Whichever genre you listen to (Reggae, Hip-hop, Hard Metal, Rock n Roll, Soul, Jazz, Classical etc.) there is 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 cryptic & premature death shocked us left an inedible mark on our lives, making us immortalize them to the day.
But what if they were still living; would we hold them in awe? Would their sway & fame be the same as before they died? What affects our attachment to them when dead than alive? Is it something inherent or psychological which makes us appreciate them more ?
It’s tough to understand what really makes us immortalize such musicians, but after reading a few posts, I have advanced several theories to help explain.
“Many things he’d try because he knew soon he would die,””Today Jimi’s gone, he is not lonely / His memory lives on,””Five decades, he said/ He is 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 drunk. Many thought he predicted his own death, and from the lines above I’m leaning towards the same, which provided an aspect on my theory why people immortalize themArtist who called their death.
By John Lennon, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, and Tu pac Shakur, all somehow called their passing through lyrics or may have succeeded during interviews. With close prophetic precision of the premature departure, fans were mystified by making conspiracy theories describing such premonitions. With no rational reasons or motives, fans refused let them idle in Peace as they always searched for any logical explanations.
Thus immortalizing such musicians by refusing to let them fade away, by seeking answers to describe how they could have somehow called their own death and revering them by attempting to decipher such puzzles.
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 discovered in the pilot program. Her passing shocked all global, as lovers hadn’t had enough of her outstanding talent, they weren’t finished with her, and she had more to offer.
Hence providing another facet of, Artist gone Too Soon, where we immortalize such musicians by refusing to allow them Rest in Peace, because their passing came rather too soon & surprising rather than giving fans time to understand the circumstance.
Or it may be something inherent or psychological; since they hold a special place in our heart, just like our nearest and dearest, hence when they expire we maintain their memories burning within our hearts thus immortalizing by default.
Whatever reason you have or think of, nobody deny the fact that their lyrics & songs played a significant part in shaping our lives in one way or another, hence morally obliged to immortalize and keep their memory alive.