"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Rage, Rage Against the Dying Of the Light" ---Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

Although David Bowie had massive success as a singer/song writer/style icon for many more years than many of his peers in the glam-rock genre. Success came with a price: Bowie snorted one hell of a lot of cocaine (hence earning the nickname "The Thin White Duke).  He kept his liver disease out of the limelight, thus leaving his fans shocked. RIP

In 1977, the unlikely duo of David Bowie and Bing Crosby teamed up for a Christmas duet. Bowie sang "Peace On Earth" while Bing crooned "The Little Drummer Boy" simultaneously. Talk about  an unlikely duet. The end result was fantastic. We miss both of you.
I actually wore a "Raspberry Beret" back in the day. The most surprising is that I still have it.
Michael Jackson seemed to have the world at his feet, but underneath  was far from happy. I hope you will rest in peace. So sad. 
Whitney Houston was a  complex, terrifically talented phenomenon  who smiled and sang like an angel. Drug addiction consumed her and sadly, was unable  to conquer her demons. RIP We will always love you
Yet another sad case of a gifted performer having his inner pain consume him. Gone too soon  
. Alexis Arquette and that wonderful smile that lit up a room was secretly suffering from that horrid demon: AIDS
Alex Arquette was fabulous in that film that took place in the 80's. She is portraying  Boy George in The Wedding Singer with Adam  Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

This is the title of a powerful poem by Dylan Thomas. It is urging people do whatever they can to avoid the grim reaper. He doesn't claim that every sick or injured individual should cut their lives short by suicide or some other method of a quick getaway from life. He is telling us not to be passive with regard to fighting ever harder so as the Grim Reaper may be lurking at the back of your mind, but if there's still life left in us that isn't fraught with pain and misery, then don't just sit back and wait for that dark night to close in.  Never throw those dice in the bin, as you just may have an unexpected time of relative calm and still able to love.


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