We often, sadly, have to express our emotions at the loss of our heroes as they pass to the great dressing room in the sky. But let’s remember those whose gift was taken away too early, leaving them to do, well, other stuff. Sam Brown lost her amazing voice due to side effects following throat surgery. One of my personal heroes, Nic Jones, largely lost his amazing gift in a nasty brush with a brick lorry in the early hours of the morning after a gig. Linda Ronstadt is still well but tragically we will never hear her stunning soprano again. See also Joni Mitchell.
So let’s remember those who just had to, well, stop.