SALUTATIONS shakers and rattlers. It’s a well-known fact that the minute we begin our walk of life, death starts walking towards us, to our certain future as no one gets out alive, for death does not bargain, and with it comes veritable honestly.
Regrettably it appears that with more dead people whose numbers are rapidly increasing than those alive, certainly the living are becoming something of a rarity.
Most people who die are like disappearing ripples in a large pond. Did they fear death or fear an inadequate life, for no one on their death bed claims to have spent too little time at work.
So as death is a natural part of life, truly celebrate your existence while breathing. Come to the end of your chapter with no regrets and enjoy the ride while it lasts, and always yearn for more.
As we are the spirit and the dust, as well as lost songs long ago heard by the angel of death, in the words of Jim Morrison from the Doors - “Death makes angels of us all, and gives us wings, where we had shoulders as smooth as ravens claws.”
Yes dear readers, death always leaves one singer to mourn and there are certainly some dead who are more alive than the living.
We all recognise certain individuals with high reverence - they inspire us. They motivate us, they drive us and even though we never meet them they continue to influence our surroundings long after their death where they take their place at the table of history.
What we forget is that these individuals are just normal people who have their own set of complications, and like all mankind, have to stand at least once a day in the same state as they came into it.
Last week I wrote about the death of the formidable Natalie Cole. Sadly the trend appears to have continued with the recent death on 14 of January of the famous musician, David (Bowie) Jones.
He was married for 24 years to supermodel Iman whom he met at a dinner party in Los Angeles in 1990. He once remarked: “You would think being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world … it is.”
Too which Iman remarked: “My marriage is as fabulous as you all think, but as I always said, I fell in love with David Jones and not with the entertainer persona, David Bowie.”
They had profound admiration for each other and although they appeared often in public they rarely spoke about their private life and were able to endure the pressure created by both their fame and the media.
Bowie sold an estimated 140 million albums throughout his career of which in the UK, nine were platinum, 11 gold and eight silver. In America five were platinum and seven were gold. He has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in January 1996.
He was voted in 2002 and ranked 29th of the 100 greatest Britons, and was placed 39th on the list of the greatest rock stars of all time.
He released his last album Black Star two days before he died and title track appears as the music theme for the TV show, The Last Panthers.
Although his last performance was in 2006, in 2013 after a decade without a studio album, he released The Next Day, which became his first UK number one in over 20 years and Black Star appears to be heading to number one as well.
Michael Evans, a musical festival founder, remarked to the BBC that Bowie is one of the greatest in the world, ever. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and David Bowie there’s no one else even close
So in his own words to the hypnotic addictive sounds of Let’s Dance - “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
“Frankly I mean, sometimes the interpretations I’ve seen on some of the songs I’ve written are a lot more interesting than the input I put in. Fame itself doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.
“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman, I’m living on.” - David Bowie.
Rest in peace Mr Stardust.
Also on 14 January and followed two days later were the deaths from cancer of Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil (73) and her brother Daniel (59).
Rene was the producer who discovered Celine at the age of 12 when her older brother Michel sent him a tape of her singing a song that had been written by their mother.
Later, after leading her to stardom, the two got married, his life and career continued to be interwoven with his superstar wife, who is well loved for her moving love songs and ballads.
Rene became an established player in the entertainment industry in Quebec and part of the pop group the Baronets. Prior to concentrating solely on Celine’s music career he managed other artists and child stars.
Then when he began managing Celine’s career in 1981 he mortgaged his house to finance her debut album which went on to become a hit in France and French Canada. He then went on to guide her to international fame when she won the Eurovision song contest in Dublin in 1988, as well as an academy award in 1992 for the title track of the film Beauty and the Beast.
In 1994 Rene married Celine at the Notre Dame Basilica - he was 26 years older than his bride.
In 2003 they moved permanently to Las Vegas where Celine took up a multimillion residency at a 4 100-seat theatre in Caesar’s Palace. He managed her first show, which ran for five years, and the second launched in 2011 and is scheduled to run until 2019.
Certainly the halls of Hogwarts will never be the same when the overzealous grim reaper dealt another devastating blow with the recent death of the beloved Professor Snape, actor Alan Rickman.
Alan was born in west London and is of English, Irish and Welsh ancestry, his father died when he was eight.
When he was 19, while studying at the Royal College of Art, he met Rima Horton, who became his life partner of 50 years, only finally getting married to her in 2015. When asked about life together he said: “I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. She’s tolerant and she’s incredibly tolerant, unbelievably tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood.”
After graduating he opened with friends a successful graphics design business called Graphiti and ran it for several years before his love for the theatre drew him to audition with the Academy of Dramatic Art.
At the age of 26 he embarked on an acting career in stage, screen, TV and directing that lasted almost 40 years.
His first movie appearance in 1988 at age 41 was opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard where he played the villain and set the standard for screen villains for decades to come.
In 2001 he wowed younger fans with his portrayal of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and although the studios passed him over on some of the franchise, J. K. Rowling actually envisioned him while writing the character.
He continuously returned to the stage claiming it to be his first love, and in 2002 he was named best stage actor by the variety club awards. In 2003 he was made vice- chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was voted as one of the greatest living movie stars over the age of 50.
He was well known for his formidable quote, among which are “I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously. When I am 80 years old I will be reading Harry Potter and my family will say to me after all this time and I will say always - talent is an accident of genes and a responsibility. All I want from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.”
When asked about his advice to his 16-year-old self he proclaimed: “Make your own unique messes and then work your own way out of them.”
Again dear readers have a remarkable 2016 as the duration of 2015 appears to have elapsed in an instance.
•boneless chicken breast
•chopped red onion
•poppy seeds toasted
•sesame seeds toasted
•sweet and sour sauce
•Cut the chicken into cubes
•In a bowl mix the maizena, salt, crushed rainbow pepper, and eggs
•Coat the chicken and deep fry, set aside
•In a pan heat the butter
•Sauté the onions garlic and ginger
•Add sweet and sour sauce
•Add the spring onions
•Add the poppy and sesame seeds
•add the chicken
•Serve with rice and stir-fry vegetables.
So as death is a natural part of life, truly celebrate your existence while breathing. Come to the end of your chapter with no regrets and enjoy the ride while it lasts, and always yearn for more