Before it’s too late.
The weekend just passed brought the news of great tragedy; the sickening horrendous massacre in Norway and the sad loss of yet another beautifully talented, young artist, Amy Winehouse aged just 27. I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all lives lost in the massacre and my deepest condolences go to all the families and loved ones of the victims.
My blogpost, however, I write for an additional purpose and it all begins with this screenshot taken from The Official Charts homepage on Sunday, the day after Amy was found dead in her apartment:
Her album sale surges represent such a stronghold of support and tribute from both old and possibly new fans, in the wake of this tragedy, that must bring a slight comfort to the people who were close to her, that she’s still thought very much of by the public.
This kind of reaction to the death of a popular figure is not uncommon. Take these posthumous successes for example (click on the images for the full webpages):
Micheal Jackson (d. 2009):
Heath Ledger (d. 2008):
Tupac Shakur (d. 1996)
Kurt Cobain (d. 1994)
In my opinion, this is such a shame because they will never know about this impact that they had. Yes, these artists were high-profile, they already came with a substantial following and there are more factors to consider than just the individual alone but I hope they help me support the point of all this.
So what is my point?
My point is: there are millions of talented people out there, singers, musicians, actors, healthcare workers, inventors, teachers, journalists, authors, bloggers, charity workers, scientists, emergency service workers, lawyers, designers, photographers, coders, techies, campaigners, artists, poets, comedians, the list goes on. Please can we not wait until they are dead or dying before we really start to appreciate their work?
Without the boost of the media hype surrounding a tragedy, that upcoming band you heard recently, that incredible artwork you saw, that piece you read or that person you listened to on a podcast or panel at a meeting or watched on YouTube or on the TV counts on your support. Share their work, donate that small change, buy their album, tell them what you think if you have any comments and just go spread the word. Show your appreciation before it’s left to the disheartening obligation under the influence of your enforced moral compass.