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Jamie Chez - Last comments http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?disp=comments en-US http://backend.userland.com/rss092 In response to: A sad announcement Jamie Chez, I still cannot believe you are gone. Is this real??<br /> I am so fortunate to have met you and was one of your roommates with Michael Sherwood in LA. You made the house come alive with your energy, your soul. I remember staying up all night talking .. and as you would say "solving the world's problems". You would make me laugh and ease my tensions. I loved to watch you perform. You were passionate about your music. I remember the first night you performed flowers and butterflies. The moment you hit the stage, you were sharing your gift, and there was no denying you were born to be there. I have thought of you often since I moved away. and I am so grateful that we were able to reconnect in 2004. Your voice the same smooth, hip tone. Your quick wit, and contagious laugh. Your pride and love for Nova was overflowing. What a remarkable gift you and Cheri have left the world. I only wish I could have seen you more. Had the opportunity to meet your family and the blessing of seeing you as a loving caring father. I know you are looking over us all and sending that love to sooth the loss we have endured. You are missed. You are truly missed and you are in my heart. http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1878 In response to: A sad announcement A Butterfly Did Flutter By<br /> <br /> He passed with flying colors<br /> Giving his talent to others<br /> <br /> Giving freely of the light inside<br /> Not even knowing how to hide<br /> <br /> People were attracted to his glow inside<br /> Not even knowing how they were tied<br /> <br /> Of this man that they passed one day<br /> Sensed a special feeling that wouldn&#8217;t go away<br /> <br /> The magnetism, the eyes, deeper meaning they had to say,<br /> Meet him now, don&#8217;t let him slip away<br /> <br /> Bask in his glow this special one<br /> A brief encounter with this Mother&#8217;s dear son<br /> <br /> We come out better on the other side<br /> When we meet God&#8217;s gift, even though now he has died<br /> <br /> Yes he was God&#8217;s gift to us, for this we thank him much<br /> Even though he has passed away, we will meet him on our final day<br /> <br /> He brought us light, he brought us love<br /> He lived life right, Divined from above<br /> <br /> Thank you Lord for this gift we received<br /> Forgive us if in his taking we felt deceived<br /> <br /> Your special gift to us blessed our lives<br /> His memories we will hold Holy and will survive<br /> <br /> Your ways are perfect we know true<br /> Thank you for this gift from you<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mark W. Schember http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1711 In response to: I was feeling a bit sentimental and was going through photo albums from 20 years ago and came across a drummer who was going to "make it big someday". His name was Jamie Chez and he lived in the apt building in Mpls that my husband and I were caretakers of. He came to my 21 year old daughter's first birthday party and spent a lot of time at our place talking and goofing around. I decided to see today if he "made the big time" and found this website. I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. When I knew him way back, he was a very light hearted spirit and I loved being around him. Heaven will certainly be blessed with his presence there. God bless.<br /> <br /> Christine, Minneapolis http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1364 In response to: A sad announcement Touching The Angels Wings<br /> <br /> Once upon a time we heard him sing<br /> He strummed the old guitar strings <br /> <br /> Once upon a time we heard him play<br /> Only to be remembered another day<br /> <br /> The old guitar broken and dirty<br /> He made sound golden, melodic and pretty<br /> <br /> I could never make it sound that good<br /> Only a true musician could<br /> <br /> His voice carried through the air<br /> In this moment I had no care<br /> <br /> In those moments I had release<br /> And felt such a gentle peace<br /> <br /> Now when he plays and sings<br /> It only touches the Angels wings<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Moki Chez<br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1209 In response to: I knew Jamie a lifetime ago it seems. Back in junior high school. I have never forgotten him. Junior high kids can be really mean. That was a time in my life when a lot of kids were really mean to me, not Jamie, he always treated me with kindness, and was never worried about what other people would think and I have never forgotten that. I had not seen him or talked to him in almost 30 years, but when I read that he had left this life I was very sad, But I am also very happy for him for all he accomplished in this life and his beautiful family!!!!! <br /> <br /> Thankyou Jamie!<br /> <br /> Nancy<br /> NPelton3@hotmail.com http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1113 In response to: A sad announcement Happy Birthday Jamie! We miss you down here and think of you often. Peace, my friend. http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1103 In response to: A sad announcement Our James<br /> <br /> The World has lost another soul,<br /> Now in our lives remains a hole.<br /> <br /> Of this event we had no control,<br /> It hit us hard and took it&#8217;s toll.<br /> <br /> We think of him often and miss him so,<br /> We never thought that he would go. <br /> <br /> He brightened our lives and touched deeply us all<br /> Whoever knew Dec. 24th. would be his call.<br /> <br /> The music, the smiles, he gave his all<br /> We didn&#8217;t resist a bit his thrall.<br /> <br /> June 18th, his day in the year<br /> Remember him well, with good cheer.<br /> <br /> Oh Brother, Oh Friend, Oh Son you were,<br /> You are in our hearts, please know this for sure.<br /> <br /> The wholeness of our Love for you,<br /> Be with you forever, I wish it true.<br /> <br /> As you look on us, those you knew,<br /> even if our hearts are blue,<br /> Know our Love fills the skies,<br /> A reflection of the Love from your eyes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> MWS http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c1073 In response to: A sad announcement Jamie was special. All you had to do was take one look at him and you could tell. Those eyes (!). That hair. That beautiful smile. You could just tell there was something magical about him. Back in the late 70&#8217;s when I met him (and I bet probably every single decade since) every female within 30 miles wanted to be in Jamie&#8217;s presence. The girls of Apple Valley loved him. He was special, yet if he knew it, he didn&#8217;t let on. He was never arrogant, never assuming.... he was real, always friendly, always gracious &#8211; and when I got in touch with him about 3 years ago he was exactly the same friendly and gracious guy I remembered. It was nice to see that California and the music biz hadn&#8217;t seemed to change that. <br /> <br /> Three of us who had known Jamie from Apple Valley High School were going to LA on holiday and I got in touch with him. We exchanged some phone calls, emails and photos of our kids (he was so proud of Nova!), and arranged to meet at his place one afternoon, but it rained that afternoon and, of course, everyone in LA forgot how to drive &#8211; traffic was barely even crawling and we had time issues. We had to cancel. &#8220;Well, next time we&#8217;re out there...&#8221; we said. Damn that LA traffic!! <br /> <br /> I am so very saddened to hear of Jamie&#8217;s death. My heart goes out to his family. I can&#8217;t even imagine the loss you all feel. I have to say though that I feel comforted and happy that Jamie had so many people that loved and cared for him... happy that he followed and fulfilled his dreams with his music... happy that he found and knew true love... happy that he knew the great joy of being a parent... happy that Jamie had a fabulous life in the short time he was here... because a lot of us never get to know some of these things. Jamie was lucky...and definitely special. http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c335 In response to: So sorry to hear of the loss of such a beautiful person, inside and out.My heart goes out to Jamie's family.Love from MN Char http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c254 In response to: Tribute movie and photo album THANK YOU for creating this tribute to Jamie's life. I don't know the words to express the joy of being able to see these moments of Jamie's life.<br /> <br /> What an amazing man ...<br /> <br /> Thank you.<br /> <br /> Tim Bradley http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?blog=8&title=title_2&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c81 In response to: Tribute movie and photo album <br /> Thank you so much for sharing the video along with all the great photos!<br /> <br /> The memorial was beautiful... so much love!<br /> <br /> God bless!<br /> <br /> Steve<br /> <br /> <br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?blog=8&title=title_2&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c80 In response to: Tribute movie and photo album Just a HUGE THANK YOU to Griffin Gardner and Cheri and Lawrence Littleton for the video!<br /> Little brother . . . http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?blog=8&title=title_2&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c78 In response to: A sad announcement i met Jamie about twenty years ago exactly in Minneapolis. we lived in the same house with Jimmy Black and Scott Durand. my memories of jamie are all good. he was a brilliant musician. humble, and multi-talented. like most of the great musicians i've met. unaware of how important he was to this world. and a genuinely nice human being. Jamie's talent and kindness were way to big for the business. though we'd only been in touch occasionally since minnesota, we kept in touch. i saw him play in s.f. on two occasions and it was the best buzz seeing him. when you can see someone after years and it still seems like you met up with them just yesterday. since i heard the news i can't really express how much i miss him. strange for someone i haven't seen in five years. guess i'll have to see him on the other side now. sleep well my freind. <br /> <br /> your pal,<br /> jamie<br /> <br /> The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. ~Seneca http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c76 In response to: A sad announcement I don&#8217;t believe in coincidence.<br /> Certain popular songs bring Jamie into my head, they always have. They&#8217;ve always been good thoughts, nothing dramatic, just a memory, a conversation, a chance meeting when we were both on the road. <br /> He loved my stories of two wheel adventure in the backwaters of America. I&#8217;d always throw in the music culture because I know he loved to hear it.<br /> One trip that comes to mind is a run I made into Mississippi, along the river. I&#8217;d stop at every little hole-in-the-wall along the levy taking in all the culture I could find. Three old men and a woman were sitting on a porch in a couple of rockers and a porch swing, with instruments one hot afternoon; so thinking of Jamie, I wheel my bike up to the yard in front of their porch and asked directions.<br /> I wasn&#8217;t lost; I just wanted to learn what I could learn from these folks and maybe hear a tune to tell Jamie about. They were nice folks, and set their instruments down along the wall of the house and told me all about themselves! They talked about their town, its history, segregation, racism, the river, the high cost of tomatoes, and their families. In two hours, I got three generations of history and learned plenty about happiness, attitude, hard work, and good times. They had lived full lives as the world they grew up in spun out of control all around them. They didn&#8217;t understand it, and they didn&#8217;t care.<br /> They only had one collective regret. They never got to go to Memphis to play the Blues. They had all went to listen, but just once they wanted to play. I asked them &#8220;You folks any good?&#8221; The women piped up with a wail that sent me back 2 steps and the rest reaching for their instruments. What a voice! They played a couple tunes that would blow away any room.<br /> He asked me &#8220;Why don&#8217;t you tape that stuff man, its priceless?&#8221;<br /> I told him I was enjoying it to much to think about it. <br /> He quipped &#8220;Why didn&#8217;t you tape it for me?&#8221; <br /> I told him &#8220;You were the reason I stopped in the first place!&#8221;<br /> His drawn out hushed reply &#8220;Cool man&#8230;&#8230;.&#8221;<br /> <br /> Someone wrote this line in a song a while ago &#8220;If you believe in forever, life is just a one night stand.&#8221; I think Rock &amp; Roll Heaven needed a drummer and they hired the right person for the job. <br /> <br /> Critter<br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c75 In response to: A sad announcement Now that's clever, Moki Chez, I must confess (to keep the rhyme going).<br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c74 In response to: A sad announcement Heading East<br /> Leaving the West<br /> Just had to bury<br /> One of the best<br /> <br /> My heart was a mess<br /> But now it's blessed<br /> As I leave the West<br /> <br /> His older brother <br /> I was a pest<br /> But that all changed<br /> When we left the nest<br /> <br /> I did my job<br /> Because when we laid him to rest<br /> We all knew he was the Best<br /> <br /> Marcus Chez<br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c73 In response to: A sad announcement Upon Jamie's passing my faith was severely shaken and challenged. When I saw the love that people have for Jamie, and how they expressed it, it softened my anger toward God for taking my son, and I was convinced that Jamie is with Him, hence in a better place. I am blessed to have known Jamie, to have re-connected with him after many years, and to have had the chance for us to get to know each other. We had always planned to spend even more time together.<br /> When Joey said that he knew Jamie for 25 years it reminded me that many people have known Jamie for much longer than I have...and I grieved for the loss of those years. When Joey said that Jamie really loved me, and called me &#8220;Papa Chez&#8221;, I prayed that Jamie knew how much I love him. <br /> Jamie's attachment to butterflies prompted that theme for the event, for the music, for the tributes to him and for the gesture of releasing the butterflies in the patio area. The theme seemed to unify all of the messages about Jamie.<br /> This gathering of family and friends to honor Jamie was a blessed event...his soul was present among all of our souls, and we were spiritually nurtured.<br /> I was also impressed with the caliber of musical professionals with whom Jamie interacted and who liked and loved him. Their music was wonderful, expertly performed, and moved my soul. They came from distant places to acknowledge their love and to honor Jamie&#8230;a blessed group they are.<br /> I'm listening to the Tangletown CD, grieving over Jamie, crying...realizing that he will never play again. I guess it's finally hitting me...I hate it. I...hate...it!!! Still, I am praying a lot...trying to understand&#8230;trying to determine if there is an understanding. I remember Joey intimating that he seemed more focused on business than Jamie. What I hear regarding Jamie in this CD is a man, who had perfected his craft...and doted on precision playing, even though he was not featured in any of the pieces they performed. That's the Jamie I knew, wide-open creativity and crisp precision in his playing. Having watched him perform several times, I remember his intensive concentration on percussion, with a sharp ear to the other performers. His friendly, outgoing personality carried him through his business dealings, and his honesty and integrity won him business. It surprised me when he began to work for CarMax, but I understood that he was simply putting his skills to work for his family. Some of these things I know about Jamie, but I still have much to learn about my son.<br /> Jamie is gone, but is with me. I am continuing the many and different conversations he and I started.<br /> I am so very thankful that Jan and Marty, in their love for Jamie, launched him into his creative self where he became fulfilled.<br /> <br /> http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=a_sad_announcement&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c72 In response to: A couple more thoughts:<br /> Fred, thank you for setting up this site. I left your name out of the 'thankyous' before and this has been an absolute God-send for all of us to pass information and get our feelings dealt with over this terrible loss. You are a special friend to all of us, even those you've not met.<br /> Jamie would be so pleased to see how a hundred and some-odd total strangers have pulled together and made some good come of his passing on.<br /> Lastly, Jamie's website is still up and running and will be maintained. I've added some photos of Jamie and Nova as well.<br /> http://www.chezmuzic.com<br /> Jamie put the site together and I've updated it somewhat but it is basically as he originally had it. There is a BIO page that shows what my kid brother has been up to all these years. Like he told me once, "I have a great resume but that 'fame thing' is fake. I'm still taking out my own garbage and sweatin' the rent."<br /> There's also a DOWNLOAD page with Jamie's music on it, about 20 or so songs and bits of songs that he was trying to market.<br /> God's peace to all our hearts,<br /> <br /> Michael http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c71 In response to: A glimpse from the past....Vintage 1976. Growing up with Jamie and going to A.V.H.S. We live our life on the 4th &amp; 5th level of his house, with brothers Bob, Mark and friends. I thought we had the world by the balls, yet we learned so much. Jamie was the most in touch with his emotions. Has gave me so much insight into the spirit of life. Never down, always happy and upbeat. He could bring you out of a depression in a minute. Magical and carefree was his life. The world will truly miss him and how he touched us all.<br /> Always in my heart,<br /> Mike (&amp; wife Sherri) Stark http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c70 In response to: Thank you Everyone who performed at the Celebration of Jamie's Life. Michael Sherwood, you gave away two boxes of TANGLETOWN. I thought that was such a generous gesture. Some time ago I read an interview with Michael by Julius Robinson about TANGLETOWN:<br /> <br /> "Q: Your new record is called TANGLETOWN.... What does that mean?<br /> <br /> MS: TANGLETOWN was something Jamie [Chez], our drummer, said when we were putting together Jimmy Haun's studio. He looked at the wires, he said "Tangletown." He being from Minnesota, I didn't realize that was an area of St. Paul. It sounded like a song title. I wrote [the album's title track] around the idea, like a tour guide taking you around this weird place and<br /> pointing out all the craziness. It's a metaphor for L.A., for the music business, and my twisted group of friends. Most of them worked on the record, a parade of real talent from my world."<br /> <br /> I can't express adequately how cool it was that all of you put this together for our brother. We learned about Jamie from you, from your anecdotes and songs and tears. That's a gift that can never be repaid. For my part, I can only offer a forever gratitude.<br /> <br /> Joey and all of you who did all the work and set up and cleaned up and put up, you should know that you provided the setting for a gathering of Jamie's family that has never taken place before. All of us, Jamie's siblings, as well as cousins and relatives, came together as never before. It was restorative, healing, a sweet saturation in the love of family that I have not personally known in a long, long time. <br /> I should have friends like you.<br /> <br /> May God repay you.<br /> <br /> His peace to every heart,<br /> <br /> Michael<br /> DocSanchez@juno.com http://novasfund.org/blog/index.php?title=title_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c69