Let us not forget how music can help unite us, help bring to attention cultural issues, and bond generations together. We owe it to those who strive to be different in society. We owe it to those who bend the rules and standards that we set for ourselves that promote uniformity. It is this uniformity that keeps us locked in time and stops us from testing the artistic waters that we dream of sipping from. It is not that these people were fearless individuals that were predestined to reach a higher tier than others, but that these were people willing to be afraid. They realized the injustice of telling themselves that “what I want in life is not worth it.”
Let us remember some of these legends and recall their untimely passing so that we can remember how they helped bring us to today.