Kris’s Blog: 2016, Leave Daniel Day-Lewis Alone

 

Like a lot of young lads who had their teens through the mid-noughties, I grew up listening to a lot of rock and metal. This was really the birth of my love for the guitar, sat in my mum’s attic spending relentless hours learning (attempting) all my favourite tracks from Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath / Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, the list goes on!

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I noticed on social media that today is the anniversary of Ronnie James Dio passing away in 2010 following a 6 month battle with stomach cancer. The music of Dio was a big influence on my guitar playing from a really young age, and to lose such a heavyweight figure from music (or indeed any inspirational figure) always hurts.

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It got me thinking about where we’re at this year, and how this year is going to be looked back on as “that year everyone died”. Lemmy Kilminster, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Ronnie Corbett, Terry Wogan, Prince, etc… it really has been a strange one 2016!

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Though it’s in a way, been quite nostalgic in a sense. I’ve found myself revisiting things I’d once forgotten following these untimely deaths. Alan Rickman’s portrayal of The Sheriff of Nottingham in the kitsch 90s version of Robin Hood with Kevin Kostner, listening through my brothers old Motorhead albums, and sat with my favourite delay pedal dialling in that Purple Rain sound, trying to get as much mileage out of those four chords as Prince gave us.

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We’re surrounded by influential and inspirational persons, famous or no, and when someone is lost it’s always a time for remembering what they gave us all and how our lives have been enriched by their influence, rather than focusing on the loss. We’ve not even hit the half way mark of 2016 yet, and we’ve already lost a fair few cultural icons – who knows what the remainder of the year might bring. Just as long as we don’t lose Daniel Day-Lewis…