Whichever genre you listen to (Reggae, Hip-hop, Hard Metal, Rockledge Raccoon Removal, Rock n Roll, Soul, Jazz, Classical etc.) there’s always an Artist(s) who in their Peak Revolutionized the business and inspired a generation with their Lyrics, Talent, Songs, Personality, and Performance.
They were like demi gods in their deepest worshiped by legions of fans worldwide, enticing us with their lyrics & songs, but their mysterious & untimely death shocked us and left an inedible mark on our lives, making us immortalize them to this day.
But what if they were still alive; would we hold them in awe? Would their Songs, Lyrics or Compositions be revered? Would their sway & popularity be the same as before they died? What influences our attachment to them when dead than alive? Is it something innate or psychological which makes us appreciate them more?
It’s tough to know what really makes us immortalize such musicians, but after reading several posts, I have advanced several theories to help explain.
“Many things he’d try for he knew soon he would die,” “Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone/ 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 decades after he was found dead in his flat aspirated by his own vomit while intoxicated. Many believed he predicted his own death, and by the lines above I’m leaning towards the same, which provided an aspect on my theory why people immortalize them Artist who called their death.
By John Lennon, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and Tu pac Shakur, all somehow predicted their passing through lyrics or might have succeeded during interviews. With close prophetic precision of the untimely demise, fans were mystified by creating conspiracy theories explaining such premonitions. With no rational explanations or reasons, fans refused let them Rest in Peace as they continuously searched for any rational explanations.
Thus immortalizing such musicians by refusing to let them fade away, by seeking answers to describe how they could’ve somehow predicted their own death and revering them by attempting to decipher such mysteries.
At age 14, she released her critically acclaimed album, Age ain’t nothing but a number, which was certified gold, and two years after 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 following an autopsy traces of cocaine & alcohol was found in the pilot system. Her demise shocked all worldwide, as lovers had not had enough of her exceptional talent, they weren’t finished with her, and she had more to offer.
Hence providing another aspect of, Artist gone Too Soon, where we immortalize such artists by refusing to allow them Rest in Peace, because their demise came rather too soon & sudden rather than giving fans time to understand the situation.
Or it may be something inherent or psychological; as they hold a special place in our heart, just like our nearest and dearest, 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 songs & lyrics played a major role in shaping our lives in one way or another, hence morally obliged to immortalize and keep their memory alive.