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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  • Jono from Berkhamsted wrote on 20 March 2016 at 6:33 pm:
    Stephen and Hey Presto are 2 of the songs which provided the soundtrack of my teenage year.Crafted to perfection and not really broadcast to a wider world.
    Gone but will never be forgotten.
    Dominion Theatre supported by Furniture the gig of my life.
    RIP Colin
    Thorsten Schneider from Hamburg wrote on 19 March 2016 at 9:00 pm:
    It is such a sad loss.
    Every time I think of it, I just can not believe it.
    So many years and so much love.
    Your beloved family... - it just breaks my heart.
    It´s hard to find the right words.

    No one KNOWS why humans exist.
    You could have your belief.
    Some people do so, some don´t.
    Some get it back. Some early, some late.
    And some people never.

    But what I do KNOW is,
    that this world was much better with you, Colin.
    So thank you for all the love and life you gave to the world.
    Your friend in mind,

    PS: sorry for my bad english or wrong grammar.
    Isabel Mallart from Mijdrecht wrote on 18 March 2016 at 11:20 am:
    I'm so sad! But I'm glad we've a piece of him in his music.
    N TIBBELS from NEWBURY wrote on 14 March 2016 at 10:06 pm:
    I been a fan of Colin s work since his first ep, and the wonderful life is one of my all time favourite records. I wrote to him once to complement him on the songs on 'are you laughing yet' and I'm honoured to say I got a hand written letter back telling me about the recording process and a wry couple of lines at the end. If I find the letter I will scan and send it to you. His music meant a lot to me. Lots of love to the vearncombe family. Fly up to the moon Colin..
    fernandez marie-carmen from villers sur mer wrote on 10 March 2016 at 5:49 pm:
    Colin Vearncombe was and always be a beautiful artist, deeply human and unique. So talented... We will miss him terribly, we will miss his music and his wonderful deep voice. RIP Mr Vearncombe and thanks for all the joy and wonderfull songs you've offered us
    Pawel from Sopot wrote on 10 March 2016 at 12:25 pm:
    I remeber You when I was 13 in 1987 and I still have the same feeling while listening "wonderful life"- hope, feeling of journey somewhere to unknown, and most of all feeling of beeing young.... it's funny I came back to Your songs recently mayby last year and I was surprised and happy that You still perform your music.....but now I read that You are gone....I am deeply touched by it
    TG from LA wrote on 10 March 2016 at 5:53 am:
    Just feel empty. A friend in my head. Will ALWAYS be one of my top favorites. Gorgeous voice. Gorgeous lyrics. Fly like a bluebird with Bowie ❤️
    c. wrote on 10 March 2016 at 2:15 am:
    Colin's music has been an anchor in my life, especially "History of rock & roll", and it will always mean the world to me. Thank you so much.
    Gary Darbyshire from Worcester wrote on 9 March 2016 at 10:37 pm:
    I was deeply upset when I heard the news of Colins accident. I think it came not long after Bowie, however I wasn't a big Bowie fan but Colin, well that's another story.

    My wife and I saw Colin only once @ Ron Scott's in Birmingham. It was a tremendous gig, I think I had a tear in my eye for most of it, on the one hand because of the voice live and one the other for a talent largely unrecognised. We had a quick chat with Colin after the gig and found him to be charming and genuinely nice.

    We've been listening for over 30 years and will continue to do so until our last breath. For the record "Let Me Watch You Make Love" is one of my top 5 tracks of all time.

    I hope Colins family find comfort in the love that the fans had for him and the place he has in our hearts.

    Love and best wishes, Gary & Loraine
    Paul Emery from Oxford wrote on 9 March 2016 at 1:36 pm:
    Hi, I bought the Wonderful Life album in release and then never looked back. I still return to a lot of Colin's work but mostly the album Comedy which is one of many overlooked classics by him. My favourite song by Colin is Sweet Breathe If Your Rapture from the Black album. It always makes me smile. I always think "Wow! That really should have been a hit single " on every listen like I do with many songs by Colin. I'm a songwriter who's never experienced fame. A source of frustration and contentment similtaneously for me. I got how Colin seemed to sound frustrated that his later work got ignored by the masses but equally I understood that he was happy to continue just writing from the heart and not be a slave to the pop industry. I think I got him a lot from interviews but ... Maybe not. Anyway we've lost a lot of great songwriters this year and I think I'll miss Colin probably more than I miss Bowie. He was a voice from my youth who I really could connect with. I hope his family find some small piece of strength knowing that Colin made an impression and that people did not forget him after the hits. He was writing magic right until the end. Rest in peace Colin and thank you for breaking into my life with your melodys and staying in my soul still now you're gone.
    Janine Smith from Blandford Forum wrote on 9 March 2016 at 11:46 am:
    A tragic loss but a remarkable legacy, thank you for your music, you are greatly missed.
    Tim from Kiel wrote on 8 March 2016 at 8:15 pm:
    Wonderful life is one of the best songs of the 80ies. I heard it a 1000 times and it`s get better and better. A song for the Eternity....
    Poly wrote on 6 March 2016 at 11:51 pm:
    Saddened to learn of Collins passing. This is a most tragic turn of events and he will be missed. My brother Michael knew Collin during the 80's and they worked together on several projects. I still have the record that my brother brought me from England, "It's a Wonderful Life" and I have been hooked ever since. Sadly we have now lost both, my brother Michael and now Collin. My deepest condolences go out to everyone who is suffering this heartbreak. We have lost yet another great artist. RIP Collin, you will forever be remembered, loved and appreciated.
    paul troalic from st lawrence wrote on 6 March 2016 at 12:47 pm:
    I was and still am a massive fan of Black and Colin. Wonderful Life started it all and has remained my favourite of all. His albums just got better and better and were always so thought-provoking. Sat in bed listening to Comedy the other evening and it made me very emotional, not only because of his death but the words of the songs are so acute. We'll miss you Colin aka Black. RIP.
    Fábio V Silva from Goiânia, Brazil wrote on 6 March 2016 at 3:41 am:
    Sorry to know he is gone... So young...
    To his family my best wishes. RIP Collins and thank you for all. Suas canções me recordam excelentes momentos... Yes, a wonderful life
    Miriam from Germany wrote on 5 March 2016 at 12:20 pm:
    Dear Colin
    First of all I have to admit that I am one of these people who – while getting caught up in life – forgot about you and your beautiful music for a while. Now, almost 30 years after I listened to your music for the first time, I understood what I didn’t understand when I was a teenager – that you were an exceptionally talented songwriter, poet and singer! Your music is heartwarmingly wonderful and your voice is just beautiful. I am so grateful that it wasn’t because of your terrible tragedy that I rediscovered you, but about one year earlier, which gave me and my husband the opportunity to experience what turned out to be one of your last concerts and also to meet and talk to you and find out what a lovely person you were. This very special memory can’t be taken away from us and it will stay forever, just like your wonderful music will always be a part of our lives. Thank you so much for the gift you’ve given to the world! xxx
    To Colin’s family and management: We’d like to thank you for all the information and updates you provided us fans with after Colin’s horrible accident and for understanding that while we might not really have known him as a person we are still grieving. We appreciate very much what you did for us while you had to deal with the most difficult situation. Thanks ever so much!
    Miriam & Pat xxx
    Marlice Vonck from Afton, VA wrote on 5 March 2016 at 3:14 am:
    Colin is a catalyst to a greater humanity... He brings the love out of the people, the ability to share... He helps hearts heal and people to rediscover their inner strength... His legacy goes so way beyond his music... Though his songs are heavenly frequencies mixed with pure poetry, that lift us to higher vibrations, they would not mean as much if he wasn't such a kind, genuine, and loving being. Of course, as a human, while on earth, I'm sure he had many flaws, but his beautiful soul was always expressed through everything he did. Like as if he was channeling pure love. Colin has inspired so many all over the world for so many years. I invite you to let his passing into spirit be meaningful and serve as a wake-up call. Put your inspiration to action and share your LOVE with the world NOW making it into a more humane and loving place!
    Please join the Colin Vearncombe Tribute group on FB to join in the Love and take it further... Thank you...
    Gary from Tewkesbury wrote on 1 March 2016 at 6:13 pm:
    Best wishes to Colins family. Saw him many times most recently at the tithe barn in cleeve, always been moved by his amazing voice. His musical legacy is eternal.
    Wayne Wightman from Canterbury wrote on 1 March 2016 at 6:06 pm:
    I first saw Colin back in the late 80s whilst at Liverpool Uni. That performance has stayed with me. Comedy is one of the most beautiful albums ever written and has been the soundtrack to my life since back then. I can't express how sad and sorry I am and would like to thank you for every moment you've shared with me over the last 25 years through your music. Thank you x
    Alejandro from Málaga wrote on 1 March 2016 at 5:56 pm:
    Siempre has estado a mi lado con tu wonderful música, en los buenos y malos momentos. Gracias por siempre COLIN = BLACK. Ya nos veremos en el cielo y juntos cantaremos tus canciones ... R.I.P.
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