The e-mail notification popped up in the lower corner of my screen: “Rock Royal Prince Dead at 57.”
Oh no. Not another one.
This comes in a year when we have already lost more talented musicians than I can count on two hands. Some better known than others; some too soon (though is it ever late enough to lose a beautiful voice?); others after what we describe as “a full life.”
Sometimes a song is worth a thousand words. Listen up.
Many of these musicians—Prince, Bowie, Earth Wind and Fire, The Eagles, and of course The Beatles—provided the soundtrack for significant events in my life. Listening to their songs made me cry, but listening is the best shield against the Great Silence.
To those who tell stories and twang our heartstrings through music, I salute you.