My oh my, the musicians of my youth are all beginning to play their last gig.
Last week, Ric Ocasek of the Cars and Eddie Money of Eddie Money both cashed their last check and left us mere mortals to wander the face of the Earth.
I was always a Cars fan. Their first album didn't sound like much of the other "radio ready" songs being played on my FM kit, and they had a very nice career run. The man behind it all was Ric Ocasek. A gaunt, skinny dude with always-on shades, Ric was not the most dynamic performer I've ever seen, but hey, he married a supermodel and made enough dough that he could live a life many of us only dream of. Here are a couple of Cars tunes in remembrance:
Good stuff, right?
And then there's Eddie Money. He came blazin' out of the radio during my high school years with a couple of monster hits. Somehow he was able to remain relevant enough to score a reality TV show decades later. I didn't really follow his career, but just have fond memories of driving around in V-8 muscle cars in the late 70s with Mr. Money on the radio.
I have a feeling that the Reeper is going to be busy with a lot of older rockers soon. That will be an end of an era. But the magic of recorded music and YouTube will keep these people in our minds and hearts for as long as we want to remember them. For now, let's say goodbye to Ric and Eddie, and wish them godspeed.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.