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This has always been my favorite article by Leslie. Read it and smile. - A Brief Catechism of Rock Shows, Part I.
Leslie's impact is all over the web today and while some may find mourning over the internet tacky or shallow, it is a fact that Leslie had friends from all over, most of them due to the internet. It's how we met. All because of a music review on 75orLess. She then joined our staff, writing for us when she felt like it. It was our pleasure to have her because anyone who spoke to her for more than five minutes knew they were talking to someone who was real, funny, genuine, honest and more talented than anyone you had ever met before. She was a web design and publishing pioneer on the internet. Her infamous yearly Advent calender was touching and funny. She had better taste in music than anyone else- including you. She also put things in perspective, by managing to make time for everyone despite having physical ailments and emotional tribulations most of us will never have to go through.
I had the pleasure of travelling to new york city with slatch to sleep on her floor one night 4-5 years ago. she gave me a box of Richard Simmons "Slimmons" toffee popcorn as a parting gift, which i still have. i also had the pleasure of dining with her while out in san francisco twice over the past few years, once a thai restaurant and the last time, a homecooked vegetarian meal that she made for us. delicious. i found a copy of the Rex "Waltz" ep at Ameoba records that day and i happily handed it to her. it was a special cd for the both of us, one of the bands that we initially bonded over. now in what is a very bittersweet moment looking back, it was leslie who emailed me to let me know that michael dalhquist was killed. it is also even weirder that the very last silkworm cd, "chokes" arrived in the mail for me this past week. most importantly, she was the person who invited me to join the "squat" cd music exchange club run by todd levin and through that music exchange, something that had nothing to do with music ended up changing my life.
Leslie wrote this about the senseless and tragic death of Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist's in 2005:
[Any] sense of sinecure you have is largely a construct, a coping mechanism your brain gives you as a little present so you can get things done and not obsess constantly about all the random things that could go wrong. When you're playing the "What if?" game - "What if I'm hit by a bus? What if lightning strikes?" it all sounds so ludicrous. Then something like this happens, and the next thing you know, you're sitting behind the wheel of my car at a red light trying to figure out if the guy in the Taurus pulling up behind me is slowing down fast enough.
Saying it could happen any time sounds so morbid and pessimistic, but I think I'm going to take a different reading of it. Thanks be it could happen at any time, because that will remind me to love with full force, speak my mind, trust my heart, do my best, make a difference, give more selflessly.
if you didn't know her, here is just a sample of some of the things that are currently online regarding her work, articles, companies, and thoughts on her passing. god bless you, leslie harpold and thank you for being my friend.
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