I’ve met many of the Sub Pop Megamart customers in this crazy virtual world through e-mail, but I’ve only developed a friendship with one of them. His name was Kenny. Kenny had been a long-time customer at subpop.com when he had an issue with one of his orders and he sent me an email; that’s how we met. After we got to talking, we found out that we had a lot in common and we kept emailing for the past year and a half.
I regularly check Patagonia’s blog, The Cleanest Line. Yesterday, while making my routine blog rounds, I got some really bad news, Kenny passed away. It was the first time I had ever seen a picture of him and it hit me much harder than I expected it would.
Though Kenny and I never actually met face-to-face, I really felt like we were friends, it seems like he had that affect on everyone he met. He had such a positive energy about him that came through in all of his emails. He’d tease me with stories about the surf sessions or the bike rides they’d have during lunch at the Patagonia headquarters or the BMX races he and his son would have. Kenny was a big fan of Kelly Stoltz, The Shins, Handsome Furs and many other non-Sub Pop bands as well. We’d often trade emails with reviews of new records or shows I should check out.
Kenny had a young son and daughter who were really big fans of The Shins and The Postal Service. When very young children are into great music, it generally means that they have really great parents; that definitely seems to be the case here. Some of Kenny’s friends and co-workers have set up a fund for Kenny’s family that you can read about here.
When I told my co-workers about Kenny, one of them said that it just goes to show you how many people one person can affect in their life. I was really lucky to have met Kenny, even if it was only via the internet.