Tonight was beautiful, complex, multifaceted, layered, shot through with joy and laughter and deep sadness, awareness of the hole in the room, the heart.
Mike Skinner was my friend - like, my *friend*, for a long time - my running buddy, my confidant, my foil, my peer, my big brother. He had my back; we were bonded, even when we were periodically struggling with each other. There was always love, acceptance underneath. And so many other people feel/felt a version of the same.
I’ll always miss his sensitivity, grasp of the absurd, belief in the abilities of his friends, passion, wit, humor, spark, his soul. I’m lucky I knew him how I did as long as I did, and if you knew him, you know you were too.
Regram from @jmcandyshop, the morning of our first ever sold out show @boweryballroom, January 2008.