It is finally over — the year that took so much away from us in such a big swipe.
The year of course is 2016, “a year that will live in infamy,” if you will allow me to paraphrase FDR.
It was a year filled with losses of the famous and talented. There are so many to count and in so many fields of entertainment and arts.
But there are three that stand out as the awful trifecta that death dealt us in this wretched year: two performers whose names are immortalized with a single name, Bowie and Prince, and George Michael.
Sadly these three titans of music died in the same year. Many of us loved their collection of work and mourned the loss of so much music that never became.
As I ready myself to say a very well-deserved good-bye and fuck you to 2016, I take a moment to enjoy a YouTube feast with some of their most celebrated songs and performances.
Every fan has their favorites. And it would be wrong for me to praise one over the other.
But in my heart I carry the joy of watching and listening to George Michael’s “Freedom,” David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and Prince’s Super Bowl halftime show that included “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain.”
I know there are so many songs that each of these artists performed that are immortalized in video and accessible online.
But these songs and performances are the ones I hold in my mind’s eye any time their name is mentioned. I turn to these to relive a glorious time in my youth when I felt invincible and indestructible.
2016 proves that life is fragile and must be treasured because in an instant, and over an ill-fated year, it can be snuffed out indiscriminately.
I look forward to 2017, optimistically and hopefully, remembering the words, “You gotta have faith,” and “I’m still standing in the wind. But I never wave bye-bye,” and “You better live now before the grim reaper comes knocking on your door.”
Come on everyone, Let’s go Crazy!!