Colorado Springs has lost a great member of its blues community today with the passing of local bluesman John Alex Mason. Rest in peace.

You can read more at the Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent. Photo of John-Alex courtesy Amy Whitesell, A Music Company, Inc.

 

7 Responses to Rest in Peace, John Alex Mason

  1. Inaiah Lujan says:

    I barely knew him, but admired his talent, drive and warmth as a person. He will surely be missed. RIP brother

  2. Cyndy Kulp says:

    I was there when John Alex graduated from the Colorado Springs School, and he was presented with his self portrait from kindergarten! He was not a musician yet, but we knew he would go on to do great things. Death seems to take so many good ones way before their times.

  3. A beautiful Talent and Spirit whom will be sorely missed …..RIP Brother .

  4. Tiffany Hauber says:

    Too soon. Too soon. Far too soon.

  5. Kathy Dreiling says:

    I have witnessed a true stylist and lost a great inspiration. No one held greater promise or more soul than John Alex. We love you and know you were here to inspire, entertain and connect with so many. Cheers JAM. You will never be forgotten.

  6. Kim Will says:

    From the Will family: It is typical for students to live perpetually, in the minds of teachers, as they did when they were students, or so it seems to me, sitting here looking at John-Alex’s photo in stunned disbelief that he is gone. I remember like yesterday the smile (always the smile), his early discovery of music and the guitar, the quiet and solid presence John-Alex exuded on campus at CSS. And that voice: unique, powerful, encompassing his music with passion. What a fine and tender soul he was and will remain so in the spirit of my whole family. We all loved his little daily kindnesses: the chatting to my two boys in Maytag; his smile and big wave; and the time his whole family came to visit us in the dorm at CSS, Mr. Mason dressed like Santa—just to be kind. So many daily kindnesses; perhaps that is the essence of a life well-lived, however unfinished. We, as a family, are heartsick at this sudden and tragic loss. Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem. Dona eis requiem sempiternam.

  7. richard posadas says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family … he will be missed… such a shame… God bless and RiP John.

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