The Resounding Echoes Grow

Barefoot Bob (1975-2013)

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Phish experience is the people we meet while on the ride. Amidst personal exaltation and sonic revelation, the friends we make are the most lasting treasures of the traveling circus we call home. So many of the people we hold dear at this point in life we have met through the interconnected circles of the Phish universe. As we have gotten older, however, many of us in the Phish community have dealt with unexpected losses of people with whom we have shared such powerful life experiences. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a kindred soul plucked from the earth before his time, and on January 7, the community lost another dear friend who was taken from us far too soon. Robert Eckhart, known to many as Barefoot Bob, succumbed to cancer at the young age of 37.

Bob was a significant presence in the Phish world in several ways, specifically through his participation on Phish.net and Twitter. Sharing his passion for Phish, The Grateful Dead and other bands with fans far and wide, Bob actively reccomended his favorite shows and provided copies for anyone who needed them. He helped initiate the Phish Twibe Listening Party, a weekly online get-together for participants to listen to and discuss classic Phish shows. Above all else, however, Bob was an exceptional person. His love for people and enthusiasm for music were catalysts for the formation community and close friendships, and his influence moved far beyond those who were lucky enough to meet him in person.

Barefoot Bob (right)

When Bob was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May of last year, he went through painful surgeries to have part of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck removed. This was followed by many difficult radiation treatments, and when his doctors finally thought he was cancer free and all he had left was to rebuild his body and learn how to speak and eat again, tumors began to appear around his stomach. The only course of action was a brutal schedule of chemotherapy. For a time, it looked like an experimental trial conducted at the University of Chicago would provide Bob and his family with a bit more time together, and he even had hopes of attending some of December’s New Year’s shows at MSG. Sadly, though, Bob’s health quickly declined. Thankfully, he and his family were able to spend one last Christmas together. Bob leaves behind his wife, Danelle, and two sons, Joseph (7) and Noah (6).

The community to which Bob gave so much of himself is now giving back to his family. Both Phish and Phish fans have generously donated more than 50 prizes for a raffle and an auction to raise money for a memorial fund  which will help pay for the education of Bob’s young boys. The prizes for the raffle include an autographed Fishman, show-used drumstick, a $100 Ticketmaster gift card and a wide variety of concert prints including a Boston 20th Anniversary Pollock. There are even more items available through the auction, including a set of two 2010 SPAC Pollocks and a set of three 2010 Atlantic City Duvals. To enter the raffle, just make $20 minimum donation to his memorial fund and then forward your email receipt to bobmemorial2013@gmail.com.

The Eckharts

Watching our community rally around Danelle, Joseph, and Noah has been truly special, and you can contribute to this effort. Please consider entering the raffle, bidding in the auction or donating to the fund today. You’ll have a chance to pick up some incredible Phish memorabilia while helping out a family in need. We ask you to dig deep and give generously. That’s the way that Bob lived his life, and you can honor his memory by doing the same.

Complete rules for the raffle, as well as links to the auction and more on Bob’s life and courageous battle can be found here.

LINKS:  Memorial FundRaffleAuction, & Memorial Site

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Jam of the Day:

Waves -> Undermind” 8.15.11 II

From what I gather, this UIC show was one of Bob’s favorite in recent years.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ph2011-08-15s2t05.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ph2011-08-15s2t06.mp3]

426 Responses to “The Resounding Echoes Grow”

  1. MiA Says:

    Hearing someone pass so young is a tragedy. Especially leaving a wife and two kids.

    Live while you’re young.

    @Bob, I won’t speak for xpun, but I think he found Phishthoughts, lurked mostly, popped in for some turntable, then decided this place was worth delurking for. I wish more people did that (delurked that is).

  2. neemor Says:

    “There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a kindred soul plucked from the earth before his time”

    Indeed.
    Rest easy, Bob. Love to the family.

  3. sumodie Says:

    I find the MSG Tweezer to be best paired with the preceding Wolfman’s

    Interesting that trey peaks Wolfman’s with some Walk Away licks, then peaks Tweezer with a Gin jam (which for me knocks the Tweezer down a few points in comparison with other 2012 versions). Still haven’t blasted the Tweezer on the home theater system to see if my opinion of it improves. Love the full band patience!

    Drummer boy teases in Wolfman’s hold up well, but to me the peak moment is page’s synth(?) work just before that

  4. sumodie Says:

    Inaugural at noon, suppose i will tune in

  5. ren Says:

    Its all about the full band patience @sumo. My appreciation for this Tweez grows with each re-spin. Mature/dense/patient complex Phish.

    Also, can’t believe the Carini clocks in at under 15 min…talk about getting right to it. Fealt like a lifetime live. Love when Phish bends time like that

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    RIP, barefoot Bob. this kind of stuff really hits home. best to his family.

  7. neemor Says:

    For me,
    MSG ’12 Tweezer on good speakers changed everything.
    There are some natural peaks in there that I consider timeless.
    As your attorney, I suggest setting aside 20 minutes with a good chair, a comfortable lighting level in the room and that Tweezer.
    Of course, you’ll be needing the visuals provided on YouTube HD.
    Probably ruin my whole afternoon as surely I’ll have to come with you…

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the type of instragram I believe most here could get behind

  9. BNCB Says:

    Peace to Bobs family.

    For the Cincy kids:

    https://twitter.com/phish_forum/status/293394818871226368

  10. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all. RIP Bob, life throws us so many challenges on a daily basis but this makes you want to appreciate everything you have while you have it.

    Miner is right, have met a ton of phenomenal people through this community over the last 15yrs but have also lost too many in the process.

    Attended a funeral this past saturday morning and then a baby shower right after. One big cycle of life.

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    37 is way too fucking young… what a shame. Fuck cancer indeed. I’m going to enter the raffle. Also going to a family fund raiser for my friend Johnny , who is still slowly recovering from being on that ferry that crashed 2 weeks ago. He is supposed to be taken out of his medically induced coma this week. He is also 37 with 2 small kids. He will survive but faces a long road of surgeries and rehab.

    Great video find Rob.

    I’m the only one in my family off on MLK Day. Can’t believe the school district here doesn’t give the kids the day off. It’s insulting , imo.

    I will get to watch some hockey and Knicks hoops at 1pm in peace for a couple of hours, so thats one positive.

  12. BNCB Says:

    Palmer, I’m at home today too. Taking online class. Will be done in an hour. We can get irie and drop sarcastic comments all day on here.

    Someone pay big $$$$ for the Duval AC prints on the auction.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    12.4.99 Melt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94NMyFeO5xA&feature=youtu.be

  14. marcoesq Says:

    oh didn’t see rob had just posted that…now we have it twice

  15. phlorida phan Says:

    Go bolts, that game still on the island, or did they move to barclays yet?

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Barclays in 2014.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    Flyers 0-2, shitty start to this season

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Suck it Flyers, how did that taste?

  19. BNCB Says:

    Marco good post. I dropped a twitter link. Yours more direct.

    Where’s Tela to thank us?

    Matty Thawed. And Tom Brady playing okay when he needed to play great, plus too many drops by the Smurfs.

  20. marcoesq Says:

    Tasted fine, G$$..still had the Ravens game to look forward to yesterday. That one tasted a little better. Flyers can still go 46-2, I feel it. Sabres have had Flyers number a lot lately.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    tasted like chicken

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    That is the melt, off of one of the Livebaits, no?

  23. marcoesq Says:

    yes it is

  24. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Thanks for the Cincy Split link BNCB & Marco! That was the high point of another great Cincy run for me. A lot of good memories from that weekend.

  25. voopa Says:

    Live Bait 7

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