It sure seems to me as though a lot of my favorite musicians died in 2021. Maybe it's just that I'm getting older. Maybe it's that I've been thinking more about my own mortality lately.
Mostly it's that we're living through a golden era of death -- a (hopefully) once-in-a-century pandemic. Just in 2021, about 13,000,000 more people died worldwide than would have been expected had there not been a COVID pandemic. (My source for this number is The Economist's excess deaths model.) More than a few of the unfortunate have been great musicians.
This week on Global A Go-Go (Sunday January 2, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site), we'll celebrate the lives and times of 21 musicians from around the world who passed away last year, leaving us to safeguard the evidence of their genius. And I do mean genius -- just about every track on this show is a stone-cold classic.