by Courtney LaFavor
Grief is a weird thing. These past two weeks have been filled with a lot of it and most of it I’m personally still processing. I have long lived by the phrase “when it rains it pours” and this go round has seen the flood water of Katrina rising up around seemingly everyone I hold dear. Frankly, 2016 has been a shit-tastic roller coaster ride of tears and panic and I don’t think any of us will be sad to see it end. If someone was trying to build a case for making me believe in a “Heaven”, they could try by telling me that all of the wonderful and talented musicians who have passed this year would be together playing in the ultimate never ending jam session. Included among these acts most recently would be our friend and sometimes guru, G (aka Georgie, aka Patrick Bateman).
This week’s NAPCast is his final recording, left in the masterful care of our wonderful vocalist and fellow Junglist, Roots Iric. G was a unique and gifted human who despite his unorthodox approach to life, was a dedicated DJ who spent many many years making sure Drum & Bass had ears to hear it and hearts love it. We will likely never understand what pushed our friend to the edge of a universe we couldn’t reach him in or where his next journey has led him, but to have this piece of him, letting it speak for him, helps us all work through the many stages of grieving.
While to most people “dance music” implies a release of joy, excitement and positive energy, there is a side of that allows so much more to be expelled. Dance is cathartic and it’s music is no difference. So let this serve as a fresh dose of boogie therapy and let it all out, no matter the emotion. G would be well celebrated to be the soundtrack to that moment of truth.