Oh, hell. Maggie Roche of the folk rock vocal group, the Roches, died of cancer on January 21, 2017. She was 65.
I didn’t see that before. Maybe there was too much other news that day. Actually, there was. It was the day of the big Women’s March and the day after a certain presidential inauguration.
The New York Times printed a nice obituary, which includes remarks from her sister:
She was … too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent…. She was smart, wickedly funny, and authentic — not a false bone in her body — a brilliant songwriter, with a distinct unique perspective, all heart and soul.
“Speak” is one of her songs. She wrote the words and music:
The time has come for me to speak
Uh oh the time has come
And while the silence picks on me
I pray to not be dumb
So I am hunting for the words
Just wait til I find some
I need some syllables do you
Know where to get them from
When I am in my house alone
My speeches take a week
But from my lips when you are near
A sound will seldom leak.
There’s that feeling when someone younger than you dies and you think, well, after all, she was X years old.
Death is the ultimate form of escapism. The internet has nothing on death.