It’s been a tough year for those of us who regard music as an important pat of our lives. It didn’t start well when the news filtered through of the death of David Bowie – my favourite artist of all time. He has provided a soundtrack to my life.
But 2016 has been cruel on the music industry – like no other I can remember. It’s a sad list:
Glenn Frey (The Eagles)
Sir George Martin – producer of the Beatles
In fact the year has been tough on celebrities across the genre – Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Ronnie Corbett, Caroline Ahearne, Victoria Wood, Mohammed Ali, AA Gill and Andrew Sachs to name but a few.
You frequently hear that 2016 has been a ‘bad’ year, but this is a complex statistical landscape. The general view is that it has not been an unusually high year, but rather that we are seeing more celebrities now- we are 50 years on from the pop explosion of the 1960’s. We are also much more aware of celebrity now with social media.
Even so, the music industry has lost some real gems – who were not one hit wonders. Stars who stood the test of time. Their music will, of course live on. They leave us with some incredible soundtracks. When you have a moment listen to my favourite track – from the Serious Moonlight tour – Young Americans.
In the meantime we should remember that we do have just the one life …. we should remember to live it!