Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Friday, March 10, 2017

If 2016 Had a Theme Song, It Would Be 'All Things Must Pass'

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore


Under a somber November sky, as they waited for the plane arriving into Washington from Dallas, author Mary McGrory turned to then presidential aide, later-to-be Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan and famously said: “We’ll never laugh again.”
“Oh Mary,” Monihayn replied. “We’ll laugh again, but we’ll never be young again.”
While McGrory and Moynihan were talking about the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the sentiments expressed seem equally appropriate for so many of us Baby Boomers as we look back on 2016, a brutish year for music which claimed so many performers who had provided us with the soundtracks for our lives.
In fact, it seemed at times that 2016’s main intent was to drive home the fact that while the music of our younger days might last forever, the musicians who created it wouldn’t.
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