Abe Vigoda, beloved character actor and long time defier of death, has finally stopped harassing the grim reaper and passed away. It was only weeks ago the world was reeling from the loss of David Bowie and reassuring itself that we still had Abe with us. Now we are left only with Betty White and Martin Landau to console us by still not being dead. Thanks for the good times Abe.
Glenn Frey 1949-2016
by Frank Simmonn
JANUARY 19, 2016
Glenn Frey, song writer, & powerhouse behind the hit song The Heat is On for the blockbuster movie Beverly Hills Cop has died from complications involving rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and pneumonia. He was also founding member of somewhat popular band The Eagles. He co-wrote possibly The Eagles most popular song Hotel California in 1976. The Eagles broke up in 1980. Then in need of money reformed in 1994.
David Bowie 1947-2016
by Eric Rubelmann
JANUARY 14, 2016
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're going through
This was put at the end of the movie The Breakfast Club. I watched that movie hundreds of times. My grandma had it on vhs. It was almost a ritual. Go to grandmas house. Wait for everyone to start doing their adult stuff and then my sister and I would watch the movie. John Hughes knew about the angst of teens. And David Bowie who's lyrics Hughes used for the film knew about so much more. He tapped into the world of isolation and brought it out into the forefront. No matter what phase of Bowie you listened to and there were many. He always had a voice for the looked over. The people that the mainstream cast aside. And in doing so created a world where a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal all were able to be united. Not just on film. Today all across the world people have been reflecting on just how much David Bowie meant to them. And it hasn't been one stereotype, one easy definition of a person. And that is beautiful. Through common isolated feelings. No matter why they were felt. People understood that this talented man that spent the first half of his persona on stage completely androgynous encompassed us all. Hell even as the Goblin King in the movie The Labyrinth you kind of wanted him to win. He was that charming and talented at disarming your preconceived notions of what a villain was. And damn could he sing. When he sings Within You he sounds like he should be on Broadway. I spent years wishing I could be that guy that could sing like that and gain the attention of a girl. Look at these lyrics. Sing them in his voice. You remember them.
How you turned my world, you precious thing
You starve and near exhaust me
Everything I've done, I've done for you
I move the stars for no one
You've run so long You've run so far
This guy aches for this girls attention. His conceit is awfully high. But as a kid what girl do you know that didn't swoon, yes swoon for him?And this was 80's Bowie. Well removed from Ziggy Stardust. He had yet to form Tin Machine in the 90's. He'd yet to perform Afraid of Americans with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. He embraced every genre of music and did it better than most of the people that had been doing it longer in some cases. His lyrical ability and musicianship often went overlooked. But he was the ultimate Star. And being the ultimate gentleman left us with a new album Blackstar two days before his death. And shortly after his 69th birthday. And it is a beautiful album. It will draw parallels to Johnny Cash's last album. Both men peering into the afterlife as the made their final works of art. The only difference is the agility that Bowie had in his voice. While Cash sounded every bit the weary broken down man at the alter of God. Bowie sounds like he joined the Choir of Angels that formed the universe. It's sad to lose another great artist. But it's a little easier feeling like he's joined the starlight he so often sang about. Thank you, Mr. Bowie.
© 2016, Joey Feldman