When a musician of note (pun intended) dies I post it on Facebook and Twitter. Some say it makes me appear ghoulish while others dismiss it as too cliche.
In my mind that's not the case at all. I want to make people aware of the person's passing and help pay respect by remembering the music they gave us. The music that will live on beyond their mortal years. It's my way of honoring them.
I bring this up because over the past week we lost Richie Havens and George Jones. Two musicians who couldn't have been more different. One was focused on the world, trying to make it a better place. The other was focused on himself, filled with self-destruction. But I don't want to be the judge of character. I want to remember them for the great music they created. I want others to recall those songs with fondness too. And maybe send up a little prayer.