"Every time a musician's name is trending, I hold my breath." -- Sugapablo
Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant understands that. He realizes he is no longer the sexy rock God with a mane of golden locks, crooning and preening for the screaming young women in the audience.
The thought is, however, a stark reminder of our own mortality, which is perhaps even more shocking to our sensibilities.
"I literally broke down in tears when I heard about David Bowie. It was devastating." -- Joey Granati, Granati Brothers
"2016 was like a punch to the gut - especially Bowie and Prince, but man, let's face it - a few of us chatting here are old enough to expect some truly difficult years as people that we loved since our childhood or teens will certainly pass on to the next world - it happens to the best of 'em, no matter who. What will it be like when the remaining Zep guys, Gilmour, remaining Who alumni, McCartney & Ringo, etc,? Let's be thankful we still have some greats left,and a few of us that genuinely care as well! No disrespect to Prince, or especially Bowie, who worked tirelessly til' the end. Live in this moment - it's the one we have." -- Gabriel Ceyrolles
This year almost all of us have experienced the loss of a musician who has touched our lives in deeply personal ways. Some have inspired us creatively, others were there for us during the good times and the bad. As stated earlier, the soundtrack of our lives.
"Keith Richards lives. Ozzy is alive. Iggy still stalks the streets. 2016 was amateur year. Mourn your heroes, even the OD'S. But you ain't seen nothin yet." --James Van Fossen
"I was saddened by Bowie's death. I always loved the classic hits, and he seemed like such a cool guy that would treat his fans with respect. But I was truly devastated by the death of Prince. He was too young and still had great music in him. When I read the news I cried like I'd lost a friend. Ever since hearing I Wanna Be Your Lover in 1979, I've been in love with his music. It peaked in the 80s and continued through the 90s. Saw him live at the Arena in '04 and was blown away." -- Scott Blasey, The Clarks
"If there's one thing I've learned from losing so many amazing artists in 2016, it's this: buy the damn concert tickets." -- Katie Simone
"I haven't read the article yet, but I promise I'm still wandering about on this earthly plane...." -- Phat Man Dee
"People grow old~they die...musicians are not exempt from this but I believe in Reincarnation~the Energy of these amazing people will return to produce beautiful art again! Meanwhile, their music lives on in this lifetime." -- Terry Filia Popovich, Cosmic Attack Blues Band
"Each year we come closer n closer to the end of the "rockstar". 2016 felt like the cheat code from Hell n put us into a bit of warp speed...sadly." -- Robbie Perrone, East End
"Emerson, Lake and Squire were big ones for me." -- Ketan Bakrania, Chaibaba
"Much like every year....We've lost too many this year, not only musical geniuses, but loved ones as well. Savor the moments left with loved ones...." -- Sean Nestor, Homicide Black
"I'd like to say that, like the George Harrison album, all things must pass. All artists, whether an actor or musician will live on through their fans and art. It brings us closer as fans and brings us closer as an artistic community. I was 15 when SRV died and to this day it makes his music more important to me. Enjoy each other while you're still around. Tell your friends you love them. It might be your last chance." -- Martin Feick
"The brightest stars often are the first to fade out. For me, Prince had this biggest impact, as far the amazing artists that we have lost in 2016. Although, each had their role in changing the musical landscape for many." -- Chris Roy, Vermithrax
"I think that it will continue in 17. Unfortunately, our music idols are at that age... We have stayed young though!" -- Joe Reibling
"It's been pretty ill for awhile now." -- Khaleef D. Williams
"This is a post from my page the day that Bowie died. It was accompanied by a photo that hangs over my home studio desk. This is one of three photos that have hung above my home studio desk for years. I'm not usually one to weigh in on things like this via facebook. But, it's Bowie.
Because my parents are righteous, intelligent, cool and open minded people I have known Bowie's music for longer than I can recall. The cover of the Diamond Dogs LP used to freak me out a little as a young child. I remember JBL's slamming to Suffragette while vinyl spun.
A few years back, a friend of mine who is in the audio recording business got me hip to a quote from Stephen King. It goes something like this. "Talent is never static, it's always growing or dying."
I kept thinking of this when trying to conceptualize Bowie's greatness. He represented so many fantastic forms, and stasis, was surely never a part of his various incarnations.
It is no coincidence that the list of his many styles are exactly what makes up popular music today. Folk, space, rock, jazz, synth, dance, orchestral, we could keep going. Combinations of these forms are the fabric of modern popular music. As if we are all building off of a blueprint created by the man.
There will be countless songs shared and farewells noted. But maybe most importantly, think of stasis. Battle the stasis. Don't stop wearing different clothes or reading new books. Don't be afraid to pick up a new instrument or take a foray into a new genre. If the brilliance of the man is to be paid tribute to and emulated. Swear off the static."
-- T.j. Connolly
"As I am about to turn 60.. and have spent the last few years becoming "that" person that checks the damn obits every morning to make sure nobody I know is gone.. :P Here's the thing about the musical and entertainment world losses this year.. Yes it seems the Grim Reaper brought in a hell of a harvest this year.. Starting at the end of '15 with Lemmy and continuing all the way up to today with "Leia" Soo many of our musical and entertainment world heros fell this year.. I think the problem is, as the heros of the past, die off.. I see very few, if any, young bucks stepping up to the plate.. in 20,30, 40 years.. how many of the young rising stars of today will have stood the test of time, prove to have been trail blazers and not copiers.. Still be relevant? That's the loss I think people feel the most.. As for me, even though it was coming and expected.. the one that got me in the feels the most was Ali.. not a musical loss.. but a personal hero.. Rest in Power all.. Strap in folks.. '17 doesn't hold much promise..." -- Mama Jo
"One generation yields to the next...what's new?" -- Ken Smelko