In the wake of the recent loss of another music legend, B.B. King, I wanted to talk about the legacy musicians leave behind when they depart this tiny blue marble.
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.