Today, while eating dinner, I received a call from my oldest son (favorite???), who told me of the passing of John Wetton.
You know there are people who are arguably more important in my life who have passed (per my wife who just doesn't understand), such as my father and mother, my mother-in-law and soon, my brother-in-law.
However, as I have always used music as an escape from the crap around me, I am devestated by my son calling me tonight to inform me of Mr. John Wetton's passing.
First, I want to let his entire family know how sad I am at their loss.
Secondly, I want all of his closest and dearest friends know that I feel for their loss.
Thirdly, for all of John's fans, I weep with you.
For myself, I face the fact that another voice that I used to help me through all of the dark and difficult times of my childhood has been silenced. I am thankful that I have been able to enjoy them in my darkest times, but sorrowful that I will never enjoy their future.
I have love so many songs in my life for so many reasons. However, there have been 5 vocalists over the years that have always reached me in a way that others haven't been able too. John Wetton was number 2 on my list. And now, he is the 3rd of that list to pass.
Robert Lamm - Number 1 - I could listen to anything he ever sang on. Chicago - Solo - even in the shower. If he sang the phone book on CD, I would purchase it an enjoy it. When I watch Chicago, my eyes and ears focus on him.
John Wetton - KC - UK - Asia - Solo - wow!!!! I WILL NEVER hear "Rendezvous 602" live again, or any of his Asia works. I had hoped Asia's schedule this year would bring them close enough for me to see again. I cherish the times I have been graced to watch him live and I have always loved his voice and his incredible Bass playing.
Carl Wilson - Such a beautiful voice, silenced way to soon - "I Can Hear Music" - the perfect example of the limetless quality of his voice.
Greg Lake - taken way to early. The pleasure I always received from all of KC - ELP - Solo works. So happy I have seen him live so many times, and to have heard "Karnevil #9", "From the Beginning" and "In the Court of the Crimson King".
John Lodge - Moodies - I can listen to "Isn't Life Strange" time after time on my Ipod without complaint. Although it lacks the power of the first 4, it has a panache that I cherish. "Ride My See Saw", "Just A Singer", "Stepping In A Slide Zone". "Sitting At the Wheel", ..............
Now 3 of my all-time favorite voices silenced. I feel such a sense of loss.
I know it is selfish on my part, but if feel gutted.
I guess we are all mortal, as well as our Idols/Hero's. I learned at a young age that this was true when my favorite Base Ball player, Thurman Munson died way to soon. Now as I am older and realize the danger of hero's and idols, I still feel grief at their passing.
Who has touched you life in the "marginal" world of music and passed, and how has it affected you?
Please note that I intend no insult in the use of the word marginal. I just use it as a deference to our families, friends and loved ones, vs. the people who we have never met, yet still have touched our lives.