Memorial Celebration of Life

Below are highlights of the Memorial for Nik Green on June 7, 2016 at the Butler Event Center in Goleta.  MemorialProgram

This piece by Nik Green for modern ballet was a highlight at the Memorial Celebration of Life on June 7, 2016.  The dance featured performances by  Leila Drake and Thomas Fant of the State Street Ballet (Santa Barbara), and an ensemble cast of Summer Solstice dancers.  It was a structured improv set at a wedding reception, directed by Nik’s widow, Penny Little.   At the wedding reception, there were invited and uninvited  guests (the spiders).  While the bride and groom are dancing their love duet, tarantulas are waiting in the wings to disrupt the celebration.  They are playful and mean no harm as they taunt and separate dancing couples, then take the bride and groom into their wild tarantella dance.  After their merriment, the spiders return to their web, guests, bride and groom resume dancing, slightly dazed and everyone lives happily ever after slightly dazed.

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Rev. Larry From Unity Santa Barbara delivered this message at the Memorial Celebration of Life for Nik Green on June 7, 2016. (Unity is an open and inclusive spiritual community that welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds. Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christlike in everyday life. We are created in God’s image. Knowledge of spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.)

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This is a slideshow which encompasses parts of Nik’s life from childhood.  The first piece of music is a clip from “Paderborn Suite”, the second from “Welsh Borderland”.  The third clip is from a recording of “God Knows” by Barry Palmer – Nik playing keyboards.  Next is “Valley of the Kings” by John Sykes of Blue Murder – Nik playing keyboards.

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Tony Franklin, Nik’s friend and band mate from Blue Murder, Roy Harper-Jimmy Page project,  sent his message remotely to the Memorial, as did several others.

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Spiritual Director of Zimrat Yah Temple in Santa Barbara, Alison Zuber brought a heartfelt Jewish and Universal message to Nik’s Memorial.

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Penny Little sings with Alison Zuber at Nik Green’s Memorial, June 7, 2016.”This song was written about my experience with Nik during his last days on earth.  When he passed away, I saw little blue lights….I don’t always see little blue lights . .  well sometimes I do… but this was different.   During the first 3 or 4 weeks after Nik died, I couldn’t talk, let alone sing.   When I finally began to tiptoe back into life, I felt there was something I needed to write.  I went to the piano, and this song pretty much came out in one big chunk.  It was just sitting there waiting for me.”

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Jimmy Walter who had known Nik since 2003, sent us his message from Vienna.

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Alison Zuber sings her original “Commonweal Song”, with Gwendolyn McClure.   They sing “Let the Mystery Be” together.

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Yoko Sakata came all the way from Japan to share her feelings and story about how Nik affected her life.

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The images in this slideshow shown at the Memorial Celebration begin with Penny Little and Nik Green’s wedding and continue through their musical and love life together.  Penny wrote this piece for the first album “Aliens on Line”, and this is the remix that Nik and Penny were working on a few weeks before he passed away.

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Nik’s friend Andy Cohen speaking about his “close encounters” in Nik’s last months.
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Penny read several tributes to Nik sent from afar. Here are a couple, one from their friend Ron Dexter, and one from Nik’s niece, Louise Graham in the UK.

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Claudia Bratton shares a couple stories about Nik…

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People think I’m such a happy person…basically I am, but grieving is different.   I cried for 3 weeks straight after Nik passed, couldn’t talk, couldn’t sing. When Nik was in the hospital, I spent everyday from morning till night, getting there before the first doctor’s rounds and leaving around 11 pm, and on the last couple nights I was there 24/7.  There was a man – Jim –  who had a service dog, Diamond the Dalmatian.  Every time he passed the room I was crying.  He would come and sit with me;  Jim said he’d spent a great deal of time with the Dalai Lama.  I said, “Oh the happiest man on earth.”  Jim said, “Oh but he cries all the time.  We would not be human without our tears.”  That still gives me comfort.   This song “All There Is” was written about 3 weeks after I wrote “Little Blue Lights” It became apparent that THIS is all there is.   Here one minute, not here the next.  We only had a minute.  What we do in that minute — here, right now, is all there is

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Jon Zuber relates “Nik’s Catsup” story as he remembers it.
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Laura and Nikki of LA band Lunden Reign played their song “American Stranger” to honor Nik.    Nik worked with them in the studio with keyboard programming.  http://lundenreign.com/
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Steve Fields and Robot Fly performed at the Memorial for Nik Green June 7, 2016.  Steve and his band spent 100’s of hours in the studio recording with Nik.

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This song was sent to me by a fan of Blue Murder in his playlist, during the first 3 weeks after Nik passed away. I kept playing it over and over, and finally it got me up and into the other room, where I learned to play it, learned to sing again. Music is a path to healing.

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