Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rainbow in the dark...

Y'all know I rarely ever write on here about famous people. I hardly watch TV and we only have basic network TV anyway. I don't keep up with celebrity drama or read the tabloids. Mainly because I just don't give a damn what people I've never met do with their lives. I don't see a point in the fascination (sometimes obsession) people have with celebrities and their lives. I won't get off on a tangent about that, though, because that's not what this post is about.

Once in a while, I do post about famous people. Usually musicians and sometimes athletes. Almost always because one that I did really like and admire has passed on.

Ronnie James Dio
(July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

He died 3 days ago. A few people I know were surprised to find out that this bummed me out. He was "before my time" you know, since I'm all of 24 years old. Which I guess is true. However, I listen to a lot of music that would be considered "before my time" to be honest. Aerosmith, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins, Frank Sinatra, Journey, The Temptations, Boston and the list goes on and on of people who were famous before I was ever even born and in some cases, before my parents were born. I like a lot of old music.

Dio was one of my mom's favorite metal musicians. He was her first live metal concert. She loved his music. I get my appreciate and love of metal from her. She turned me on to people like Dio and other hard rock and metal acts that were "before my time" so to speak. So see, from a young age, I've been rocking out. ;) So because of my mom introducing me to his music, I liked Dio as a kid and kept on liking him.

So when she sent me a text to tell me about him passing on, I felt a bit bummed. There's another great musician that I didn't get to see play live and now never will. Though, I found out from her that he had stomach cancer and had to cancel the upcoming tour he was planning because of being too ill. So, like most instances like this, it's sad they're gone but wonderful that they're no longer in pain and suffering. His music will live on and I, like so many others, will keep rocking out to Dio for years to come.

This is and always has been my favorite song by Dio.

Happy Wednesday!


Hubman said...

Dio was also my first live metal concert, in the fall of 1985!

I was kinda bummed too when I heard that he died.

phairhead said...

that is a really awesome song!

Another Ordinary Girl said...

I love Dio and so does Dan! We were very sad to hear of his passing as well!

13messages said...

I saw him once and listened to him a lot throughout my high school days. My friends and I wore out his Sacred Heart cassette more than a few times driving around town and rocking out.

Like you and your mom, I was bummed to hear the sad news. He was pretty great.

KendallJaye said...

I think the notion of music being 'before your time' is ridiculous. In my mind, music is and always will be timeless. (So I love the fact that you don't pigeonhole yourself into an era.) Sure you know the difference between a song from the 20's and a song from the 80's. But that's the beautiful thing about music. It keeps going. Besides, I'd love to know who Beethoven thought was 'before his time'. :D

Johnny Rat said...

I saw him back in the mid 80s, and I just saw him a few months ago when he played with the guys from Sabbath in his "Heaven & Hell" band. They were all in their late 60s & sounded totally kick ass. I am so glad I saw them. Even better, I'm glad I got a bunch of photos and videos at the show. His passing totally sucks.