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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

To The Faithful Departed

I hate to lead with this, but we have lost two more musicians that have graced the charts of the past.  Delores O'Riordan, leader of the Cranberries, just keels over, aged 46.  Her magic Irish voice graced many a hit on the alt charts, including the flat out best anti-war song ever, 1994's Zombie...

Another mother's breakin'
Heart is takin' over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken

It's the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they're still fightin'
With their tanks, and their bombs
And air bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dyin'

In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What's in your head, in your head?
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie

Still gives me chills...

The other was Gospel singer Edwin Hawkins, whose singers had a big hit with 1969's Oh Happy Day.  Another great tune, though not having the same impact on me as Delores, and songs like I'm Still Remembering...

They say the cream will always
Rise to the top
They say that good people
Are always first to drop
What of Kurt Cobain
Will his presence still remain
Remember J.F.K
Ever saintly in a way

Where are you now
Where are you now
Where are you now
I say, where are you now?

I'm sorry, this post was meant to be something else... something longer, more fun.  But as I listened to the songs again- for the first time in a while-  my heart just broke.  Where are you now....


  1. Chris:
    ---I heard about Delores early today and JUST heard about Hawkins HERE.
    Oh Happy Day was a favorite of ours in those times...and with good reason.

    Man, they're falling like raindrops.
    You chose two excellent songs.

    Many hearts are heavy, brother.
    Stay well up there.

  2. It is sad when someone with talent dies so young

  3. Sad is the word. And I'm Still Remembering always made me cry BEFORE...

  4. It's sad. Just plain sad. There is no other word that conveys it so. I share your pain.