It seems we've lost too many giants in the music industry lately. Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Dick Clark, Robin Gibb. These people were part of the fabric of our lives. You didn't have to be a fan in order to feel the impact of their contributions to music.
Whitney Houston had an extraordinary voice. She was as comfortable with the soft ballad as she was with a high energy belting style. Anyone who has tried knows that singing like Whitney is a challenge! Mariah, Beyonce, Christina and others since her have continued the Whitney legacy.
I didn't completely sign on to the disco scene, but there was something about Donna Summer. She had some great songs and “heaven knows”, I danced to so many of them. Her sultry rich voice was like no other.
I had been listening to Robin Gibb's music since I was in grade school, from “Massachusetts” to “Jive Talkin' ” to all that Saturday Night Fever music. A member of the Bee Gees, he was also an excellent songwriter, still writing up until he lost his battle with cancer.
But Dick Clark's passing hit hard. Americas oldest living teenager made us feel that we all might stay young forever. He taught us that no matter our age, we could still be excited about new music and new sounds. I think I'll miss him most of all.
We also lost Davy Jones of the Monkees, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and Levon Helm of The Band. Their contributions to the soundtrack of our lives I hope will never be forgotten.
Here's to these legends we have known.. May their memory remind us that the music lives on, so I say, let the music play!
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