Friday, April 29, 2016

Senses working overtime #54

1 Prince
I've had enough of celebrity deaths in 2016. It's quite a list so far: Merle Haggard, Garry Shandling, Patti Duke, Frank Sinatra Jnr., Vanity (like her former producer Prince, she was only 57), Dan Hicks, Maurice White, Terry Wogan, Abe Vigoda (a.k.a. Fish), Jimmy Bain, Glen Frey, Dale Griffin (from Mott The Hoople), Victoria Wood, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty, Pierre Boulez, Robert Stigwood, Paul Bley, and Vilos Zsigmond are the big ones.

Enough already! This has been a bad four months so far. I thought I'd dedicate this week's SWO to five + one of those who have joined all of those listed and Polly, the famously stunned Norwegian Blue.

Prince was only 57. I'm also a baby boomer, a year older than Prince.

2 Kantner and Anderson

Kantner far left, Anderson up front.
Freakishly, Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson left the Planet Earth Rock 'N' Roll Band together on the same day in January and are now among the stars. 

Signe was the vocalist before Grace took over.

3 Emerson
Keith Emerson. Sadly, prog titan Keith Emerson has made sure ELP never play again.

4 George  
Dear old George Martin. Bless his cottons.

5 Black
Tragically, Colin Vearncombe (a.k.a. Black) died from a car crash in Ireland in January. He was only 53!

No need to laugh or cry/ It's a wonderful, wonderful life

Overtime: Bowie
This continues to resonate and appall really. How is all this possible?

My choice - how to pick one Bowie song? Changes? Ashes To Ashes? Heroes? Sorrow? Lazarus? All are appropriate, but I'm going for a slightly more obscure one from Hunky Dory: the prophetic Quicksand.

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