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“Please Don’t Bury Me”

Posted by purplemary54 on April 19, 2017

I memorialize a lot of musicians and other pop culture figures here.  I do it because I think it’s important to note their passing into the next plane.  I also do it because, like most living people, death scares me.  It’s a natural fear, although one uniquely human.  I’m pretty sure mole rats don’t sit around in their burrows obsessing over the inevitability of their deaths; they’re probably too busy hunting for food or making baby mole rats.  It makes me wonder if our big brains and the commensurate level of self-awareness are really worth it.

What this boils down to is that I take death pretty seriously.  I hurt a little for everyone who is left behind when someone they love passes.  (The person who died is actually okay at that point; whatever fear, pain, or suffering they experienced while alive is gone.)  I grieve along with them.  I also grieve for all those I’ve loved who are no longer here, people and animals alike.  (We lost a beloved kitty just a few days ago, and I can’t tell you how much Mom and I miss her.)  It all adds up to a lot of heartache.  Sometimes it is easier, sometimes it’s better, but it never really leaves you.  But suffering over that pain is a choice.  And while I feel that pain and grief, I don’t wish it gone.  I don’t revel in it, but I try to accept those emotions and feel them.  It’s okay to hurt; just don’t make it the only thing you feel.

Which leads me back to today’s song.  My extended family recently became a little smaller in number and a lot less fun.  My mother’s cousin, Mike Foster, died several weeks ago.  It is still a raw wound, but I know that he’s not really gone from the Universe.  (Mike and his family are Christian, but I don’t think my beliefs conflict too much with their vision of heaven.)  He’s not here physically and that’s what hurts, but his energy is still part of everything else.  Mike was generous and open and loving with everyone.  And, like my much missed Daddy, he never met a corny joke he didn’t tell to everyone within hearing distance.  Mike had a wonderful sense of humor, even if it did make you groan occasionally. For whatever reason, his passing made me think of this wonderful old John Prine song.  (I know I’ve probably posted this one before, but I’m too lazy to look it up right now.)  I know Mike wouldn’t want people to be sad about his death.  He’d want them to celebrate his life and have a good laugh in his honor.  And for people like me who take death a little too seriously, this is a great antidote for that.

Have fun in the next plane, Mike.  Love you.

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Posted by purplemary54 on February 9, 2015

Back in the early 70s, Detroit spawned a band called Death that was sadly overlooked by the mainstream and virtually forgotten.  Death was interesting because it was made up of young black men playing Rock music–which for whatever reason is not something that happens very often.  (I could get into some kind of analysis of culture, race, and genre, but frankly, I think it would get too complicated for me to handle articulately.) By most standards, that should’ve been the end of the story.

I first heard of Death when a documentary about the band was released in 2012.  The story of the Hackney brothers and their proto-Punk band sounded intriguing, as did the story of their resurrection.  But life intervened, and I didn’t get around to seeing the movie or listening to the music.  Honestly, I kind of forgot about Death.  (Note: I still haven’t watched the movie, but now that I know where to find it, I probably will.)

Dangerous Minds reminded me today with a post announcing that Death will be releasing new music for the first time in forty years.  The new song embedded in that post is terrific, so I decided to check out iTunes to see if there was anything else officially released by these talented guys.  Imagine my surprise when there was a seven song EP (I guess that’s how it should be classified) available for purchase. I came, I sampled, I downloaded.  To expose myself as hopelessly dated and unhip, this shit’s da bomb.

YouTube has the whole recording, . . . For the Whole World to See, posted, but I’m only linking to one song to encourage everyone to pony up the less than seven dollars it will take to buy this puppy on iTunes (prices are probably comparable anywhere else it’s available.  This music is so good I can’t believe I went this long without hearing it.  You shouldn’t wait any longer either.

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