We’d have to all agree it’s been a pretty average start to 2016 with the loss of not one, not two but three iconic voices. On January 10th, two days after his 69th birthday, the shocking news of David Bowie’s death spread like wildfire.
Less than a week later – before any of us got to catch our breath and process the passing of such an amazing artist – another cultural masterpiece joined the ranks when the marvelous Alan Rickman left us for a higher place.
And then yesterday to seal the deal, Glenn Frey, the voice of the Eagles let his wings soar and left the entertainment world reeling about another massive hole left by the departure of yet another icon.
I had a soft spot for all three of these artists and reading through all of the news articles, memes, quotes and old interviews what really stuck out was the power of their own words. Not lyrics from one of their songs, or a quote from a character in one of their movies, but their own words.
Words which were spoken in the purest form, not from a script but from the heart. Words that were spoken to fans on stage, to a journalist asking about their life, words that were spoken from a place that was true and it is beautiful to think that this is a part of the legacy they have left us to compliment their huge catalog of talent.
Here are my favourite quotes from the divine David Bowie, alluring Alan Rickman and glorious Glenn Frey:
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it wont be boring.” On stage at Madison Square Garden, 1997.
“I’m a star. Just add water and stir.”
“As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?”
“There’s a voice inside you that you tells you what to do.”
“Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility.”
“It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.”
“I’ve read somewhere that when you’re writing, you should stop while you’re doing well so you always want to go back to work.”
“My songs grow old on people – like warts.”
“Hey, I didn’t make a big deal out of Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did.”
Yes, the world will be a different place without their physical presence but these three brilliant chaps have all left a gift that will continue to keep on giving.
Through their music, their movies and their sheer existence, their words in whichever form they were spoken, have embedded themselves into our personal history and into our hearts reminding us that we can all in fact be heroes, even if for just one day.