Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Only the good die young...

Close or careful readers of this blog (don't laugh, there might be one) will be aware that my musical tastes tend towards the classical. But it's a tendency. Not exclusivity.

In fact, I like to think my musical tastes are quite broad, catholic even. They certainly extend to at least the first two Cranberries albums, partly for the musicality of the band and originality of the songs but mainly because of the beautifully haunting voice of Dolores O'Riordan, now sadly, listed among the ever-increasing realm of those artists and musicians taken from us far too early.

O'Riordan had a troubled early life but triumphed in spectacular circumstances, joining a band who by their own admission could barely play, bringing her own performing and writing talent to bear, and triumphing in the US after a distinctly underwhelming experience in the UK.

The rest, of course, is history. As, sadly, is O'Riordan's voice, now.

Only the good die young, as Billy Joel once sang. And if that might not, quite, be literally true it certainly seems painfully appropriate yet again as we mourn the premature death of another talented singer.

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