Sleepybomb, R.I.P.

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Shit! I just found out one of my long time blog-friends had passed away last year from a brain aneurysm!  He was known as Sleepybomb, his real name was Michael Assunto. He was one of my very first blog-pals. He would often write fun stuff about music. He lived in Metry, LA, and had to abandon his house for a while due to hurricane Katrina. His Dad was a very prominent jazz trombonist and he liked to write about some of the people he met and knew as a result. But sometimes he would go months without posting something, but his last post was on Aug 29, 2009, and I wondered if something was up.

Now I know. 🙁

My condolences go out to his family. And on my end?  Selfishly, his presence on the web  is missed.

 

Here are a couple of vids from Sleepbomb and his band The Metry Wrecks. He may be gone, but his music will survive.

This was the first video I saw from him. I actually found the video first, then tracked it to him and his blog. We found that we both shared a love for music. We instantly bonded!

PS. I didn’t know his full name until writing this post. I don’t think he knew mine either. It’s a funny thing about blogging. You put out an identity, and it just becomes you, and the friends you make while blogging are whatever identity they decide to use while blogging, real name or not. Michael Assunto was, and will always be, Sleepybomb to me!

His death is a reminder that I have to get busy and start finishing some of my songs I’ve been writing for all these years. Some go way back to my time as a thirteen year old. Now that I can play guitar somewhat, I really don’t have any more excuses.

3 Comments to “Sleepybomb, R.I.P.”

  1. By Sharon Assunto, June 28, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    Thanks for the blog post it was really nice to read…

  2. By Kimber, September 20, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    I stumbled on this from a news feed on my Mom. “Sleepybomb” aka M.A. Sample and sometimes Sookie was my Dad. He was beautiful and talented and I get choked up every time I think about him, but he loved the Blog-isphere, and I wanted to thank you for this post.

  3. By Sonicfrog, September 20, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I really wished I could have met him up close. He seemed like an upstanding guy. I LOVED his tribute to his father, which he posted not too long after my Dad had passed away. It remains one of the best things I’ve ever come across on the web.

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