Weekly Sound Special #2: Why We React When Musicians Die

Let me start by saying that 2016 has been a terrible year to be a musician. From David Bowie to the recent passing of Prince, and everyone in between, it has been truly heartbreaking. In fact while writing this I learned that bassist Lonnie Mack died, who played bass on one of my favorite Doors albums, so it doesn’t seem to be letting up at all.

So why do we care about these people we’ve never met and probably never would have? Well usually, it isn’t the person itself we only mourn for. Yes, a beautiful talented person passed away and for that the world is a darker place, and I won’t be the last to say that. Do not take that for crass or uncaring, because the passing of icons saddens me.

Yet, I can’t say that without saying that it is the loss or sting of death on our memories and the songs that cause us to react. You can’t hear Purple Rain now without feeling a bit emotional now, or listen to Heroes and not think of how suddenly Bowie was taken from us.

As we grow up we hear these songs, or see videos of them at a recent performance, it doesn’t occur to you that one day they’ll pass. We sing at karaoke with friends, or blare it in the car on bad days. These works of art become part of our lives, little moments where we were understood artists. That’s why we cry. That’s why it comes as a shock every time.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to brace myself for whenever the death of Stan Lee is because I will cry forever when that happens.


Weekly Sound Special #1: Record Store Day!

Hello, and welcome to the first Weekly Sounds Special, where instead of rambling about an album, I inform you on a relevant topic. Like a news report, but on not. Yeah.

So in case you didn’t know, every year in April the folks who run RSD help publisher, store owners, and collectors celebrate buying vinyl and the whole process of keeping your local record store alive. It started back in 2007 and hasn’t stopped since, spreading across the world and gathering tons of bands to help them out.

“So what’s so special about RSD?”, you ask aloud. Well, besides helping store owners and record labels keep their doors open another day, companies make special deal and releases on this day. This ranges to colored vinyl record, chances for give away, and even limited edition record players like this one that features the Peanuts!

In addition to that, the stores themselves may have special deals going on that day such as discounts, buy one get one free deals, or 25% off anything in the store. It’s just a way of saying thank you for the support.

Overall this is a day to celebrate your collection with people who love the same thing you do.  Who knows, maybe you’ll get a great find, or rub elbows with some bands who frequently show up to shops to autograph and celebrate. At the end of the day, RSD is for the people.

If you want to find a record store near you, check out the official website http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home 

Happy Hunting.