Wilco's Jay Bennett dead

Wilco's Jay Bennett dead

There are 59 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 25, 2009, titled Wilco's Jay Bennett dead. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Jay Bennett was a master in the recording studio, the type of talent who could pick up almost any instrument and make music on it.

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debby

Georgetown, IL

#1 May 25, 2009
Jay, you were an oasis! "Without music, life is a journey through a desert." -Pat Conroy
debby

Georgetown, IL

#3 May 25, 2009
Apparently there are people care; are you heartless? He was a friend to many, he was a son, he was a lover, he was a friend, he was a musician who inspired many. While it may not be your loss, Jay's death was a loss to to all those who's path he crossed. And that he did not cross your path is your loss for not knowing him. Let us grieve and honor him and relish the gifts he gave us. And if you do not understand or get it step aside and let us grieve.
Tim Tuten

Emigrant, MT

#4 May 25, 2009
Jay,
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
We can both know the secret of the sea

WORDS: Woody Guthrie (1939)-
MUSIC: Jay Bennett/Jeff Tweedy (1999)
debby

Georgetown, IL

#5 May 25, 2009
Tim Tuten wrote:
Jay,
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
We can both know the secret of the sea
WORDS: Woody Guthrie (1939)-
MUSIC: Jay Bennett/Jeff Tweedy (1999)
Truer words were never spoken, thnak you Tim.
Meow

New Lenox, IL

#7 May 26, 2009
Tim Tuten wrote:
Jay,
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
Who can guess the secret of the sea?
If you can guess the secret of my love for you
We can both know the secret of the sea
WORDS: Woody Guthrie (1939)-
MUSIC: Jay Bennett/Jeff Tweedy (1999)
Huh?
ouchbabe

Palatine, IL

#8 May 26, 2009
again who is this person?
and why should I care?
Are you kidding me

Smyrna, GA

#9 May 26, 2009
ouchbabe wrote:
again who is this person?
and why should I care?
Are you a fan of Wilco or of Rock music in general? If so you should care because Jay was an extraordinary musician and on a more basic level, a fellow human being. If you were a fan you should care because it's a great loss, if you weren't you should care because a 45 year old lost their life way too young.

RIP Jay, you will be missed.
choochoocharlie

United States

#10 May 26, 2009
ouchbabe wrote:
again who is this person?
and why should I care?
Yet you bother to leave a comment. The more obvious question is why should anyone familiar enough with Jay Bennett and his life's work to post a comment on this story care that you don't?
If these are the kinds of contributions you typically make to the world around you, I have sympathy for you and those around you. Leaving painfully egocentric and attention-seeking comments about the death story of someone you know nothing about is classless and disrespectful.

RIP Jay.
Jason

Chicago, IL

#11 May 26, 2009
choochoocharlie wrote:
<quoted text>
Yet you bother to leave a comment. The more obvious question is why should anyone familiar enough with Jay Bennett and his life's work to post a comment on this story care that you don't?
If these are the kinds of contributions you typically make to the world around you, I have sympathy for you and those around you. Leaving painfully egocentric and attention-seeking comments about the death story of someone you know nothing about is classless and disrespectful.
RIP Jay.
Ditto. This joke from Hanover Park always leaves these kinds of comments. She's a troll.

RIP Jay.
ttx

Chicago, IL

#13 May 26, 2009
Joe wrote:
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Truth Is

United States

#14 May 26, 2009
Wilco sucks. One of the most overrated bands of all time, ever.
Chris

Libertyville, IL

#15 May 26, 2009
A thoughtful article on a talented soul. Jay's footprint on music will be forever played on our iPods, stereos, etc., in such genius albums as Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, showings of what benefited those pieces and what Wilco would miss in The Palace at 4 A.M., and his creative development of and influence on acts such as Steve Pride and His Blood Kin and Titanic Love Affair, not to mention his recent solo work of beautiful, sometimes lonely, songs.

Rest in peace, Jay. Every night I sing "My Darlin'" to my daughter before she goes to sleep, it will be with a heavier heart.
Firearm

Englewood, OH

#17 May 26, 2009
Loved their Being There album.
Meg

Winnipeg, Canada

#18 May 26, 2009
Such a sad loss.

Feeling grateful that I saw him play a live show at Le Rendez-vous in Winnipeg, MB in July 2001, just before he left Wilco. During the show Leroy Bach caught me & my chatty girlfriend bantering away, and told us 'to shush up' from his place at the keyboards on stage.

Later on, as I was standing corrected in the crowd, with my jaw-dropped in awe, I heard the band play Jay's arrangement of Guthrie's "California Stars". It was transitive moment, while during that song an otherwise mundane room, could feel like being "up on a starbed."

Then, as in now, we are all "dreaming a dreaming of you, on a bed of California Stars". Rest in Peace Jay Bennett.
Andy

Madison, WI

#19 May 26, 2009
I had the honor of sharing the stage with Jay on a number of occasions. I also had the larger honor of getting to work with him in the studio. At first, it was "Wow, we're working with Jay Bennett!" But his enthusiasm and passion for music and the creative process quickly turned us into friends. I learned a lot about making music and people. Thanks, Jay.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#20 May 26, 2009
RIP Jay.
Bob

Cicero, IL

#21 May 26, 2009
ouchbabe wrote:
again who is this person?
and why should I care?
You are a fool who has no clue about music or respect.
If you have nothing to contribute, don't show your ignorance.
ray-e

Omaha, NE

#22 May 26, 2009
Jay through his musical and production contributions added swagger and polish to Jeffís vision and in my view was truly co-responsible for Wilcoís ascension to that level where they defy categorization. Wilco has continued to evolve from this point but Jay was instrumental in getting them there. Watch an early Jay era Wilco video and you will see a band at the top of their game as well as a guy having the time of his life. I am going to miss Jay in the world.
Droncz92

Hartford, CT

#23 May 26, 2009
Not to be a **** or anything but really no one really knows who this guy was or who Wilco was.

Now if it were an Ex Member of the Smashing Pumpkins than that would be news worthy.
Droncz92

Hartford, CT

#26 May 26, 2009
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Who are the smashing pumpkins
Yeah thats my point...

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