Mark Erickson (Colorstore, Sweetbleeders, Gospel Claws, Roar) Memorial Service/Benefit Announced

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Abraham Karam
Mark Erickson performing with Roar in 2012.
See also: R.I.P. Mark Erickson of Colorstore, Roar, and Gospel Claws
See also: Download: Colorstore's Shambolic, Fuzzy "My Life As a Beaver"
See also: Serene Dominic Interviews Colorstore
The details regarding the memorial service for Mark Erickson, known for his roles in Colorstore, Sweetbleeders, Roar, and Gospel Claws, have been announced via Colorstore's Facebook profile, as well as details regarding a benefit fund for Erickson's two children, Sophie and Jack.

Per the site:

The local music community is still reeling from the unexpected death of Colorstore/Sweetbleeder musician and co-founder Mark Erickson. There will be a celebration of his life this Friday at 6 pm First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

In addition, friend and fellow band member Jef Wright started a fund on Colorstore's Facebook page for Mark's two children Sophie and Jack. You can donate in three ways:


1. PayPal donations to otherjef@yahoo.com
2. Visit a B of A branch and donate to account #45702655
3. If you'd prefer to send a check or money order, please contact Jef at otherjef@yahoo.com for a mailing address

*Please note that we prefer no wires, as they do cause a fee for the account. The account number is for direct contact with Bank of America. If you have any trouble, please let Jef know.

In a May 2012 interview, Erickson discussed "My Life as a Beaver," a two-minute fuzz pop gem from Colorstore's album Afire. He said the song was inspired primarily by his son Jack:

"[The lyrics are about] my son Jack. [He's] a bit intense. Never met anyone quite like him. He's half me and half of his mom. A strong-willed, dramatic, thick-headed, emotional, intense wildfire (sweet and smart too, but, you know). So I guess I tried to come with some things to say to him. Life lessons, or something like that, with a ruckus sort of sound."

But the song was also about himself, Erickson said.

"The second idea for the title probably has more to do with the song's subject. [It's] an analogy of somebody spending all their time damming things and losing purpose. I guess I could possibly view that person as myself, considering I spend a great deal of time doing such things with no great purpose and usually with a not-so-good outcome. So [it's] sort of that age-old "Don't do what I've done" sort of speech a parent might give their child. A lot of the lyrics on the song ended up a bit more simple than that idea (thankfully), but I think that was the idea."

Colorstore offered the song to Up on the Sun as a free download.

Download: Colorstore, "My Life as a Beaver"

If you have photos of Erickson, Colorstore's members would like those too (the higher resolution the better, they note).


See also: R.I.P. Mark Erickson of Colorstore, Roar, and Gospel Claws
See also: Download: Colorstore's Shambolic, Fuzzy "My Life As a Beaver"
See also: Serene Dominic Interviews Colorstore
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