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My thoughts on the passing of music icons

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My thoughts on the passing of music icons

/ 12:05 AM January 26, 2016

A world without our music heroes is a horrible thought to accept, but with the increasing number of them recently passing away, this sad reality has become inevitable. I cannot recall a time when there has been so many music icons who have passed away practically one after another in such a short span of time.

We have had Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, and David Bowie who have left us. And now, the latest being Glenn Frey has been added to the list. Those are five influential artists already in less than three months!

It always saddens me when artists pass away. Then, and ironically, that becomes the only time people would buy their records again and begin to appreciate the kind of musical genius they had been offering us since Day One! Let’s take David Bowie, for example. After decades of him being an active performer and a recording artist, it was only recently that one of his albums has become a Number 1 record in the US.

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That is why when it comes to my articles, from the very beginning, one of my objectives has been to never focus entirely on the present. I find that to give attention only to the current crop of artists is irresponsible and almost questionable.

I also look back to the past… to acknowledge and honor the music icons. I wish to also remind the youth and the “young once” about my music heroes as I was growing up so that they too can discover and rediscover these music titans for themselves. As far as I am concerned, these artists are not merely “past greats.” They have become music icons for many reasons.

Their music is not to be identified only to one generation or one age group of music aficionados. Our music icons will never belong to one specific era nor can they be held down to a certain decade only of popular music. Why so? It is because their music is timeless!

So, in a very real sense, these artists who have gone on continue to be with us… through their music.

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