Once again, it’s after midnight, but I want to share one more post before turning in to bed.
For a few years now, I’ve been a fan of Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea and the good work that he’s doing for The Common Good.
Please take less than four minutes right now and watch this video he posted on 3/27/2020
And please take another couple of minutes to share this link to the video above with your friends and social media contacts – https://youtu.be/LBi85WjeDyg
My heart is heavy tonight as I remember Adam Schlesinger, the co-founder (but not lead singer) of Fountains of Wayne, who died Wednesday from COVID-19 at the age of just 52 years old.
I’ll be honest with you. Although I’ve been a fan of Fountains of Wayne for many years, I didn’t know the name of any of the band members, let alone the name Adam Schlesinger.
Some bands have a front man/woman who gets a lot of attention for their oversized personality. Fountains of Wayne was one of those groups who wasn’t known for the personalities of the musicians, but rather the witty way they told stories of average joes and janes via both poppy and rocking rifts.
Even if you don’t recognize the name of the band, you may know this song, which was their biggest hit back in 2003
I’d like to share just three of my favorite songs of theirs. It’s tough to pick just three, b/c I like so many of the songs they released.
They’ve been one of my “go to groups.” When I was on Spotify thinking about what to listen to next, I’d often search for Fountains of Wayne – both to listen to a favorite, great story/song and to see if they’d recorded anything new. Sadly, their last studio album was Sky Full of Holes from 2011 and they announced that the band broke up in 2016.
I close with these last two videos from Fountains of Wayne.
The first is a touching little tribute to those who’ve served this nation.
It’s also the song that gives their final album (“Sky Full of Holes”) it’s name.
I end with “Action Hero” b/c it feels to me like a middle-aged man’s anthem.
As a recently turned 50 year-old, I feel that desire to still have the energy “to save the world.” And I know that health tests (but hopefully not too many health conditions) are an increasing part of life for me.
And, while I feel sad at Adam’s death at just 52, I’m also sobered by it.
It’s a reminder to me that when it’s noted that “older men” are at particular risk from complications due to COVID-19 that means me too.
So, RIP Adam Schlesinger. Your death from this virus inspires me to do all I can to stay safe and well during this scary time.
And thanks, Prince Ea, for giving me the reminder that fear should never have the last word. It’s all about love in the end.