Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people could not make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We 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.

We have now closed the Book of Celebration to new entries, but all previous entries remain below to view. 



589 entries.
Thomas from Sydney wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:20 pm:
Although I never physically met Colin, his music and lyrics especially got me through a pretty rocky upbringing growing up.

I could identify with his lyrics and sometimes different way of looking at situations.

I've been an avid fan ever since his first incredible album. He's enhanced my life significantly.

Thank you Colin

Stuart Grant from Chester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:18 pm:
Wonderful Life was one of my favourite albums at Uni in the 80s...a seminal collection and will always be on my playlist. Thanks for being part of my life, your music lives on.

Dominic from Yogyakarta (Indonesia) wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:16 pm:
I'm French, and I've been a great fan of Colin since 'Wonderful Life". For sure Colin has gone too soon, but he'll remain, to me, a great, fine & sensitive artist. I was particularly impressed by his voice and fine melodies. His music will live on, here, in this part of the world where I settled twenty years ago. All my condolences to his family. RIP Colin.

Mark from Carmarthen wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:11 pm:
Rest in peace'll never know how much you and your music will be missed x.

Kelsey Boyce from Durban South Africa wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:11 pm:
"I feel like I'm standing before a bridge and about to draw the long breath..." - none of us knew how true your words would become - as you embarked on your next journey. Your music has been my friend for all my adult life. I got to know you only recently and what a fine person you turned out to be. Your last album was a triumph and I am so proud to have been able to help with it even just a little. You made this world better with your music and your artistry and we are so grateful. I wish your family everything of the best and hope that your music will comfort them in what must seem like their darker hour. Lots of love and Godspeed.

Karsten from Kassel wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:10 pm:
I will always remember you. Your Musik will last forever. RIP Colin

Alastair from Glasgow wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:01 pm:
It has been such a privilege to have been able to listen to Colin’s music live for so many years. From the original days of Black at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow through to seeing him up close and personal in so many venues around Scotland. Thank you for the memories and you will live on in my life through your music until my time comes. Thank You! My condolences to your family

Kelvin Dunn from Cambridge wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:01 pm:
I will always cherish the conversation Me and my brother had with Colin outside the Junction in Cambridge after a magical acoustic concert Also the electric concert at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Your music will stay with me for the rest of my life. Taken to soon love Kelvin and Paul Dunn

Marco Rosenkranz wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:00 pm:
We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Thank you for all you've given us. Your music will last forever. Still so sad.

Jim Wheeler from Coalville wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:58 pm:
So sad to hear of Colin's untimely death. Black provided the soundtrack to my university years and most of my life since then. His songs will continue to inspire and comfort even though he is gone - a lasting legacy. Best wishes with the service and condolences to all his family & friends.

Stuart Cresswell from Welsford, Nova Scotia wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:57 pm:
Thank you for your songs, your music, the art in everything you did. But thank you mostly for being my guide, inspiration, encourager, and my friend. Thank you for sharing a bit of you with me.

Petra from Hamburg wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:56 pm:
I will miss you, Colin. And I am very glad and honoured to see and hear you on stage in Hamburg last November. You were so full with love, plans and smiles. Thank you.

Colin Scarisbrick from Alfeizerao Portugal wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:53 pm:
Tremendous loss of a fantastic musician. I never got to see him in concert unfortunately, but immerse myself in his brilliant music. He has been an unsung musical genius whose lyrics will live on reminding us all of a wonderful life!
Heaven has a new genius. RIP

Gary Greenslade from Bristol wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:52 pm:
Rest in peace Colin

Richard Hinton from Bristol wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:46 pm:
I performed Wonderful Life at my music college audition. It got me accepted. Thank you for such an amazing collection of songs. I will be listening to them for the rest of my life.

Matthias Alexander from Kierspe wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:44 pm:
RIP Colin. We miss you, your heart, your words, your music.

Martin Browne from Farnham wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:42 pm:
I got the Cellars in Southsea to book Colin for a gig. He was on great form, a very special intimate show.

Ken Shaddock from Norwich wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:40 pm:
Thanks Colin for being there through my adolescence . Good memories are forever linked with your music. So fly up to the moon my friend and we will all see you on the other side one day. Respect X

Robin Pullen from THETFORD wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:38 pm:
Words still fail me at the loss of Colin. Having met him I know what a loss he is to his family and I feel so desperately sad for them. The music world has lost a true singer and gentleman but more importantly his family have lost a very precious man and my condolences are with them. On a brighter note I believe that Colin's music touched everyone who heard it and I believe his legacy will live on in his beautiful songs. Much love to all xxx

Jimmy Allen from Richmond Surrey wrote on 18 February 2016 at 1:33 pm:
Living in America with all the wrong musical tastes, I was rather late to Colin's music, but loved it once discovered. Through luck I had a chance to share an evening with him at a wedding and to witness his absolute love for all music and entertaining. What a wonderful, down to earth guy! You'll be missed, but thanks for leaving all these treasures behind...