Good morning, Netizens…
With a long list of those from my generation who preceded me, I have frequently pondered my own personal liabilities when it comes to cancer and other ignominious diseases that have claimed the great and not-so-great in recent times. Hard on the heels of Andy Rooney having passed away comes word that one of the great crooners from our generation, Andy Williams, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Even 20-somethings probably have heard, perhaps even appreciated Williams voice crooning that great song, “Moon River”, if not other great songs such as “Days of Wine and Roses,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Can't Get Used to Losing You,” “Solitaire,” “Music to Watch Girls By,” “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You” and the theme from the 1970 movie hit “Love Story.”
I constantly am reminded of the long list of singers, songwriters and entertainers from my generation who have already passed on and I have then pondered the question, who will replace them? Some mutter such names as Justin Bieber and various other recent-aspirants to greatness. Pardon me if I retch overboard of the humble ship USS Community Comment. They just are not the same!
For that matter, how many of the former greats of our generation would have perhaps been mere flickers of their former selves without the music composition and skills of the late Henry Mancini and various others?
I could easily add to this list, but I will defer to others who remember what was once greatness in our midst. Of course, your results and opinions may differ.