It is with a very heavy heart that I write this tonight. I found out today that I lost a brother. Although it was been many years since I had talked with him it doesn't change the emotion that I am feeling tonight knowing that I will never see, talk to or play music with Dave Ayer again.
I met Dave at Sequoia High School through my friend Laryssa. She knew I was trying to put a band together for a Battle of the Bands slot I had gotten myself into. The original drummer and bass player hadn't worked out, but I didn't want to give up on playing.
We started out as Rhythm and Rhyme - the band thrown together for a Battle of the Bands contest at Sequoia High School. Soon after that "gig" we changed our name to The Screaming Paisleys, played for a little while and then broke up. At a party at my buddy Scott Rehlaender's house Dave Ayer (The Screaming Paisleys' drummer) heard some of the tracks I had recorded and thought it would be cool to get together. We reenlisted Brent Willson (bass) and began practicing, but soon stopped playing together again. I started looking for a bass player to fill Brent's spot. One night while working at Gelb Music (click here
to visit their website) Tony Iuppa saw the flier pinned to the wall and approached me asking if he could "try out" for the band. So Dave, Tony and I began practicing.
The Screaming Paisleys were together again.
Dave and I played music together for a few years and even after we stopped playing together I would still go watch him play - in amazement of his talent as a drummer. Dave and I worked together at Kosman Office Supply (he got me the job). We spent a lot of time together - in high school and beyond.
Dave was a wonderfully sweet guy. I hope heaven knows how lucky they are to have him.
Condolences to his family and those who knew and loved him.
Services for David Richard Ayer will be on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:30pm here at Chapel of the Chimes in our Reflection Chapel, here in Hayward, California.
David Richard Ayer
October 15, 1968 - December 17, 2012
Hear some of Dave's work...
Here are some more photos...back in the day...
This is the last time I saw Dave.