(Includes Information on all the latest on products available in support of The Tim Taylor Memorial Fund, including a new BRAINIAC CD release )
In the early hours of May 23rd, 1997, the Dayton music community, as well as the entire world of modern music, lost one of it's most gifted and respected members. TIM TAYLOR, founder and a leading creative member of the much-accomplished band BRAINIAC, was killed in a one-car accident near his home in North Dayton. The tragedy of this event cannot be overstated, as Tim and his band were on the verge of breaking out into the forefront of the world of modern music, a position they had worked and sacrificed significantly for over many years to be in. Their talent and preparation certainly placed them in a position to profoundly affect the future course of original music, surely propelling it light years ahead in it's development (as anyone who has ever heard a Brainiac album can attest to).
Immediately upon receiving the news of Tim's death, fellow Daytonian musician KATTIE DOUGHERTY of REAL LULU established a memorial fund in Tim's name, to be managed by Tim's mother Linda Taylor and the Taylor family. The purpose of this fund was to raise money to help Tim's family and the surviving band members to deal with the burdensome debts and expenses left in the wake of this sudden tragedy. Original monies were raised to build a permanant memorial site in Dayton's Woodland Cemetary, where Tim's remains will be placed. The site will be dedicated to not only Tim's brief but enriching life and work, but also to his family, friends and fans for whose lives he was such a part, and who were such an appreciated part of his.
The work is not stopping there, however. Monies are also being raised to support music-related scholarship and grant programs to help support Dayton's vibrant musical and arts communities, for which Tim was such an important part and supporter of. This includes support of the Dayton LINKS program, which is designed to provide renovated used instruments for musically-inclined children who would otherwise not be able to afford acquiring an instrument of their own, thus leaving a world of musical expression untapped. A scholarship fund in Tim's name for gifted music students has already been established in the Oakwood, Ohio school system.
Of course, the success of these future endeavors depends upon the success of promoting and supporting the fund itself. And to this end, many of Tim's friends and compatriots in the Dayton music community have participated in efforts to help promote and raise monies for this goal through special performances to celebrate the life and music of their greatly missed friend Tim Taylor, for which proceeds raised go to The Tim Taylor Memorial Fund.
The first of these special events was held August 10th at Gilly's in Dayton, which featured such notable acts as MINK, GUIDED BY VOICES, SWEARING AT MOTORISTS, LAZY and THE BREEDERS (which featured newly added drummer Tyler Trent, formerly of BRAINIAC).
The second of these shows took place September 12th at CANAL STREET TAVERN in Dayton. A highly appropriate location, as it was here in 1992 where Brainiac first launched itself into the fore of the rich Dayton music scene by coming away with top honors in that year's annual renowned Dayton Band Playoff competition (which Real Lulu won themselves two years later).
One gets sick when realizing the lost potential to the development of music this tragedy represents, as Tim was so full of positive, creative energy, it would have taken ten full lifetimes to have exhausted most of it. The work he was doing with Brainiac was only a crude introduction to what he was on track to accomplish over the course of a 30 or 40 year career. Much like the tragic what-ifs people often bring up when speaking of Jimi Hendrix or Buddy Holly, Tim's potential will always be a sad subject of speculation rather than a body of realized dreams for everyone to share in. And this doesn't even begin to reflect the personal loss this represents to myself, as well as so many of his friends and associates. I always welcomed the time we could spend together between our very busy schedules, times which were ALWAYS relaxing, enjoyable and enlightening. I was excited by the rewarding potential my personal friendship with him promised over the course of a lifetime, as his inspiration and encouragement was always a shot in the arm to us all and will always be valued. And, of course, all of this pales to the loss and grief being experienced by his bandmates and his very loving family.