Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people cannot make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We have set up this online book of celebration to give anyone a chance to share their memories of Colin and his music, along with any messages for the family.

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  • Kathy from Northampton wrote on 26 January 2017 at 10:46 pm:
    ?❤can't believe it's been a year. Listen to your music every day. Love to all the family x
    Charlotte from Johannesburg wrote on 26 January 2017 at 9:17 pm:
    Hi Wonderful Life found me when I had just had a miscarriage and was all alone, very far from my family. I played that song over and over again. I ended up feeling like Black was my friend, like we had a connection and if we met on the street he would ask, "So Charlotte, how are you feeling?" I was very heartbroken to hear of his death in January 2016. Then today I was playing that song again on YouTube and realised it was the first anniversary of his death. I continue to be sad. He still had a lot to offer to the world. Because of the connection I felt, I worried about his family and how they were copying with their loss. I pray they are fine. Thank you Black for the lovely music. May your soul rest in eternal peace. May the Lord keep his family strong.❤
    Ada from Warsaw wrote on 13 January 2017 at 11:08 pm:
    I will never forget when I heard the Beautiful Life song for the first time in 1988. I was only 12 and it was exactly six months after my beloved dad passed away. I was on holiday with my mum and younger sister. There was a disco for youngsters under 17 and this amazing song was played. A young boy asked me to dance with him. English is not my native language but I understood words Wonderful life. I will never forget this dance, a very innocent dance but my first one with a boy. I missed my dad so much and thought to myself: is the life wonderful or not? How can it be wonderful without my dad who I missed so much? The music took me away to a different atmosphere. It was almost spiritual experience. I was a child missing my dad but awaiting unknown future. And yes, life is not easy but it is wonderful indeed.
    Nathan Veenstra from Apeldoorn, The Netherlands wrote on 19 December 2016 at 3:01 pm:
    I don't consider myself a fan, but I've always loved Colin's music since he gained mass attention with "Wonderful Life". I've always hated the seemingly happy version Dutch singer Matilde Santing made, she apparently didn't get the irony the song carries. My favourite song is "Sweetest Smile" though. I think it displays pretty much everything Colin stood for as an artist: beautiful melodies, melancholic sounds and great musical arrangements.

    When I heard about Colin's passing, I couldn't believe it. The melancholy in his 1980s tracks is even deeper now with the tragic story of his passing.

    All that I can say now is: thank you Colin. Thank you for bringing the joy of your music to our lives.You were seriously underrated.
    Paul from Usk wrote on 20 November 2016 at 9:08 pm:
    Colin - Found your music while in Europe in the early 80s, and have been hooked ever since. "Black" is simply the best album ever. Thank you for creating such a masterpiece. And to top it off with "Between 2 Churches".... well you went beyond what anyone could ask. Requiescat in Pace.
    Mia from Boston wrote on 7 November 2016 at 3:01 am:
    Listening to your music right now and gutted that such a wonderful lyricist and singer is gone so soon... I hope that his family finds comfort in the fact that he still lives on in so many of us through his wonderful music.Godspeed. ❤
    baz from truro wrote on 25 October 2016 at 6:20 pm:
    sweetest smile makes me love music even more than ever, what a voice rip colin
    paul from Sydney wrote on 16 October 2016 at 11:25 pm:
    My favourite song - - thanks mate
    Steve from HULL wrote on 17 September 2016 at 9:08 pm:
    ?comedy one of my fav albums
    Veronica Poku from london wrote on 28 August 2016 at 7:07 pm:
    you were the music of my uni years and I loved what you did. Just like a falling rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small. Beautiful lyrics. ??
    veronica from london wrote on 28 August 2016 at 2:30 pm:
    I loved Black during my uni years of the late 80s. He was the soundtrack to those years and I absolutely loved 'Comedy.'Just like the falling rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small. Love you Black.?
    Annalise from Toronto wrote on 4 August 2016 at 6:28 pm:
    Colin, I think about you almost every day. You were my lyrical prophet and I will never forget you. That voice, your humour. I am glad I got to meet you. That was quite a day. I couldn't speak. My husband had to interpret for you that I was a really big fan. I can't believe we won't have any more music. I am so sad. You are missed. ??
    Jagdeep Singh from Singapore wrote on 28 July 2016 at 5:59 am:
    To me, Wonderful Life is one of the most beautiful songs ever penned. You will be missed
    Juan from Santiago wrote on 27 July 2016 at 1:20 am:
    Hey!, COLIN is now in Colors.

    His music revives, comforts, inspires, his music makes Us happy. His music in colors.

    ❤♡Black IN COLORS♡❤

    @_jpgo ❤♡❤
    Marion L. from Santa Barbara wrote on 25 July 2016 at 3:00 am:
    My dear Colin, you have been so sorely missed. Listening to you, sometimes makes me cry but, it sure bring me a ton of emotions. I had a chance to thank you directly for that. But I reiterate, here, now. Thanks for everything you brought to this world, to us, to me. I miss and love you. My heart goes out to your family.❤
    Daniel from Jerez de la frontera wrote on 24 July 2016 at 5:10 pm:
    Hola gran perdida de un telento, pero como persona. Aun mas, tu
    musica estara con nosotros siempre al igual q tu gracias por todo
    Ed Elloway from London wrote on 18 July 2016 at 6:18 pm:
    This post is long overdue, but never mind. Goodbye Colin. Thank you for your fantastic music. You will never be forgotten because of your great songs that mean so much to so many. Bless you and your family.
    Ken,debs,sandy,pauline from Naples fl usa wrote on 12 June 2016 at 5:28 pm:
    In our teens Colin we played your Music loud through our house!in our cars also,amazed by your wonderful voice.You will be missed greatly,even my parents loved u!!
    Rodolfo Aver Vieira from Caxias do Sul - Brazil wrote on 4 June 2016 at 7:30 am:
    I had a great change in my life back in 2009. I moved to the big city I live today, coming from the country. At the same time, I discovered Wonderful Life. Yeah, I was only 22 at the time. This music marked me in my new adventures, as in my transition to being an adult. Seven years later, I came back listening to this song. And I'm feeling something I can't explain. It's not nostalgia, but it's totally like I'm listening to this song for the first time.
    Rest In Peace, my friend Colin. My condolences to the family.
    HENRY from Limoges wrote on 29 May 2016 at 8:44 pm:
    Thank you for sharing gardens of your poetry. Thoughts to you and faithfull family and friends
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