Black Stars Rising

Black Stars Rising

I’d like to begin this blog with an analogy: nobody has ever argued that a forest fire isn’t destructive and all-consuming. We’ve seen on our TV sets when the last lick of smoke climbs its way into the sky, leaving the trail of devastation in its wake.

Spirits in the Sky
John Turner & the AnotherTicket team

However, the greatest darkness isn’t so much the loss of life: plants, animals, trees and so on; the greatest darkness is if we decide not to start again, not to lay down a single seed and then wait for the first green leaves to appear. Hope and restoration begins with one seed.

On December 28th 2015, Lemmy of Motorhead fame died of cancer. He was 70. Who doesn’t know those immortal lines, ‘You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me.’ In the same song, Lemmy shouts, ‘I don’t want to live forever.’ Like all the artists mentioned in this blog, (and those not) we’re just glad they got a pretty good innings.

January 10th 2016, aged 69, two days after his birthday and the release of the fantastic new album Blackstar, David Bowie also lost his battle to cancer. Perhaps more than any other artist who has ever lived, Bowie was the ultimate chameleon and true challenger of conventions. Just listen to the title song of his last album and notice how genre-defying and immersive it is. David Bowie: a unique voice and true star.

January 14th, 2016, also aged 69 and also to cancer, Alan Rickman died. Known by many for his immortal role as the posh villain in Die Hard, Rickman was also a seasoned thespian and well respected by his peers for his kindness and grounded personality. And who can forget Severus Snape? Alan Rickman will indeed be missed Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Other deaths include Glen Frey, aged 67, Eagles co-founder and along with Don Henley, responsible for such hits as Life in the Fast Lane and the eponymous Hotel California, as well as guitarist Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame. Now who hasn’t sung out in chorus, ‘we haven’t seen that ghost here since 1969’ or grooved (probably very drunk!) to Boogie Wonderland?!

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, have a faith or not, we here at AnotherTicket are reminded that ‘those voices are calling from far away’ and although all our legends eventually come to the end of their time, their music lives on. As Bowie says in Blackstar:Something happened on the day he died; spirit rose a meter and stepped aside…’

Check out and enjoy the videos of all the great artists featured here and comment in the box below. Folks, just remember: this month’s blog isn’t about dwelling in sadness about loved ones we’ve lost personally or great icons no longer here; it’s about celebrating the legacy they’ve left behind and, most importantly, planting those seeds. So, on that note, cheer yourself up with this last link and celebrate life!

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  • 20 Jan 2016

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