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Gummo

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His name was Gummo.

He is also known as Sweet Gumster, Fierce Warrior, The International Pop Star, Mr. Withers, Buddy, and Bubblegum Gangster (there was a theme song- thank you Sam and Julie). Those of you who knew him marveled at his ferocity. At his good looks. Many of our New York City friends received bites or leg attacks from him. Many were scared of him until they got to know him and realized he was just testing them.  Many mice did not survive his gaze.

When we moved to Kansas in 2012, he mellowed a little. He got sweeter. Not as much biting and he had his own lazy boy chair right next to Matt’s Dad Harry. He also had a lot of things to explore – the backyard, and grass, and birds, and closets, and stairs and little corners full of musty, dusty things. He loved it.He was still the center of attention at parties or dinners….sitting in the middle of the room and looking handsome. He was always so handsome!

The past few months he’d been seriously declining. He was 17 years old…and I guess I thought he’d get really old with us. I was forgetting he was like 90 in cat years. It wasn’t easy for Matt and I to realize that he wasn’t getting better, but worse. He just wasn’t eating, or moving that much – he was weak and in a lot of pain. The past week he’s hardly moved from behind the couch.

He was suffering a lot….we knew we had to take him to the vet. Yesterday he died peacefully with us holding him. The shock of this is pretty intense.
Those of you who knew him know how much a part of our family he was. He was my muse at different times. I went through a couple years of just drawing Gummo. We put him on the cover of a Schwervon! record. There were so many good moments of him lying on my belly or Matt’s lap, or how he always liked his head held, or how he’d wake us up at 4am by rustling paper or jumping on us because he was hungry.

Gummo.
Thank you for being in our lives.
We loved and love you with all of our hearts.
-Nan

Mashed Up… Joy Division and Captain and Tennille “Love Will Tear Us Together” (Malcom McLaren Remix)

This morning I was struck with the phrase Love Will Tear Us Together. A sort of title mash up of the Captain and Tennile Song: Love Will Keep Us Together and Joy Division’s: Love Will Tear Us Apart. Well, apparently, I wasn’t the first to have this idea. My friend Gareth has pointed me in the direction of this amazing Remix by Malcom McLaren.

A million years ago I worked in a club that used to host several big name DJ’s.  One night they got Peter Hook (from Joy Division and New Order) to DJ a set.  Being a huge Joy Division/New Order fan, I was beyond excited about hearing what he would play.  He did not let me down.  He opened the show with a mellow, haunting mashup of The Captain and Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”  I was amazing.  At that point, I have never heard anything like that before.  Two bands you would never mix together and the result is very cool.  The songs were mashed up by artistic genius Malcom McLaren and I was so mesmerized by the song that I immediately began the hunt for it EVERYWHERE.  It took me YEARS to find it, but I finally got it the other day. …

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