Tag: RIP

In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

On May 9, 2010, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, professionally known as Lena Horne, passed away.  A talented actress, engaged social activist, and sublime vocalist, Lena Horne was one of the first female jazz vocalists that I fell in love with. I got introduced to Jazz music in middle school at the same time I delved into musical theater.  There was a musical called “Show Boat” (a … Read More In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

In Memoriam | Johnny Cash | 1932-2003

Better known as the “Man in Black”, John R. Cash was born February 26, 1932 and passed on September 12, 2003.  His music has stood the test of time, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. As stupid as it sounds, I learned about the Man In Black through the movie “Swingers” when we learn … Read More In Memoriam | Johnny Cash | 1932-2003

In Memoriam | Kurt Cobain | 1967-1994

February 20, 1967, one of the most iconic figures in rock music was born. Kurt Donald Cobain, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana.  Nirvana’s legacy is well documented.  They made “alternative music” cool, bringing that which was part of the “underground”  into the foreground, and popularized a new genre of music that we call “grunge”. Whether he wanted it to or … Read More In Memoriam | Kurt Cobain | 1967-1994

In Memoriam | J Dilla | 1974-2006 | “We reminisce over you”

A lot of people don’t know this, but before I went to law school, I worked at a small boutique entertainment law firm in Santa Monica, CA.  One of our clients was the production company that had signed Slum Village as an artist.  One of the first albums I got my entertainment law hands dirty with was “Fantastic, Vol. 2”.  I took great pride while working on … Read More In Memoriam | J Dilla | 1974-2006 | “We reminisce over you”