Was Martin Brown a quiet man? Well, that depends on what one considers quiet. To us, Martin was anything but. Sure, he called himself Leedsquietman on various online musician communities, but as with many dichotomies on the Internet, Martin was active and vocal, and was a constant helpful entity in our community. In the wake of his passing, he has left many of us to ponder the myriad of ways in which he shall be missed.
While none of us has met Martin in real life, all of us would agree that the extent in which his life has impacted fellow musicians across the globe is anything but quiet. Surely, we have moved past the point of having to physically meet someone in order to call him a colleague, a collaborator, a partner, a mentor, a brother, and a friend. As the threads of etherspace have allowed our planet to become smaller, they have allowed us to reach across physical distances and make bonds. Often, when there is a common thread, such bonds are easily created, and quickly fortified in a language that we all speak, regardless of our mother tongues. For us, that common bond is music.
In recent years, Martin joined us in developing a community of musicians, many of us using similar tools and programs to create our music. As we got to know Martin, we realized that he had an epic love of music, and he was eager to share his knowledge of it. Upon learning of his death, two things became clear: Martin had touched many many more people then even he likely thought possible, and his years with us would not be easily forgotten. As with any viral news, news of Martin's death quickly spread from social networking sites to the forums, and grief followed. The stories of how many people Martin helped with his knowledge of music production, and how kind, generous, and thoughtful he was, all poured out of words on a computer screen, from people he had never met. Indeed, there was nothing quiet about this man.
So when it came to honor him, several of us decided to create a tribute album. Our hope was to not only express our loss, but also to celebrate a life that has passed in a manner that is common to us. The music on this album therefore represents an eclectic collection of people, personalities, and musical styles. Ultimately, we put together an album that we feel Martin (or as we liked to call him, simply, leeds) would be proud of. Our goal was to post it on the web to raise awareness of Martin's life and death, his impact on us, how much he meant to us, and in the process, raise some money for his family.
To that end, we ask you to read Martin's obituary from the Toronto Star, published January 6, 2011, and buy this album. All proceeds will be forwarded to Martin's wife, Judy, and the three children he left behind.
There is no need for the music to remain quiet.
BROWN, Martin - Suddenly and without warning Martin Brown passed away on December 21, 2010 at the age of 39. He died peacefully at home in his wife's arms. He will be forever missed by his wife, Judy, step-son, Brian, father John Brown and his wife Moira Brown, brother Chris and Claire, Russell and Wendy and their 3 children, he will also be deeply missed by his grandmother Sylvia. He was predeceased by his grandma Brown, who he loved dearly. He was a much loved step- brother. Unfortunately his mother, Brenda McGuiness passed away mere days after Martin died while preparing to attend his funeral. Her husband Geoff is in our prayers. He will also be missed by Max and Charlie and Mark and Enzo and many friends. Mass to be held in the chapel at Ward's Funeral Home in Brampton on Thursday, January 6th at Ward's from 4:30 to approximately 5:30 p.m. A small gathering to celebrate Martin's life will be held at his best friend and his wife's home after the mass. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would be appreciated. We love you Martin now and always. www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=martin-brown&pid=147619901