dagon wrote:Hi All, it is sad but sobering.
Impermanence is one of those things that my mind battles to reject and ignore but the death of jJ cale and the like serve to bring home the truths of Buddha’s teachings. There is the temptation to say that he lives on through his music – this is something that I have often reflected on. We say this to bring comfort to ourselves and others, an attempt to alleviate grief from a loss. First thing that comes to mind is that fame, fortune, talent is no protection against death. We can cling to the music (and any associated memories) but aren't we also grasping and grieving for the songs that we know will not come in the future.
Yes, of course, death reminds us of impermanence, that's a given.
Clinging to music and grieving for songs not to come? - perhaps not so much. Rather, for me, a greater appreciation for what was created and the joy it brought to many.
Death can also be an opportunity to allow sadness to soften our hearts and thus generate compassion. We fully experience our sense of loss, then go on. Sadness does not have to equal clinging.