One of those deaths, Glenn Frey, I want to talk about some more before I pay tribute to him.
Glenn Frey had rheumathoid arthritis, something that always draws my attention, because my mother also had RA. She was diagnosed at a time when there was little medicine could do for it. It caused her tremendous suffering. She died relatively young.
Now there are drugs for RA, but they can have nasty, very nasty, side effects because of the way they must work within the body. Heart failure. Nervous system problems. Infections. Susceptibility to tuberculosis. Even cancer.
One of my neighbors died from a cancer that may have been a side effect of one of those drugs. He was only in his early 60's. He told me he did not regret the drug he took because it made a positive difference in his life for about four years (until he was diagnosed with brain cancer.) Meanwhile, Frey died from pneumonia and colitis, in addition to the toll RA took on his body, according to his manager.
Those with RA will have to keep on fighting, every day.
I will now remember Glenn Frey, co-founder of the Eagles? There are so many songs to choose from. I am picking three of my favorites.
My personal favorite, Hotel California.
You Belong to the City.
A Don Henley song, here performed by the Eagles - Dirty Laundry.
This week, we also lost Dale "Buffin" Griffin, drummer for the English rock band Mott the Hoople, dead from Alzheimer's. While they did more than this one song, it's a song I love. All the Young Dudes. It was ironically written by the late David Bowie, who died at 69 earlier this month.
I never thought my "Music Monday" feature would end up as an almost weekly RIP to artists of my youth and young adulthood that we have lost. Next week, I will try to blog a tribute before that artist dies. And after that? We'll see.