Monday, 29 June 2015

Chris Squire - d. June 27th 2015

Yes, you were a visionary;
those fervent souls who listen
through every album,
every track, every solo,
already know
the meaning of eternity.

Read about Chris Squire here

Friday, 26 June 2015

Patrick Macnee - d. June 25th 2015

Though the gent/agent 
is long into a pension
his image still falls
from unfurled umbrellas,
upturned bowlers,
suave as a bottle 
of Penhaligon's.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

James Horner - d. June 22nd 2015

We knew the news was bad
when the orchestra
accompanying your life
fell away
to a dark rumble of cellos,
the sustained bass notes of loss.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Ornette Coleman - d. June 11th 2015

A trumpet cries,
not for the bird 
that is caged
but for the soul
finally released,
free as jazz.

Read about Ornette Coleman here

Ron Moody - d. June 11th 2015

A man's got an art, hasn't he?
I saw too little of yours,
but a hand, a voice, a song
absorbed in childhood
picks the pocket of memory.

Read about Ron Moody here

Christopher Lee - d. June 7th 2015

On the skyline
his body is burning;
not a sacrifice
but a gift to the soil.
You'd better be.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

James Last - d. June 9th 2015

No more the crushed-velour strings,
the silken-underwear rustle of brass,
the low-mixed drums, the classical gas;
he now arranges higher things.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Charles Kennedy - d. June 1st 2015

Some politicians
are damned 
by the flaws
in their politics,
others redeemed 
by the flaws
in their hearts.