Posted 29 March 2005 - 04:36 AM
Crowded House are one of my all time favourite bands and I was incredibly distraught and shocked to hear about Paul's suicide. Maybe it was his because of his 'down-to-earth', joking nature, but he was the sort of guy you felt you knew personally. I think the fact that his public persona was so 'out there' made the news of his death all the more shocking. I feel so sorry for the loved ones he left behind, especially his two little girls. How can children understand something like this? I saw the Finn Brothers play a 'hometown' show at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne last November. It was one of the most special gigs I've ever been to. It was like a Split Enz / Crowded House reunion in many ways. Paul showed up and played with them for a couple of songs, even doing his famous 'Sister Madly' snare drum up the front of the stage routine. I can't believe it was only less than 6 months ago. I'm currently listening to Edible Flowers from the Finn Brothers CD. Even though it isn't about Paul, there are many lines in the song which seem so relevant at the moment... especially "It all ends up the same somehow, I'm hardly here at all". Is this about depression? Depression tends to take the joy out of the simplest things in life, so that every day can seem the "same", and that you're "hardly here", just barely surviving. It is a terrible affliction and a curse of our modern world. (For those who didn't know... Paul had battled with depression for many years).
R.I.P. Paul - we'll miss you mate. Hope they're playing Crowdies songs in heaven :o
Nightswimming... deserves a quiet night
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