Jason Noble died on
Saturday, August 4th 2012 at the National Institutes of Health in
Bethesda, MD. After a three-year well-fought battle against cancer, he passed
as a result of complications while undergoing treatment in a clinical trial.
As a musician,
Jason provided the inspiration and was the principal glue that connected his
projects, as well as his wider community in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.
His energy reached well beyond state, national and celestial boundaries through
recordings and live shows performed with his many bands. With much appreciation
for anything done with honesty and conviction, his own music was as much an
instantly identifiable reflection of himself as it was a response to the pieces
of art, music and life that surrounded him.
His fierce devotion
and loyalty to independent music is easily sourced and recognized through the
15 year relationships he cultivated with both the venerable Touch and Go Record
label, as well as the now defunct ear X-tacy record shop of Louisville.
As an artist, there
was not a single thread of everyday life that Jason could not illustrate
without absolute beauty and precision; be it detailed drawings of squirrels
smoking cigarettes, alligators embracing, or a face on a gray, unshaped
character he aptly named 'THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.' Every scrap receipt, bare
forearm or paper menu-back was an eligible target for his Sharpie.
As a friend, he
always stepped way beyond what was asked of him, and never anticipated anything
in return. His friends will forever attest to his unfailing generosity and
thoughtfulness. Somehow, even in his last hours, it is not irrational to think
that he considered a Saturday for his last breath, as if to make it more
convenient for his loved ones to make arrangements to be by his side.
There is a
profound, super-natural energy that surrounds their house in Louisville. It
explodes with a creative aura that attracts powerful humans and animals alike.
Countless stray dogs have fortunately found their way to Jason and Kristin's side
yard, where they would then be treated and cared for until they were adopted
into a new home. Then came Miles, a black and white spotted concoction of
innumerable breeds, they knew instantly he was to be theirs.
love he shared with his wife Kristin was never more evident than in the 1000
plus days post-diagnosis. Their devotion to one another was a true testament to
beauty, commitment, and the healing power of humor and absolute positivity.
LOVE WINS. LOVE ALWAYS WINS.
To quote Jason from
his website (Public Noise / Private Noise):
amazing progress we’ve made toward a more tolerant, pluralistic society,
there’s still no shortage of heartbreak and conflict. Perhaps we can take
comfort in the fact that someone is out there, creating a song right now to
help see us through."
You made those
songs, dear brother, and they are certainly helping to see us through.
JM 8 - 6 - 2012
He is survived by
his devoted wife Kristin Furnish-Noble and their furry son Miles; parents Jeree and Rod
Patterson, Perry and Sharon Noble, and Guy and Denise Furnish; grandparents
Mary Patterson and Peggy Noble; brothers Tim, Simon, Jeff, Greg, Kyle,
Christian, Edward, Todd, Agostino, and Jonathan; sisters Kerri, Lisa, Tara,
Ashley, Lethia, Rachel, Eve, Erin, and Reba Lee; beloved aunts, uncles and
cousins; niece Zinnia and superhero Leo.
A gathering in
Jason’s honor will be held from 1-4 pm, September 2, 2012 at the Clifton Center,
2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY.
contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.