Sad for us in the Barbershop world, but not sad for Jim, whose
suffering is now over. Just think of who he'll be singing with now.
Years ago, I took voice lessons from Jim, and he was one of the
finest vocal instructors I ever knew. And, one of the nicest people,
One evening I showed up for my lesson, and there were these three
other guys over there. Obviously, they had been rehearsing. Being
new to Barbershop back then, I didn't recognize them, and when I
asked if they were forming a quartet, they smiled kindly at me and
said, we're Side Street Ramblers. This was during the time that Jim
filled in as their Lead. I was, of course, quite embarrased, but
they let me off the hook very easy.
For years I've held him up as my example of what a quartet lead
should be. No screaming tags. No flashy choreography. He just
stood up there, this big man full of love of the song, and sang -
just sang - the heck out of the song. With his big and unbelievably
beautiful voice, he made us in the audience love the music as much as
That's what it takes - and all it takes. And he had it in
abundance. I know Jim is in good company now. God bless you.
Tenor - Flashback Quartet
Tenor - Diamond State Chorus
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Joe De Felice <showglowjoe@...> wrote:
> This is so sad..... A beautiful person and an angelic voice
> has been lost to us. Surely he sings now with the angels
> and is well and whole again.
> RIP, Big Jim Casey.
> Joe DeFelice
> >From: <lloyd@...>
> >Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 23:52:44 -0500
> >Subject: [bbshop] Jim Casey next to last update
> >Jim passed away at about 10:10pm this evening. His and Glenda's
> >family were there for support. At this time arrangements for any
> >services have not been made. There will probably be a service in
> >the last half of this week - Wednesday or later. As soon as
> >arrangements have been made I will let you know.
> >This is a huge loss for all of us.
> >I will see to it that Glenda gets all of the notes you sent to me
> >last week or so regarding Jim and your memories.
> >Please keep Glenda and the family in your prayers.
> >Lloyd Erickson