May 5, 2012

RIP Adam Yauch / AKA MCA

I hate waking up to shitty news, and I find myself heartbroken and deeply saddened this AM by the death of Adam Yauch, or as many of us know him... MCA of the Beastie Boys.  Back in 93 or 94 when I first saw the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza, they single handily changed my opinion about hip-hop all the while putting on one of the most energetic shows I have ever seen!  The three other times since have never disappointed.  The show a couple years back at Sasquatch Music Festival remains one of my wife's favorite ever!  Sadly it will be her first and last time seeing the Beastie Boys.

Adam was only 47... eleven years my elder.  Fuck me... that hits home.

Adam's influence and passion will never be duplicated and one has to wonder why someone so gifted and caring was taken from us so early.  A friend shared this poem with me the other day and I cannot think of anything more fitting.  Goodbye Adam, may your soul truly dance free now.


On Death
 Kahlil Gibran
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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