Sunday, May 28, 2017

Music Sunday - On the Front Lines

Today, in the United States, the air waves are full of tributes to singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, who died yesterday(possibly from complications of liver cancer), at the age of 69.  It has been such a tragic week for music and music fans, starting with the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England (more on that later in this post).

Allman was one of many who were so creative, and also so self-destructive.  I constantly wonder about this combination, and why (in my view) it exists.

As tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States, I am moving my Music Monday to today.

I will let Allman's music speak for itself.  What else can I add? 

Whipping Post.

Mellissa, such a sweet song.

And, a hit song on his own; "I'm No Angel".  He wasn't.

Rockers reacted in the modern way, on Twitter.

Meanwhile, in England, nearly a week after a terrorist bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, the singer beloved by so many teens and preteens (and even their parents) announced a benefit concert with proceeds going to the victims' families.  She announced this with a moving letter to her fans.

In honor of all those at that concert, here is a video of Dangerous Woman.

Meanwhile, Grande's mother has been placed under heavy security.

We live in sobering times, and depend on those in the entertainment business to help us cope with sorrow and uncertainty.  Now, after Bataclan, and Manchester, entertainers are now on the front lines. 

6 comments:

  1. It is so appalling that music lovers could be targeted for such a dastardly act. The incident in Manchester has shocked me beyond words, the city being my home for close to ten years...I sometimes wonder what kind of a world are we leaving behind for our children? Allman's death, as you rightly say, leaves behind a loss within the music industry. Praying for the soul to rest in peace.

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  2. I am sure they give a big tribute to the singer. The Ariana concert bombing was a very sad incident. It breaks my heart to see youngsters and their parents going through all this.

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  3. Sad, isn't it? Music is supposed to be fun, to allow us to forget our troubles, unless the artist chooses to enter the fray.

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  4. Hard to believe both Gregg and Duane are gone. One of my favorite all time bands, and "Live at the Fillmore East" is probably in my top 10 albums.

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