2017 Reading for the Orson Clarke Tribute. As read (spoken word) by Carolyn Fe…
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else…”
We gather, in Montreal, the City of Cities, at Rosewood, THE Club of Clubs, to render homage and tribute to Our Orson Clarke.
Family, Friend, Band-mate or Fellow musician
To Remember Orson Clarke:
Geek, Star Wars disciple
Camaro gasser, Aquarium filler
BBQ worshiper, Fridge emptier
Alien funkin’, Bootsy bassin’
Conversation starter, Conversation ender
Master of Ceremonies and Joker of the Court.
We bid you Welcome to this evening’s merriment, and thank you for your participation and support.
This year, our word of the night is Gratitude.
We share the gift of gratitude this night, because it is the gift that Orson Clarke imparted to us in the Time he spent with us. For those that knew Orson, He was the ultimate definition of the wod share. He shared his:
Fandom & geekery
Love of food, but not necessarily what was on his plate…but he would describe it to you, aroma texture and scent…in great detail, but that he best enjoyed himself.
We remember him tonight through the music he left us, by giving some back, and paying it forward.
Like from Jedi to Paduan
Like from Batman to Robin,
and like Prince to, well, Everyone…
Orson was, and is, one of those Soul’s that always had a smile that warmed your heart and a laugh that echoed through the rafters. (and it echoed, and echoed…and echoes still)
He argued for fun and debated for sport. That’s what made him Orson.
He put the Fun in Funk (always with a capital “F” or “Ph”, and always held his end of the groove as much as any conversation and friendship.
On stage and off, he conducted his Life the same way.
He lived it with One Love, and he lived it with Gratitude.
“O” loved his Family.
He cherished his friends.
He lived for his music, and was more than passionate for his hobbies and interests.
And, He shared All.
You knew of his passions, as IF he would ever be shy about them.
A walking musical encyclopedia, he could illustrate and or educate you on any of some of the 10,000 songs he was reputed to know. He’d walk and talk you through the progressions and changes, keys and breaks, and be warned should you beg to differ. The volume would rise, but only in accordance with the smile that hid behind the power of debate.
Not just about music, but about cars, trucks, science fiction, superheroes, fish..and the all powerful wordcraft related to the consumption of the culinary arts. All these passions made the man that shared them with us, and gave us cause to call him Friend.
This night, We regale in Orson’s Spirit, we share in our loss, we pay it forward and play tribute to the love of the music he left with us.
“One Love” binds us this night, on this 4th anniversary gathering.
Thank you for sharing, being part of, and participating in each given way.
It’s all about the memories, it’s all about the music.
But most of all…it’s all about our One Love for Orson.
These notes are for you.
Amen my friends, have a great night. Enjoy, reminisce, talk, share, play…and have FUN!
May the Funk Be With You!!!
(written word, Rik Roe)