Monday, January 18, 2016

Music Monday - A Bad Beginning

Today, in the United States, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, where we pay tribute to one of the most influential men in our country from the 20th century.

On this Music Monday, I pay tribute with a song by Dion, a native, like me, of the Bronx (a borough of New York City) - Abraham, Martin and John.

His loss is still felt, almost 50 years after his death. 

Loss is one of the few constants in our lives. If you want to get philosophical, check out this blog post on loss.

This week, we have other losses in our world to mourn.  For the creative community, this has been a rough 10 days.

A number of deaths this week hit the creative world.  Some were of the singing world, some of the acting world, some were of both worlds.

First, David Bowie, dead of cancer at 69.  Just about everything that can be said about him has been said, so I will simply post his Space Oddity video, made in 1969. (Not the hit version; see which you like better.)

Alan Rickman, dead of cancer at 69.  (Here, his famous encounter with helium.)
 Dan Haggerty, "Grizzly Adams" dead of cancer at 74. (This is a thirteen minute interview, but even a couple of minutes will show you what kind of man he was).

Celine Dion, the renowned singer - this past week both her husband and one of her brothers died - both from cancer.  Here she performs her hit "I'm Alive".
 And finally, Noreen Corcoran,  famous for her role on the TV show Bachelor Father.  I can't resist but post two of her songs from the 1960's.  Here is Dreamin' of You.

Love Kitten - so catchy and toe-tapping.

May the rest of 2016 be better.


  1. Literally all over the map- England, US, Canada....

  2. Yes, "May the rest of 2016 be better." Thank you for sharing these videos. Lovely tribute.

  3. My heart goes out to Celine Dion! Losing two family members in just a short time, is definitely the most tragic loss.

  4. While their passing makes us sad, they remain eternal through their wonderful work and as time moves on, it is sometimes hard to think of them as not there. Beautiful tribute, Alana! Have a great week!

  5. I didn't know about the last two on the list, and today I heard we lost Glen Fry as well at 67. Such a sad period for music history.

  6. So much loss. As someone who has been dealing with cancer for almost a year (my brother was diagnosed last February), it's tragic how many lives it's touched and taken. Thanks for this moving tribute.

  7. I am astonished about all the celebrities that have passed so far. My heart goes out to Celine Dion


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