I read a quote a while back that said a person dies two deaths in their life. Once, when they die and again when the last person who remembers them dies. That's always stuck with me. With that in mind, Throwback Thursday will pay homage to those we've lost but not yet forgotten with the hopes of placing a memory in someone anew so they can live on a bit longer. Here's this weeks 5 who are gone, but not forgotten.
1. Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. I didn't listen to Amy Winehouse very much until after she died. If I had, her passing would have affected me much more deeply at the time. Her voice is utterly amazing conveying both rock hard strength and human vulnerability at once.
2. Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse, of which he wrote over 500 pieces. With his unconventional rhyming schemes, he was declared the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry. He was one of the first poets I read that wasn't stodgy nor fanciful with his prose; just came across as playing with words like he was messing around like a child with clay.
3. Utah Phillips (1935-2008)
Bruce Duncan "Utah" Phillips was an American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet and the "Golden Voice of the Great Southwest". He described the struggles of labor unions and the power of direct action, self-identifying as an anarchist. I was first introduced to Utah's work by folksinger Ani DiFranco when she collaborated with Utah on 1996's The Past Didn't Go Anywhere in which she incorporated many of Utah's stories and songs into her own instrumentals. Phillip's seemed to be a man born out of time; a storyteller from yesteryear with a stellar sense of timing and spinning a tale.
4. Helen Thomas (1920-2013)
Helen Amelia Thomas was an American reporter and author best known for her longtime membership in the White House press corps. Thomas covered every President of the United States from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Unintimidated by presidents or press secretaries, Ms. Thomas was known as the dean of the White House press corps for almost 60 years. Thomas was a short, dark-eyed woman with a gravelly voice who, for many years, rose from her front-row seat at presidential news conferences to ask the first or second question. For nearly 30 years, she closed the sessions with a no-nonsense “Thank you, Mr. President.”
5. Otis Redding (1941-1967)
Otis Ray Redding Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. The first time I heard him sing "These Arms of Mine" my hair stood on end and his voice seemed to make any song he sang come alive like never before.