The voice of Somewhere Beyond Echoes and one of the greatest men
I've ever known, John Tomaske died In November of 2011. I never
made a mention of it in these places where we connected with those
who found our music. It crosses my mind at times, but the task
feels daunting somehow, as if it brings it to a new reality.
Largely, I just
haven't known what to say.. and no words do any of it any justice,
and nothing makes a difference to the fact that he is gone.
His love and passion
to make music the driving force and most important center of our
lives brought me into the same. I would not even remotely be the
person I am now had my life not become intertwined with his back in
Before I met John,
it never really occurred to me to have a band, or to try to make
music my lifes direction. Music was fundamentally the most
important thing I ever knew in my heart. it was the only thing no
one could take from me or dictate what I would do with.
It was always the
thing that I retreated to when I found myself in places or
situations or in company where my heart did not belong. And I think
that above all else is what we shared in common, which made our
brotherhood something irreplaceable. For all the years of laughter,
love, tears, work, difficulty, and battles we fought, sometimes
against one another, I've never known another person on this earth
who understood that feeling of disbelonging the way he did. It made
the whole process of making our music together so much more
important to us. I've never shared that bond with anyone.
It's difficult to
imagine what, if any future Somewhere Beyond Echoes would have.
This band was the love of John and I together. There are times I
imagine finishing our unfinished work alone.. but time will tell if
that is the right course.
To those of you who
were moved by the music we made together, who downloaded the
record, shared it with your friends, shared your experiences of our
music with us...it brought us much joy to have watched that music
grow wings and live on its own.
And I've felt wrong
for not saying anything, because John would have wanted you to know
how much he loved that you heard his voice, read his words, took a
piece of the years of heart we poured into that record.
Thank you all so