Living through mythology: What it means to lose a musical legend

The death of a musical icon affects some individuals more deeply than the passing of any other public figure. Music is a society’s heartbeat, and the loss of one of the culture’s driving drummers momentarily impedes the flow of daily life. It’s akin to slamming on the brakes on the freeway — it’s a jarring, jolting effect that causes the usual traffic to grind to a fractional pace. When a politician faces an untimely death, it’s tragic and has long-term consequences on a global scale — but when a musician dies it has ramifications for an entire universal consciousness. These [...]

Editors' Picks: Holiday Edition

Nicole: My number one Christmas classic is the tale of unrequited love and wintry blues: "Blue Christmas," penned in 1948 by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, but made famous by the King in 1957. Over the years, many have done the melodramatic country ballad justice (The Beach Boys), and a few have provided renditions that I could do without (read: Kelly Clarkson or Michael Bublé). I've provided two of my favorite versions: one being a television performance of Elvis with Martina McBride — the duet could be seamlessly imitated by an country/indie pair like Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis. [...]

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