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Mark2 -> Ben Woods (Sep. 1 2022 16:37:48)

I saw a very sad Facebook post yesterday from Ben’s partner Arlene yesterday. Ben has stage four cancer and is asking for people to pray for him. He said he’s done all the chemo he can and an operation is not possible. I’ve never met him and only know him through his videos. I’ve admired his ability to harness his flamenco training to forge his own path. A few of the things he has done I thought were brilliant. In the video he looked really sick. He’s asking people to pray for him, and send him positive thoughts today at 6pm PST.

I’m on a little vacation in Mexico and I’ve got to be 20 years older than Ben. His situation made me reflect on my own mortality as well as my good fortune. I’ll be thinking about Ben, and hoping for the best. I don’t know him, but he’s one of us.




Bulerias2005 -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 1 2022 17:07:30)

Terrible news... can't think of much else to say, I have a tendency to go down existential rabbit-holes lately anyway. So sad.




trivium91 -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 1 2022 17:48:24)

This is terrible, I've had a few chats on YouTube in response to his videos, great guy. Not sure if he is active on this forum but will definitely pray for him. I can't imagine what he is going through, here was the link to his YouTube asking for prayer





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davewphx -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 2 2022 0:27:43)

Man, this is really tragic. Such a young guy with amazing talent and potential has suffered so for the last few years. It makes me feel like a douche for ever complaining about minor things. Wishing him the best.




RobF -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 2 2022 2:31:48)

This is heartbreaking. I’ve set the alarm on my phone to remind me and I will honour his request.




Ricardo -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 2 2022 5:13:44)

I love Ben like a brother. Hung out with him many times in LA and twice here in DC area. I knew about his problem back in 2020-21 holidays. I did have a friend that beat the same thing (now I feel bad, as he says he doesn’t want to hear stories like that.) He said he was close to finishing treatment and if it was all good he was gonna move. I noticed some months later he posted stuff as if he had changed locations. I was hopeful that was because he had beaten it, but was too scared to ask him. We chatted several times throughout 2021, and the C word never came up. But, this year I had not heard from him and my friend was trying to contact him to no avail. I hope the healing duende reaches him.




JasonM -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 2 2022 15:21:07)

Oh man I saw his video on YouTube and I had no idea! It’s hard to watch and know he is dealing with this .. I’ve dealt with the evil C myself and felt this desperation but every situation is different. Never met him but I feel like I’ve known him all these years and hope that he can pull through this




tk -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 6 2022 19:56:43)

OMG, what a terrible news....don't know what to write....




silddx -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 15 2022 21:55:32)

This is terribly sad.




Ricardo -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 18:00:00)

Ben passed yesterday.




Piwin -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 18:09:05)

Sorry to hear that. Condolences to those of you who knew him.




rombsix -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 21:53:11)

RIP, Ben... [:(]




AndresK -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 22:09:13)

R.I.P.

Express your great love for music in the eternal life.




johnnefastis -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 22:26:59)

Likewise. So sorry to hear this. Condolences to Ricardo and all those of you who knew him. What a loss.




Escribano -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 23:18:29)

Very sad. Such talent and dedication. I have put his name in the header of the forum amongst others we have known who went too soon [:(]




constructordeguitarras -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 29 2022 23:21:21)

Today or last night Arlene posted this on Facebook:
My Bennah, our Ben decided early yesterday morning to travel on from this 3-D world and take a great tour of the Universe. He is no longer suffering, no longer in pain. Selfishly I wanted him to stay…we all did … so, so bad. He must have a lot of new and important work to do and I respect his decision. Obviously I am devastated to lose my best friend in this world but I must accept this reality.
He fought so hard every single day until the end. I’ve never witnessed someone go through so much pain and suffering yet consistently, daily, persevere and set goals, brainstorm, create prototypes, art, music, guitars, make time for friends, help friends through their hard times, and still be a mentor to so many both privately and publicly.
I want each one of you that sent video, audio, email, text, direct messages to know that you made Ben feel so loved and calm. I read every single message to him and played your voice right to his ear. He heard all of the love you sent him and I’m telling you it changed the energy of the room and his state of being. Every staff member made note that they could feel the love vibe when they stepped into the room and they visibly saw the changes in Ben’s demeanor.
You know that he loved you, his friends, family and fans with his whole heart. Everything each one of you said filled him up. I am so grateful you shared your love, admiration, songs, memories and heartfelt feelings with him, I believe he needed it.
There are many nuances, signs, coincidences, serendipitous circumstances that have happened in the last two days that are too numerous to share here. They seem divinely orchestrated, everything occurring at the “right” time.
I acknowledge that many of you have been blindsided by this devastating (new to you) news and are completely heartbroken to not have known sooner. This was Ben’s decision to not be public until earlier this month. The backstory is that he had not been feeling well even as early as late 2019. Concerns started with increasing food sensitivities that led to a few Dr. visits in the summer of 2020 and finally going to UCLA emergency in October 2020. This ultimately led to tests and a stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis the 3rd week of October 2020. That led to many treatments, him moving home to Washington in July 2021 to have full family care and here we are.
Please understand that I and his parents are hurting deeply now and these are all the details I wish to share. Please understand our need for space and privacy now so if I don't respond, please respect that. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU for your love and support for Ben, his family and me at this devastating time.



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BarkellWH -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 30 2022 0:29:04)

I did not know Ben Woods. In fact I had not heard of him until this thread started by Mark2, but his valiant fight and the laudatory comments by his dear friend Ricardo and all those who knew him, and knew of him, testify to his talent and grit. RIP indeed.

Bill




estebanana -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 30 2022 2:30:57)

Ben and I lived in the same studio building it in Oakland for several years, he lived around the hall corner from my guitar shop. I listened to him developing his flametal concept, and we were just two dudes in the bay area scene. We used to drinking together in the early days (1998- ish)

He came to Keni Parker’s gig at the Albatross bar in Berkeley where all the flamenco people hung out. He had long hair and he as learning to play flamenco after playing metal in Washington state. He has this big goofy grin.

They broke the mold when that boy popped out.




silddx -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 30 2022 11:17:07)

My deepest condolences to his fans, friends and family. Very sad.




bbfifas -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 30 2022 13:18:13)

Just a causal guitar guy here. I found Ben Woods maybe on this forum and have been watching his youtube videos every since. Even got a few tabs from his site that have been very helpful and fun to play.

He was prolific in putting out art in many forms not just guitar. He seemed very creative and DRIVEN always posting a youtube video, some links to all is different music, even artwork and making nylon electric guitars. He was definition of unique.
Amazing to think he did this with a cancer diagnosis. Much respect for him for that!

Very sad and big condolences to those who knew him personally. I feel sad this morning reading what Arlene posted. I played (tried to play a version) of this song this morning at the house. Only the good die young it seems....





mark indigo -> RE: Ben Woods (Sep. 30 2022 20:26:48)

really sad... DEP/RIp




TANúñez -> RE: Ben Woods (Oct. 2 2022 23:02:14)

RIP Ben. Thank you for the music, instruction and inspiration. You will be terribly missed.




JasonM -> RE: Ben Woods (Oct. 3 2022 19:09:55)

This is still such a shock, just learning about his illness. I’m glad he’s not suffering anymore. We lost a great member of the community and also ‘the’ man who blended in Metal! :)




Mark2 -> RE: Ben Woods (Oct. 14 2022 18:09:39)

As a person who loves flamenco I enjoy the crazy syncopated falsetas and the complex rhythms but it’s the really simple melodies that often have the most emotional impact. This tune hits that mark for me. It’s beautiful. Ben kicked some ass in this world.
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ORIGINAL: bbfifas

Just a causal guitar guy here. I found Ben Woods maybe on this forum and have been watching his youtube videos every since. Even got a few tabs from his site that have been very helpful and fun to play.

He was prolific in putting out art in many forms not just guitar. He seemed very creative and DRIVEN always posting a youtube video, some links to all is different music, even artwork and making nylon electric guitars. He was definition of unique.
Amazing to think he did this with a cancer diagnosis. Much respect for him for that!

Very sad and big condolences to those who knew him personally. I feel sad this morning reading what Arlene posted. I played (tried to play a version) of this song this morning at the house. Only the good die young it seems....






Ricardo -> RE: Ben Woods (Oct. 17 2022 14:04:14)

This was when he came to visit my hometown (Sterling VA, local music store), maybe 2016?



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