A Tragic Coincidence

The untimely deaths of famous musicians who died at age 27 is sad, because they all expired far too young.  The mythology of the Forever 27 Club gained prominence with the death of Kurt Cobain, when people started to look at other musicians that died at this age.  The premature death of Amy Winehouse at age 27, renewed interest again in the age’s apparent curse.  Some of the artists and musicians who died at the age of 27 include Robert Johnson 1938, Brian Jones 1969, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson 1970, Jimi Hendrix 1970, Janis Joplin 1970, Jim Morrison 1971, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan 1973, Pete Ham 1975, Chris Bell 1978, Kurt Cobain 1994, Amy Winehouse 2011 and countless others.  It is thought that the risk of death for musicians in their 20s and 30s is significantly higher than it is for the general population, because of the lifestyle associated with an actively touring elite-level performer.  Most people are predisposed to perceive connections, even when they amount to little more than coincidence.  A favorite saying of James Dean was, “Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse” and in the Who song ‘My Generation’, Pete Townshend wrote the line, “I hope I die before I get old”, and both of these are troublesome as they show very little concern about wanting to live.

Last week we had A Craving for Sweets where the theme was to find songs related to Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma.  This week the theme is songs from artists that died at the age of 27.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about the Pigpen song ‘Next Time You See Me’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ by Carole King.  The upcoming prompts will be:
October 9, 2022 – User Choice
October 16, 2022 – A song by a band that you wish were still together
October 23, 2022 – A song that reminds you of yourself
October 30, 2022 – Embrace, Hug, Kiss

31 thoughts on “A Tragic Coincidence

    1. From Google:
      Tim Buckley. …
      Kyle Pavone.
      Shannon Hoon.
      Bradley Nowell.
      The Big Bopper.
      Steve Gaines.
      The Rev.
      With the exception of the big bopper, for me this list lacks name recognition.

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  1. Thanks as always, Jim, for doing this. Stupid question time: next week’s topic is ‘User Choice,’ and I’m assuming that this means we pick a song unrelated to any theme. Amirite? Just wanted to be sure!

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      1. Thanks. I couldn’t really see what else it could be but thought it worth checking. As you know, I’m relatively new to this and thought I might have missed something!

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      1. I’m struggling with the pingbacks for some reason, Jim. It sounds easy in theory but when I try to do it I get myself all messed up! It’s quite frustrating and as I said elsewhere, I’m suffering from the ‘old dog, new tricks’ syndrome. It’s embarrassing when I see everyone else doing pingbacks and I can’t get the hang of it 🙃

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