Vancouver BC based musician Ray Medway composed, produced and played all instruments in this tribute to his major influences - Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Kevin McCormick. Filmed by Ray and Nick Springate in Ray's studio August 19 2010
As an added treat Click Here to watch the whole Hendrix tune "Jam Back At The House" from Woodstock - one of Kev's all time favorite videos - enjoy, and do drop by his place near the corner of Robinson and Foster in Coquitlam - he would love to have you stop by for a visit!
We all know that Kevin was not a big Christmas fan (other than Turkey dinner with his family), so I created a seasonal video that he hopefully would approve of. Please enjoy these memories and have a safe, happy and Rockin' new year!
PS: To see and hear some of Kev's favorite kind on entertainment, check out Rick Fedyk, Ray Medway and Gino's latest tunes at www.GoSee.TV - they really know how to ROCK!!
"Many, many thanks to Guitar Master Tony "Del" Giglio for guitar instruction & mentor-ship"
The Kevin McCormick Memorial Fund became the Kevin McCormick Memorial Music Fund Society this year with the Mission Friendship Centre taking tax deductible donations directly, please contact Laura McKye at 604-826-1281.
Also the program itself evolved into group lessons of 6 so that we could help even more youth. 6 beautiful top of the line acoustic guitars, an electric guitar with amps, guitar stands, etc. each with a beautiful brass plate engraved "donated in loving memory of Kevin McCormick".
We are now well into our 2nd year of lessons. Our new guitar instructor this year is guitar master Tony "Dell" Giglio who is absolutely fantastic & the kids love him. They've been able to accomplish a lot with the guidance of Tony in a very short time.
Please see the recent video of the guitar students playing for the audience. They are really having a lot of fun with Tony. Special Thank you to Tony "Dell" and a very special Thank you to John Alfano for taping the event, it was a great night.
One of the last promises my brother requested was that I deliver an inheritance to his son in Fiji. It was not the first time we spoke of it but it was the first time he requested I take it to him in person.
He said more than the money he had left for his son, he had hoped I would do my best to extend our family to Damien’s in Fiji and further strengthen the bond that had formed when Damien came to visit Kevin back in 2006.
2008 was a difficult year for my family with the loss of our Kev’. We have all struggled with this loss and the hole it has left. It seemed to me a perfect way to get some closure and wash away the terrible year this was.
Originally I had planned to take the trip alone and to try and experience as much of what Kevin saw in this place as I could but I realized that my Dad Lindsay might benefit from washing away the year by dipping his toes in that Ocean as well so I asked him to join me.
Turns out it was something he very much wanted to do so the two of us set out on our greatest adventure together. In doing so we encountered such kindness and generosity from the most gracious people I have ever come across.
Small wonder Kevin loved this place and these people and I am so glad he talked me into this trip. One more thing I’ll need to thank him for when I see him again. While there (32 years after Kevin was there), I was approached by 3 different people who had been staring at me and each eventually got the courage to come and ask if I was Kevin’s brother.
I was so amazed after all this time that they would see him in me and I was very touched by all the stories they shared. There were many moments where I could swear he was there with me and one particularly vivid dream I had while I was there where we sat on the beach and he told how glad he was that I got to know this place and this part of our family.
The trip was amazing on so many levels but none more important than being able to ensure that Damien is part of us now as are his entire family and village too. I can hardly wait to return with my sons and Lori and watch them as they experience this amazing place and get to know the rest of the family from Levuka.
The slide show does not do it justice but I hope you enjoy it just the same.
Pick a tune above to enjoy a 1984 Jam Session at the Port Arms - The ZZ Top tunes are 5 minutes long and the Jam Set is over 30 minutes. There is more to come - these are very low grade recordings but the performance is grand.
“Maybe I’ll be there……. And maybe I won’t”
Awoke from a dream last night, …… turns out it was reality,
Ol’ boy Kev had made a commitment to mortality,
Over the years, a commitment phobic kind of guy he was,
Plan a party, he might not show—just because,
(Maybe I’ll be there…… And maybe I won’t”)
But damn he was cool, and quite charming too,
He loved the ladies, and as for a friend, he was true blue,
He didn’t take guff, he was his own man,
A strong-willed guy with a governing hand,
Eccentric you say?
I say no way!
It was just always, Kevin’s day!!!
Nick Springate would often say: “Kevin was an entertainer”
(A stage kind of guy---A real performer),
Well Nick, you were right,
And thank you for capturing Kevin on film and in the spotlight!!!
He loved all the attention, without a doubt,
An audible guy with passion to shout!
Jimmy Barkasy, ain’t no mistaken, and boy you were right,
When it came to a debate, Kev never had a knife at a gunfight!
Danny Tickner, you speak of laughter and juvenile behavior,
‘Twas the core that connected you, now one to savor,
Kevin taught us many lessons, all about life and about ourselves,
He challenged our perspective, cerebral “food for thought” to arouse,
He never wavered where family were concerned,
(Although he could be a real pain in the ass), just teasing, in turn,
The first song he sang to me, was a song about his brother Tim,
The words I won’t repeat today, but the song most certainly wasn’t about being thin,
(Kevin was such a brat!!!)
But he sure did love music though, that’s for fact!!!
(Hendrix anyone?—Watch over Kevin’s tower!)
Dave Pothecary, we go way back when,
Years ago, I do remember, Kevin took you into his den,
(He knew one hell of a musician player and a friend!)
(Hendrix, ZZ-Top, and the sun and the moon…… You is da Man!)
(Hey, Where’s My Waitress?)
Johnny Alfano, and the Boys, you’ve been there too,
Orlando Dolinski, you rocker, you’ve seen a thing or few!!!
(Hey, I grew hair on my chest too!!!)
Life’s lessons and legacies,
We are so blessed with dreams and fantasies,
The days ahead will be time for reflection,
And without a doubt, we’ll feel Kevin’s love and affection,
Thank you Cyndy, Tim and family for being there for Kevin,
He has passed on, and is now in Heaven.
Darryl Blott, ask me how I’m doing today?
You know Kevin, he would want us to say:
“NEVER BEEN BETTER”
Written by: Lyndell Monkley
January 18, 2008
First time ever on Stage - well done, "Kevin will always be just over your shoulder"
Ray Roper does the classic "I will always love you"
Dav sings the Squad signature tune "Magic Carpet Ride"
Thank you all for the hours of music at the Wake Jam - below are a few photos, click on them to see full size, many of the jam videos will be posted below as they become available. Do not adjust your speakers - some of the audio was distorted by the volume at the front of the stage - but I am sure you will appreciate the content!
Skip, Mark, Ray and Tom demonstrate the fine art of "Jamming" They are all flying by the seat of their pants, none of them have ever played together!
"Red House" Kevin's cousin Sean McCormick rocks the house with "Fast" Eddy on lead guitar.
Another Jam tune from Skip Prest (Maple Ridge), Mark Benson (Gibsons), Tom Goldie (Kelowna), Ray Medway (Coquitlam). Ray breaks a string, grabs Ray Roper's guitar and recovers in record time!
This short video by Cyndy and Tim describe Kevin's desire to help underprivileged aboriginal children to learn how to play the guitar. Cyndy's words are below:
In order to set up a formal "Trust", we would need to go through the lengthy and expensive process of obtaining an Order of Probate and pay for costly administrative fees to lawyers and the government. The account has been set up so that either Nick or I can deposit funds but requires both of us in person to withdraw any funds, this only after the Advisory Team makes a recommendation. Donors will not receive an Income Tax Receipt.
Musical Mentors are asked to email me to offer their support - a group of musician including Mick, Skip, John, Ray have already volunteered their input.
If you wish to donate by credit card please call Nick Springate at 604.802.2436. A PayPal Tip Jar is also being tested on the lower right on the website main page - the suggested donation is $25.00 - but any amount will be going to a great legacy.
Please feel free to comment below......................
Kevin used to say to me, 'jess, you need to build your garden, plant your seeds and let the flowers grow, when the weeds come in....you need to throw them away.'
Watch Kevin and Jessica perform Little Wing live in this great (but short) clip from a few years ago:
In May 2006 Kevin and Nick took a boat ride up Indian Arm - they made some delightful and interesting videos, please enjoy. The insights and love Kevin has to share are wonderful. His love of music, sunshine and great friends will never be clearer than on this bright spring day in May.....
The day came for the boys to play...
Mark Benson and his 3 piece band Third Step perform Little Wing on Sat Jan 19 2008 - a classic power trio favorite.
Passed away: Thursday Jan-17-2008 at 7pm
At the age of 52
Survived by his loving wife Cyndy, his son Damien (Agnes), Parents Lindsay and Eileen McCormick, Sisters Jennifer( Keith) and Paddy Howe, Brother Tim (Lori); Granddaughter Margaret; Niece Natalie; Nephews Darryl & Riley Blott, Tim Howe, Dylan and Joel McCormick; Stepchildren: Ashley, Briane and Tim
After a very courageous battle with Cancer and surrounded by the love of his family and friends, Kevin was finally able to peacefully embark on his greatest Journey. While wrapped in the comfort of Cyndy’s arms Kevin decided to wait until their favorite show coronation street came on when he squeezed her hand and took his final breath.
Although Kevin was an extremely dedicated employee to BCBC for the past 32 years who rarely missed a single day in all that time, his true passion was his music. Kevin was an extremely accomplished musician who has inspired so many with his brilliance as a guitarist. Kevin’s abilities even made the accordion seem cool.
At a very early age Kevin decided to explore the world in search of enlightenment and returned to us with the wisdom and experience of a much older man. Since his return he has focused on friends, love, laughter and food and we are all blessed for having had him in our lives.
As was your way, you decided to leave the party early with us all wanting more and we will miss you every day until we meet again.
In lieu of donations and flowers, we have something special in mind to keep Kevin’s dream alive and respectfully ask that people hold off until the date of the service where we will provide information about this Charity. For those unable to attend, information will be available through the following website: www.gosee.tv/kevin/
Services will be held on Sunday Jan-27th at 11am Location: Burquitlam Funeral Home 625 North Road Coquitlam BC