St. Paul proclaimed Friday was Leah Rule Day

Photo by Steve Cohen
Rob Rule and his wife Leah next to him.
Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday to pay tribute to Leah Rule, a fixture at the Turf Club and the Twin Cities music scene. She passed on December 21, 2012, following a journey with cancer of unknown primary (CUP).

Though there were moments of sadness during the evening celebrating her life, the songs and speeches brought out a widespread positivity among those who knew how fortunate they were to know Rule. Chiefly, that was her closest confidante, husband and partner Rob Rule. He was dressed like a rocker for the occasion, including a T-shirt with his wife's nickname Lela on it and fly sunglasses with "L" and "R" on the lenses -- either to stand for left and right or Leah and Rob, he explained.

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One of the points that held quite a bit of resonance, among the many of the event, was when Rob explained the cover of the evening's eight-page paper program, which features plenty of examples of Leah's fine artwork from her Rural Fox comic.

Rob referred to the text found on headstones in a cemetery, which place a single dash between the years a person is alive. Well, if life has to be summed up in a dash, they decided that it would take "hundreds and hundreds" to represent the rich 44 years of Leah Rule's life.

As Rob peformed acoustically with Mammy Nuns cohort Dennis Hildreth, it was remarked that this was the first time playing these songs in a suit jacket. For the entire evening, a stream of photographs capturing Leah's entire life -- her family and friends, her animals, her work -- was projected on the stage.
Photo by Steve Cohen
Anecdotes from Leah's brothers Greg and Jaime captured her sense of humor, artistic prowess, love for music (especially that "little guy" Prince), and the fortitude she exhibited throughout her illness. "She was strong for her family when we were supposed to be strong for her," Greg said.

And, as a surprise, friend Martin Devaney -- who also performed later in the evening -- came to the stage with a framed proclamation from St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman declaring that Friday, January 4, 2013 was Leah Rule Day.
Photo by Steve Cohen

What several folks remarked, and many more were surely thinking, was that the bond of love between Leah and Rob Rule was unique and powerful. It came through in the shrines of art they called homes, the shared music injected into their daily existence, and the community of people they fostered around them.

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