We’re aware that some people couldn’t make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We set up this online book of celebration to give anyone a chance to share their memories of Colin and his music, along with any messages for the family.
We have now closed the Book of Celebration to new entries but all previous entries remain below to view.
Still devastated over 2 years on....Colins music has always been the background of my life since first hearing Wonderful Life and subsequently buying the album....His song helped me through some difficult teenage years,and even now as a 46 year old man,I still find comfort in his songs....I am writing this while listening to I'm not afraid!
I recently had news of an old friends passing which has only heightened my awareness of how much Colin affected my life,because some special moments were made with my friend whilst having Wonderful Life (the whole album)as a soundtrack to our relationship.
I sign off with tears and my eyes and thanks in my heart for you Colin.
I took your song at face value and as a back drop to life, from it’s release until my life became ironic......
Now I can connect with your masterpiece on many levels, thought provoking and so atmospheric, thank you Colin Vearncombe
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family. I personally will always remember to my dying days being a young lad on the beaches of Mykonos with my girlfriend (now my wife) and wonderful life playing non stop from the beach bars and thinking - yeah it can be. RIP
Always enjoyed and still do listen to his music regularly, Comedy album being my favourite, but coming from Liverpool, his music always seemed to have an extra something for me personally, I spent a lot of my growing up in some of the scenes used In the Wonderful life video, some happy days of my childhood on New Brighton front on family days out. Wonderful memories -most of them where anyway, but that is the irony, and rightly or wrongly, I still feel a similar irony come through in his music, which makes it all the sweeter for me. All these years passed! It is still a Wonderful life -most of the time! Thank you Colin.
Siento tanto su pérdida, para mi fue un angel en mi vida con sus letras y música, me salvo la vida en unos momentos muy difíciles para mi. El no se ha ido, queda en nuestros corazones para siempre con la belleza artística que aportaba. Colin te llevare siempre en mi corazón, gracias por estar ahí aportado tan maravillosas letras con tu gran voz, te digo hasta luego porque se que tu espíritu perdura en el tiempo entre los que te adoramos, hasta luego cielo.
I'm French and do'nt write english very well. I hope you'll understand! So, i remember very well the song "wonderful life" in 1987 and i'd very big pleasure in listening it. I saw Colin Vearncombe at TV in " Les années bonheur" and, since, i listen him every day. All his albums are so beautiful!!! I expect him to be in quiet life and i'm sure he's in connection with the world. Thank you Colin.
?❤can't believe it's been a year. Listen to your music every day. Love to all the family x
Hi Wonderful Life found me when I had just had a miscarriage and was all alone, very far from my family. I played that song over and over again. I ended up feeling like Black was my friend, like we had a connection and if we met on the street he would ask, "So Charlotte, how are you feeling?" I was very heartbroken to hear of his death in January 2016. Then today I was playing that song again on YouTube and realised it was the first anniversary of his death. I continue to be sad. He still had a lot to offer to the world. Because of the connection I felt, I worried about his family and how they were copying with their loss. I pray they are fine. Thank you Black for the lovely music. May your soul rest in eternal peace. May the Lord keep his family strong.❤
I will never forget when I heard the Beautiful Life song for the first time in 1988. I was only 12 and it was exactly six months after my beloved dad passed away. I was on holiday with my mum and younger sister. There was a disco for youngsters under 17 and this amazing song was played. A young boy asked me to dance with him. English is not my native language but I understood words Wonderful life. I will never forget this dance, a very innocent dance but my first one with a boy. I missed my dad so much and thought to myself: is the life wonderful or not? How can it be wonderful without my dad who I missed so much? The music took me away to a different atmosphere. It was almost spiritual experience. I was a child missing my dad but awaiting unknown future. And yes, life is not easy but it is wonderful indeed.
I don't consider myself a fan, but I've always loved Colin's music since he gained mass attention with "Wonderful Life". I've always hated the seemingly happy version Dutch singer Matilde Santing made, she apparently didn't get the irony the song carries. My favourite song is "Sweetest Smile" though. I think it displays pretty much everything Colin stood for as an artist: beautiful melodies, melancholic sounds and great musical arrangements.
When I heard about Colin's passing, I couldn't believe it. The melancholy in his 1980s tracks is even deeper now with the tragic story of his passing.
All that I can say now is: thank you Colin. Thank you for bringing the joy of your music to our lives.You were seriously underrated.
Colin - Found your music while in Europe in the early 80s, and have been hooked ever since. "Black" is simply the best album ever. Thank you for creating such a masterpiece. And to top it off with "Between 2 Churches".... well you went beyond what anyone could ask. Requiescat in Pace.
Listening to your music right now and gutted that such a wonderful lyricist and singer is gone so soon... I hope that his family finds comfort in the fact that he still lives on in so many of us through his wonderful music.Godspeed. ❤
sweetest smile makes me love music even more than ever, what a voice rip colin
My favourite song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVRNWaNic8 - thanks mate
?comedy one of my fav albums
you were the music of my uni years and I loved what you did. Just like a falling rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small. Beautiful lyrics. ??
I loved Black during my uni years of the late 80s. He was the soundtrack to those years and I absolutely loved 'Comedy.'Just like the falling rainbow, just like the stars in the sky, life should never feel small. Love you Black.?
Colin, I think about you almost every day. You were my lyrical prophet and I will never forget you. That voice, your humour. I am glad I got to meet you. That was quite a day. I couldn't speak. My husband had to interpret for you that I was a really big fan. I can't believe we won't have any more music. I am so sad. You are missed. ??
To me, Wonderful Life is one of the most beautiful songs ever penned. You will be missed
Hey!, COLIN is now in Colors.
His music revives, comforts, inspires, his music makes Us happy. His music in colors.
❤♡Black IN COLORS♡❤