« on: October 18, 2009, 07:22:31 PM »
Thanks for your posts, Tom.
I'm very saddened and surprised to hear of this. As you can tell from the responses so far, your brother was well-loved and respected by our tiny ambient community. I remember first hearing from Jim when he was finishing up his ambient/electronic guide, Tracks Across the Universe. His enthusiasm was infectious and I always felt encouraged by his kind feedback and sheer breadth of his knowledge of our genre. I came into ambient music via progressive music, too, so I can certainly relate to Jim's love of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and other classics from the golden era of prog (I was an ELP and Yes fan, too, though I liked much of the late 70s-early 80s punk movement, too (anyone remember Husker Du?)). Jim was never short of opinions, of course, but that's what I always admired about him. I was also appreciative of his support when I had medical problems of my own recently. My sincerest condolences to Jim's family. You all have our support during this very difficult time.