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Cynthia Robinson

Yesterday, I saw the news that Cynthia Robinson had died at 69.  She was one of the creative forces behind Sly and the Family Stone, the first black female trumpeter to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (not that there’s an extensive list of black female trumpeters out there, but maybe there should be). 169 more words


Allen Toussaint

Damn.  I was kind of hoping he’d live forever.

Listening to Toussaint is a little like listening to Mingus or Monk for me.  I feel something inside me that I didn’t know was empty, fill up.   19 more words


Interesting Commentaries on Life and Death

Selma Koch, a Manhattan store owner who earned a national reputation by helping women find the right bra size, mostly through a discerning glance and never with a tape measure, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Medical Center. 10 more words


Published by Dick Eastman: Another Interesting Obituary: Dorothy McElhaney

I have published several humorous obituaries in past newsletters. However, a newly-published obit for 104-year-old Dorothy McElhaney is interesting for different reasons. Obviously written by Dorothy before her death, it is more of a celebration of her life. 25 more words

James Horner

Longtime film composer James Horner was killed yesterday in Ventura county when his small plane crashed.  Horner composed music for dozens of films and television programs, but he is most famous for his Oscar-winning work on  116 more words


Ornette Coleman

Jazz legend and pioneer Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85.  (Click here for a good essay about him from ABC news.)

Coleman was a musician like no one had ever heard before; the aforementioned ABC article likens him to James Joyce and Jackson Pollock.   86 more words


Is it wrong to tell the truth about the dead?

D.J. Webb

Occasionally, something happens in public life that leaves you stroking your head. How can you be the only one not to share in the general emotion? 395 more words