Monday, August 11, 2008

R.I.P. Isaac Hayes

Farewell, "Chef" ...

Thank-You, Dallas Penn, for posting "Walk On By" along with "The Look Of Love" and "Chocolate Salty Balls"...

Say goodbye to silky smooth seventies soul. If you've never heard it (or even if you have) , seek out and go listen to Isaac Hayes' version of "Walk On By" and then you'll realize the American Black music known as rap should be re-named "crap." These days, every "song" is a piece of music stolen - er, "sampled" from a real hit tune, along with "singers" who can barely warble thier way thru a few choruses of "my shorty" and "ella-ella-ella" (phrases ripped off from other popular songs). Don't misread me now: there are many excellent black recording artists, but rap has been permeated by what we used to call "biters" who have no thread of originality and probably no concept of what originality is. Tsk Tsk. But I digress. Today is a sad day for "hot buttered souls" everywhere.

Death. If it seems like more people are dying, it's probably because more people in the public eye are passing away: the number of people including celebrities and politicians who are in the line of vision of that public eye has dramatically increased since 1995 with the advent of the Internet. Factor in that many of the VIPs who were prominent in the 1950s, 60s and 70s (and even 80s) public eyes are getting longer and longer in the tooth.

Tim Russert, George Carlin, Randy Pausch, Tony Snow, DJ K-Swift and Bernie Mac are just a few who have very recently crossed the river.

So, it's not that more people are dying. It's that in this digital age we are aware of and are following more people. Don't feel bad. Death is the part of life. Yet another reason to "live each day as if it were your last."

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