I feel like 2016 has been one of the most roller coaster years in recent history. We had an almost sitcom-like election, beloved actors and actresses were taken from us so expectantly, and geopolitical tensions are at a high.
No category has experienced ups & downs more than the world of music, however. We lost ICONS this last year, and the majority of them were unexpected. David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Greg Lake, Alphonse Mouzon, Maurice White, Leonard Coen, and George Michael all left us this year, and that’s not even half!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we saw reunion performances from the original Misfits, A Tribe Called Quest released their first album in EIGHTEEN YEARS, and out of nowhere The freakin’ SMITHS announced that they’ll be releasing a new LP that features previously unreleased tracks!
I don’t even understand what’s going on anymore, and I’ve stopped trying. This last year has tumultuous and confusing at every turn, and just when we think things are calming down it throws us another curveball.
Like the sudden loss of Carrie Fisher. I know that’s not music related, but I am a lifelong Star Wars fan, and I was just as upset over losing Princess Leia/General Leia Organa as I was over Bowie. And then, the very next day, her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away! (That rhyme was unintentional, but I’m leaving it in.) Reynolds was well known throughout the Musical community for her work on stage and in the classic “Singing in the Rain.”
As this last week of this insane year draws to a close, I want to encourage my readers to keep an optimistic outlook on the coming year. Who knows, 2017 may just be the most exciting and impactful year in music we’ve seen in a long time! I mean, The Flaming Lips are starting us off with a new album next month, and I am definitely excited about that!