When I was younger I used to be confused by the reactions of people to the deaths of famous musicians or actors, not understanding how someone could be so affected by losing someone they didn't know personally, never met in real life. It's always sad when anyone dies, but the reasons we loved them are still around. When a musician dies, his/her music is still around, and an actor still has their movies. We can always revisit and re-live the music that made us fall in love with the musician. In this way the artist never dies, but lives on through the fans that they've moved.
Now that I've got a few more years under my belt I realize that we get upset when musicians we like pass on because whether or not we knew them personally, the impact of their music on our lives is very real, and losing them can sometimes be a crushing blow.
So go home and put on your favorite album, crack open a cold beverage, and remind yourself why you love music.
Kevin is a veteran Sylvan Music employee, with a profound love of usually four stringed instruments like bass and ukulele. He's also an accomplished jaw harpist. You can find him playing shows around town in his folk/rock band Sun Maiden, or his metal band Rat King. If he's not at work he's probably covered in grease working on one of his motorcycles.