Yesterday, the Space Shuttle Discovery departed Earth on it's final mission. Among the cargo aboard, was one astronaut who's name was not publicly announced. My beautiful friend, and band mate- Clare Armory has left our Planet Earth. Her soul has been set free to bless this mad universe that we all live in. I know how difficult that it is to lose a loved one to cancer. I lost my mother nine years ago to the same ravaging disease. It was the hardest thing that I have ever had to deal with in my life. My mother was 57 when she lost her 29 year battle with cancer. Clare was 35. Any age is too young to be taken from us. It hurts so much.
CLARE AT THE LIBERTY INN- Chicago Il. 2009
Being in this Excepter is a crazy thing. Excepter existed at a time before Clare, Lala, Nathan, and me were on the roster. I have fond memories of standing next to these people watching it happen. If you would have asked any of us in 2002, before "KA" came out, that we'd one by one be bought into the cipher to experience the Excepter from the other side of the window... I don't know what I am even getting at... the deep friendships that are created through spending time with one another, playing music, becoming a family- in a sense I've lost a sister. We all have. It is going to be a difficult blow to recover from- Losing our (physical) Clare. Being in a band with two couples is the craziest experience I've ever had playing music.
Excepter is the only time where I never felt bad being a "third wheel" as they say. I was so excited to play Bass Guitar again (after a self imposed six year hiatus) when I knew that Clare would be backing me up on the (digital) skins. It was just the best time- playing music with her. Talking about movies. Hanging out, cooking dinner. Paling around. She was so g#ddamned funny.
NATHAN AND CLARE WITH KSTARKE'S TB303- CHICAGO Il 2009
CLARE WITH ARIEL AND NATHAN- LA 2008
I miss you so much, already. We all do. It all happened so fast.
EARLIER IN THE DAY
Lets do ourselves a solid and send out some positive energy for the Amory and Corbin families. Let's hope that the future can one days give us some answers about this mysterious bitch called Cancer.
I was so privileged to have been able to spend the time with you that I did. I will never forget you and you will live forever! Your "Flesh and Bone" will continue to help others, as did your music, and love. I love you.
CLARE AMORY 1975-2011