Musician Mike Skinner, who played with Kevin Devine in the Goddamn Band and Miracle Of 86, passed away over the weekend. Rest in peace, Mike. Devine eulogized Skinner in a post on his Tumblr. Read what he had to say below:
Mike Skinner of the Goddamn Band & Miracle of 86 passed away this weekend.
Mike played on, toured on, and/or co-produced “Make The Clocks Move”, “Split The Country, Split The Street”, “Put Your Ghost To Rest” & “Brother's Blood”, as well as Miracle's “Every Famous Last Word” & “Last Gasp”.
Mike was my friend. He was charismatic, generous, tasteful, singular, brilliant, hilarious; he was a whirlwind, a magnet.
It's impossible to overstate his contribution to the development of Miracle & KD+GDB, but, in short, he made us better, more interesting. More than almost any other person, he encouraged me to push myself, to be confident, to take my talent seriously, because he did.
Mike was dynamic, complex, and beautiful. My life's richer & a lot more more colorful for the 12 years I got to have him in it. He loved to play for you guys and took a lot of pride in the records we made & tours we did.
He leaves a wonderful family. Keep them in your thoughts.
(I think Emily Driskill took this picture a long time ago, at Stubb's in Austin.)”
— Katharine (@hideindoors) September 16, 2014
— Aprile Love (@Aprilelove) September 16, 2014
Mike was a beautiful & complex guy, and my life's better & more colorful thanks for the 12 years we shared. He loved playing for you guys.
— Kevin Devine (@KevinDevineTwit) September 15, 2014
Mike Skinner was a very, very large part of the Inside series on Kevin we did 9 months ago. http://t.co/MbTxcXfSK5. Terrible news.
— Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo) September 15, 2014