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Ravi Shankar

Posted by purplemary54 on December 12, 2012

When I heard this morning that Ravi Shankar had passed away at 92, I was saddened, but not sad.  He had a long full life filled with music, but my first thought was not for his grieving family, but that now he gets to go play music with his friend George Harrison again.  And I am reminded again that no one who dies is ever really gone.

This is obviously true of all artists, musicians, writers, etc. who have their work and lives immortalized somehow.  Their bodies leave, but you can see and hear the spirit of that person in what they leave behind for the rest of us to receive enlightenment and entertainment from.  But it’s also true of everyone else.  No, not just their memories and mementoes, which are precious, but not the point.  Neither is the music or movies or paintings or books great artists leave.  They’re simply not gone.  I believe that with all my heart and soul.  I know there is some kind of afterlife; I know we are all connected somehow.  Eternity is right now.  And Shankar believed that, too.

He was a joy to listen to, and a joy to watch.  This was a man who truly loved music, who fed his soul on it, who lived for it.  He was spectacular.  He is spectacular.

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One Response to “Ravi Shankar”

  1. Sandee said

    I love sitar music (sp?) Makes me think of this guy from India I ‘dated’ — I think he put it on because he knew the chics dug it, Karma Sutra ‘n all that. Actually I did date him, but I ‘dated’ him too.

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