Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fare Thee Well

Today was a day of mourning, and that's hard to adjust to on a cobalt-blue Auckland day. Firstly for the tens of thousands who have died in Haiti..devastation...destruction...dismay. And, as if in harmony, two important musical figures have also gone from this world.

Teddy Pendergrass, 59, soul singer with the smoothest of voices died of colon cancer surgery complications in Philadelphia today. And then Jay Reatard, 29, at such a tender age already an indie legend, and a close friend of New Zealand audiences, died today in Memphis. These two musicians are from different hemispheres, entirely different places, and both have contributed much to their respective genres.

May they all rest in peace. Here's Teddy live in '79...