Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Monday - Their Generation (And Mine)

This past week has been another week of loss in the rock world.

Allman Brothers founding member and drummer Butch Trucks dead at the age of 69, a result of suicide.  Here, the band performs "Whipping Post" live in 1970.

Geoff Nicholls, formerly of Black Sabbath, dead at 68 from lung cancer.  When I was trying to find clips of Heaven and Hell, an epic album that Geoff Nicholls performed in, I kept seeing tributes to the late Ronnie James Dio, who grew up in Cortland, New York (about 40 miles from where I live).  I will have to leave finding videos of Nicholls playing to more knowledgeable music bloggers.

In pondering these deaths, another thought occurred to me, and I want to share that with you.

Will 2017 be another bad year for music icons?  Based on the aging of rock stars, I think it will be.  It's so easy to think of ourselves as aging, but, at the same time, everyone else is frozen in time. (If you've ever gone to a high school reunion, you know what I mean).  So, we baby boomers may think of the music stars of our youth as still being in their 20's, but, in reality, they've aged along with us.

Here's a sample.
Chuck Berry is 85. 
Little Richard is 79.
Jerry Lee Lewis is 76.
Paul McCartney is 74.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both 73.
Pete Townshend is 71.

Yes, it's only a matter of time. As it is for us all.

One more song, with a famous line.

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7 comments:

  1. The Who were among my bands of youth. And, yes, that is MY generation.

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  2. Ringo is 76, Eric Clapton is 72, Charlie Watts is 75. That whole generation of rock stars who were popular in the Sixties and Seventies is getting much older. Actors, too: this past week, Mary Tyler Moore (80), Mike Connors (91), and Barbara Hale (94). It's part of life. Fortunately, they've left behind a legacy that will be enjoyed forever, if we keep it going.

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  3. It is sad to see that so many rock stars are passing away. I know many people who truly love this music and who grew up with it. I remember many of these songs from my childhood. Although I really never became much of a fan of rock music, I can see that many people see that music as defining their childhoods and youth.

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  4. I loved the music of the 50's and 60's.

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  5. yep, sad times. But that's the way of life, and death.

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  6. Sad indeed.....no one can escape death.....

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