Covid-19 is ravaging the music world

A dispiriting couple of weeks in the lives of music fans have now climaxed with the death of Bill Withers, whose lean, leathery-tough vocals on such pop classics as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Lean on Me” were deeply woven into the soundtracks of several generations’ lives.

Opinion by Gene Seymour @ CNN

The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

By Gail Mitchell @ Billboard

The bigger thing is that Cooke, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Dr. King and Jim Brown were all circling each other and learning from each other. It was this robust intellect; people poised to shape and change our culture. And we lost every single one of them except Brown. Examining what we lost as a culture and spending time in that space was a beautiful learning experience.