I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)


School of Seven Bells

Going along with my last post No One is Making it Out Alive, I was thinking a lot of great people I’ve known who have died, especially the ones who died young.

I was blessed to know Mr. Benjamin Curtis.  There were many who knew him better than I did (his sister and bandmate Alejandra come to mind) and probably feel the void os his presence on a daily basis.  Benjamin and I had several fun late night chats when I was living in his loft in New York one summer as well as when I was in NYC for work over the years.

Rolling Stone released their 10 best covers of 2014  and School of Seven Bells made the list:

“The music world lost one of its most promising voices of the last two decades when Benjamin Curtis (who also founded Secret Machines) passed away from lymphoma last December at 35 years old. His musical farewell was this cover of Joey Ramone’s song (released in June), which he recorded in the hospital while using FaceTime with his bandmate Alejandra Deheza. (Interestingly, Ramone also passed away due to complications from lymphoma.) While the back story of the track’s creation is hair-raising, the duo’s pulsing electro groove and Deheza’s breathy, angelic vocals are downright life-affirming. It’s a heartbreaking coda for one of indie-rock’s most gifted songwriters.”

So crazy and sad, but at least he lived his life the way he wanted until the end. He never gave up and continued to do what he loved and make music until the end.

Thanks for the inspiration, Benjamin.  Your legacy lives on.

Benjamin Curtis