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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  • 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.
    Garry from Birmingham, England wrote on 1 March 2016 at 11:50 am:
    What can I say??? A lyricist that seemed to know my very thoughts. Gone but NEVER forgotten – God Bless You –
    Chris and Jennie from Bromsgrove wrote on 28 February 2016 at 6:52 pm:
    We went to see Colin at a gig in Bromsgrove a couple of years ago and was fortunate to meet him afterwards. A wonderful, personal gig, and a lovely man. Happy memories that me and my girlfirend will always treasure.
    Jiri wrote on 28 February 2016 at 4:25 pm:
    God bless Colin and his family.
    gowers david from London wrote on 28 February 2016 at 3:49 am:
    A genius with a voice from the Gods. Thaks Colin.
    Yuko Ikemiya from Osaka, Japan wrote on 28 February 2016 at 3:32 am:
    Dear Colin,
    It is so hard listening to your music without tears, but I still thank you what you left for us.
    Rest in peace my greatest musician, Colin.

    By the way, I 'm the cellist and now practice "Wonderful Life". Hope you don't mind.
    Evren Yılmaz wrote on 27 February 2016 at 11:56 pm:
    dear Colin this was because of you, inspired by you... so just a piece of

    at the end of the route/
    couldn’t even be a sparrow/
    inbetween Stroud’s palms/
    behind the bars/
    who locked me inside myself/
    inside the paralyzed heart

    in my sanctuary (made)/
    of the abyss of and purity my mind/
    behind closed doors/
    evident is just/
    shadows of the dust
    not yesterday’s nor days’/
    lifetime’s dormant it was/
    wrapped on my collar/
    fastened on my neck

    sleep in peace dear friend

    you're and will be missed sooo much

    Thanks for you shared yourself with us...

    it is hard to say farewell
    goodbye beautiful friend, goodbye...
    Mark Allan from Monkseaton wrote on 27 February 2016 at 10:06 pm:
    I thought you were great. I bought your first album after hearing my sister playing wonderful life 7" single repeatedly when it was in the charts and I've followed you since. Your music and lyrics are fantastic. Are we having fun yet was a really great album and proved your diversity as an artist - you will be missed.
    Nigel from London wrote on 27 February 2016 at 11:36 am:
    Great to read some of the posts here and to reflect on how Colin's music was very much the soundtrack to the culmination of my teenage years, along with some of the other 80's artists. Really a time in my life that has many happy memories of discovery and excitement, particularly exploring music and spending hours in record shops, not realising the time and finding little gems - it's not like that anymore. Some music comes and goes, some stays and Black certainly stayed. Wonderful life, sounds special as ever and I only bought Lara Fabian's album in December because of that song, along with her fabulous voice - if you haven't heard it, try it out! To compliment the original and the rest of Colin's music. Long to be remembered, love to your family and friends everywhere, will be thinking of you every time I listen to your music - often.
    Mark from Aylesbury wrote on 27 February 2016 at 10:55 am:
    Thank you for (just) making memories. Rest in peace.
    RT from Glasgow wrote on 26 February 2016 at 9:44 pm:
    One of my most enduring memories of you Colin was your performance of “Sweetest Smile” on ToTP back in the mid-80’s. Your “Here it comes again” is a sublime aural pleasure. I had the fortune to see you perform in Glasgow only last year. I can never hope to fully express my appreciation for the gift of your music. I am so very sorry to hear of your passing.
    Andreas from Athens Greece wrote on 26 February 2016 at 12:02 pm:
    It was in the 80s when a young blonde handsome guy entered the music stardom
    with his unique voice and his sophisticated, artistic music.
    Υears passed, the 1980s shelved and left behind many artists who gave a different life to the music of the time, but also beyond.
    Following him all these years until the last moment, I would like to say a big thank you for the work and the artistic path never committed a discount and to express a major complaint to me for not seeing him live on stage and live this magical journey that began thirty five years ago.

    Thank you for the music. It will accompany me forever!
    Karen Moss Gecko Design from Liverpool wrote on 26 February 2016 at 11:44 am:
    Colin, we never actually met but I had the pleasure of working with your team on the production of your artwork for your albums and poetry books. You were a very talented man and I am sure you will be sadly missed by many. Goodnight god Bless. Karen x
    Elizabeth from creutzwald la croix France wrote on 26 February 2016 at 10:09 am:
    Oh je suis vraiment désolé et trop triste pour la partie de Colin. De verdad muy muy triste por la partida de Colin.
    Daniel James from Hiroshima wrote on 26 February 2016 at 6:49 am:
    My first and only time of seeing Colin live was at university when he was arguably at the zenith of his mass-popularity. 'Wonderful Life' had been the massive hit it deserved and he filled the Students Union with people all hoping for 2 hours of pop. And...they didn't get it which was the whole point-some his darker and more introspective music seemed to turn people off but my roommate and I were transfixed as the lights came down and Colin stood there in the spotlight and sang in a way that is hard to explain and impossible to forget.
    A couple of decades abroad meant I lost touch of what he had done but I came back over the last few years as I found him on the internet.
    A real shame that he is now gone but at least we are left with songs that will never get old and I will never tire of playing.

    My thoughts and condolences are with his immediate family.

    'Rest in peace but rise in glory, for he will ever remembered thus.'
    Jon Roberts from Yeovil, UK wrote on 25 February 2016 at 12:44 pm:
    Like many people, Colin's music meant so much to me especially being of similar age I've grown up with his music. He came across as the reluctant pop star but he never chased stardom it came to him and ever since he wrote and produced the music he wanted! Saw him on a few occasions, each time a great experience, my only wish was to have seen him on his recent tiers but you never expect people to go so soon thus I now have a mantra of not putting things off! A great man who will be sorely missed and I hope his memory will be the greatest comfort to his family. He will never be forgotten!
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