for having had him in it.

Two days after his death, I wrote a tribute to him on my family-style blog. Today, I copied that piece to my classic film blog, for it was through classic films and The Golden Age of Hollywood that Jim came into my life.

whiteray said...

I am heartened that the work Jim did as Paco Malo will continue to be available, and I continue to grieve his death. He was a frequent visitor to and commenter at my blog, and my other readers and I will miss his insights and his spirit. As one of my readers said when I wrote about Jim, he was a member of the tribe and we are all diminished.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

I just now learned about this blog via another blog I 'Follow' ('They Don't Make Them Like They Used To').

Wish I'd known about this one earlier, but I'm now a new 'Follower' of it.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'