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Hello from lurkerdom.
Today is Rob Sibie's birthday. I believe he would have been 42 years old today. Unfortunately, it also marks 12 years since Rob took his life. Hopefully he's resting peacefully after dealing with the demons of schizophrenia that bothered him in the last few years of his tragically short life.
Those who have been around here for a long time will remember Rob's contributions to this forum and the old Classical Court.
Like this one:
You guys made me listen to this today!
(please forgive my rusty English typing)
I happen to have known Rob to some extend. We used to chat online quite often.
He wasn't an easy person, for sure. He loved music to a level I've rarely seen most do. He had a certain knowledge, given having been a Concergebow subscriber for many years.
I learned a lot from him. I'm not that fond of Mengelberg, but I do think he's mandatory, as far as Mahler is concerned.
I disagree about something I read here on his opinion on Haitink's conducting. We discussed it a lot. He felt obliged to defend Haitink´s conducting, due the lot of Mahler (which he thought close to good), but this conducting was far from being his fave. Anyway, those are minor aspects, with few importance.
I don't know how many members of AA did past away. This was one of them, and I leave here my respect.
Not sure why you guys are mentioning someone whom took his own life???
Why are we mentioning Rob?
As you can see, many of us remember him as witty, intelligent, and extremely passionate about music, philosophy, and life in general. To those of us who remember him, he was quite a unique personality who was fun to communicate with. He brought this site alive for several years, and many of us remember him fondly
Why mention someone who committed suicide?
Rob had schizophrenia strike him in his late 20s. He began hallucinating, which began a string of hospital stays and increasingly strong medication. He became unemployed and unemployable, losing internet access for long periods. I communicated with him the old-fashioned way - pen and paper - to the end of his life. He realized his condition was incurable, and the medications numbed both his mind and his emotions. He also knew he couldn't live without the medication, as the hallucinations would always reappear. Apparently he didn't want to simply survive on the dole, unemployed and emotionless, for the next several decades of his life.
I find it pretty hard to judge someone whose situation was so difficult that I can't even imagine, let alone identify. I perceive his death more as a result of his brain disease than a selfish act.
Well, many people (including musicians) committed suicide, and nevertheless lots of people mention (the issue here) them.
Do consult https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicides (or, at least, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicides_in_the_21st_century) before judging.
Thanks for the reminder Dave. I owe Rob (and a lot of you guys from back in the early days of Music Lane) a lot for helping to nurture and and expanding my knowledge of classical music as a newbie. And having a bit of fun in the process. Still don't know much, but know enough to know what I like, and appreciate the rest.
A lot of us too ;-)
You are one of the saints, my distant friend.
Rob was one of those gifted souls who could create an energy flow that woke people up to "the moment." Some folks here didn't care for his output and railed against him; others of us recognized a kindred soul and reveled in his fascination for what he loved in music.
Rob remains the main music person I've "met" on the web who impacted my engagement with my "real" life. (To be truly truthful, there is one other who affected me at least as deeply - known here as "backtomono" - who I also met here.)
The spirit and energy Rob shared here were, well, hard-edged. Some folks weren't so happy to engage his approach to either humor or music, and that is understandable. But for those of us who relished his take on life, he was a great gift. I myself realized more than one thing in more than one area of my life from him.
I will continue to remember him fondly for as long as I am able.
-=- Charlie F.
I'll raise a glass of Beinum this evening to his memory.
I went to Bin's birthday last week, l'll mention it to him. Few listening sessions go by without thinking of Rob, but that's the problem with having so many Haitink LPs in the collection.
I do miss him and can't believe it's been that long.
I never met Rob face to face, but I greatly enjoyed his posts here. He was the one who first brought the Asylum to my attention in 1999, after we both posted on the old Audio Review site.
In his memory, I'll be listening to some of his beloved Shosty tonight.
"The passage of my life is measured out in shirts."
- Brian Eno
dim echoes of Florestan.
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