Famous; Dead Or Alive
Whichever genre you listen to (Reggae, Hip-hop, Hard Metal, Rock n Roll, Soul, Jazz, Classical etc.) there’s always an Artist(s) who at their Peak Revolutionized the business and inspired a generation with their Lyrics, Talent, Songs, Personality, and Performance.
They were like demi gods in their prime worshiped by legions of fans worldwide, captivating us with their lyrics & songs, but their cryptic & premature death shocked us and left an inedible mark on our lives, making us immortalize them to the day.
But what if they were still alive; would we hold them in awe? Would their Songs, Lyrics or Compositions be revered? Would their influence & fame be the same as before they died? What influences our attachment to them when dead than alive? Is it something inherent or psychological which makes us appreciate them more when gone?
It’s tough to know what really makes us immortalize such artists, but after reading a few articles, I have advanced several theories to help explain.
“Many things he’d try for he knew soon he would die,” “Today Jimi’s gone, he’s not lonely/ His memory still lives on,” “Five years, he said/ He’s not gone, he’s just dead.” These lines baffled fans globally, as just five years after he was found dead in his flat aspirated by his own vomit while drunk. Many believed he predicted his own death, and from the lines above I am leaning towards the same, which provided an aspect on my theory why people immortalize them, Artist who predicted their death.
By John Lennon, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and Tu pac Shakur, all somehow called their death through lyrics or might have succeeded during interviews. With close prophetic precision of their untimely demise, fans were mystified by making conspiracy theories explaining such premonitions. With no rational reasons or motives, fans refused let them Rest in Peace as they continuously searched for any logical explanations.
Thus immortalizing such artists by refusing to let them fade away, by seeking answers to explain how they could’ve somehow called their own death and revering them by trying to decipher such puzzles.
At age 14, she released her critically acclaimed album, Age ain’t nothing but a number, which was certified gold, and two years later her sophomore album, One in a million, selling 8 million copies worldwide and certified double platinum. Aaliyah Dana Haughton also known by her moniker Aaliyah, achieved such a feat still a teenager, not forgetting her roles in a variety of Blockbusters like Romeo must die.
Just as her star was shining brightly, on August 25, 2001 at the tender age 22 her life was snuffed out with a plane crash in the Bahamas, and after an autopsy traces of cocaine & alcohol was discovered in the pilot program. Her demise shocked all globally, as fans hadn’t had enough of her exceptional talent, they were not finished with her, and she still had more to offer.
Hence providing another aspect of, Sattellite Beach Raccoon Removal, where we immortalize such musicians by refusing to let them Rest in Peace, because their passing came rather too soon & surprising and not giving fans time to comprehend the circumstance.
Or it can be something psychological or innate; since they hold a special place in our heart, just like our loved ones, hence when they die we maintain their memories burning in our hearts thus immortalizing by default.
Whatever reason you have or think of, no one deny the fact that their lyrics & songs played a major role in shaping our lives in one way or another, hence morally obliged to immortalize and keep their memory alive.