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August 15, 2012

Remembering Jason Noble: In their own words

One of the first things Jason taught me was the difference between people who ‘do art’ (like me) and artists, like Jason. I think if someone had tied Jason up, Hannibal Lecter-style, in a padded cell, and left him alone for an hour, when they returned they would have found a mural covering one wall and a seven-minute guitar solo burned to disc.” —Bill Womack

didn’t know him personally, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that the guy completely opened up a whole new world to me musically.” —John Carswell

had never really met people like him and Jeff Mueller before. Honestly, they were kind of difficult to tell apart in the early days of knowing them … The way they joked with each other was so quick that you couldn’t tell if it just wasn’t funny, or if you simply weren’t fast enough to get what they were talking about.” —Scott Ritcher

have many fond memories of sharing various stages, diner booths, van benches, and dirty green-room furniture with him. His smile was epic, and I loved that we could segue from a discussion of (Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian writer) Knut Hamsun right into a dissection of (Metallica leader) James Hetfield’s invention of the verb ‘roff,’ as in ‘roff to never-never-land.’” —Andrew Killmeier, Seluah

first met Jason when we started working together at ear X-tacy quite some time ago. I was immediately drawn to his sense of humor and openness. I believe one of the very first things he ever said to me was, ‘So, you like boy bands, huh? I can respect that. I’m in a boy band, you know.’ From that very moment, we became instant friends.” —Rebecca Mercer

The immeasurable love he shared with his wife Kristin was never more evident than in the 1,000-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.” —Jeff Mueller

lived vicariously through the love he and Kristin had for one another.” —Natasha Sud

What most inspires me about Jason is not the fact that he was in some of the most legendary and influential bands in Louisville history. (Playing in bands doesn’t make you great, even if the bands are.) No, the way he inspired me was the supremely honorable manner in which he faced his illness and lived, despite it. He met the disease head on with grace, poise, bravery, humor, strength, kindness and positivity — a feat I think most of us would do well to pull off on our best days. It is in this way that Jason beat cancer, not the other way around.” —Shawn Severs

LEO received 30 pages of tributes to Jason, way too many to print in full. Copies of each tribute are being sent to his widow, Kristin Furnish-Noble. 

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