Monday, March 03, 2008

Angel Eyes

The effect music has is amazing. The emotions that arise, how it inspires, the transformations it can bring about, are truly amazing. How notes, words, chord progressions come together from talented songwriters, is in my opinion, a miracle. Upon hearing certain songs, I am instantly transported back to the first time I heard them, recollecting exactly where I was, who I was with, what I was doing or wearing. I remember the first time I heard this song, "Angel Eyes". I was still in high school, in my vehicle on my way to my after school job, and I was blown away. It was right around the time I met a particular guy, who played guitar in a band. When I later saw the video for "Angel Eyes", I was further blown away with the fact that this new guy in my life greatly resembled the artist. I shared my love of this song with that special guy and of course being the music afficiando that he is, informed me that the artist, Jeff Healey, was blind. I was dumbfounded. He was a truly amazing artist and his song, "Angel Eyes" became one of our 'songs'. Unfortunately I learned today that this artist, Jeff Healey, passed away at the very young age of 41. He had battled cancer, the cause of his blindness, for most of his short life. He leaves behind a wife and two children, and many fans. And one couple in Tennessee thankful for this special song.

Rest in peace, Jeff.


Art said...

My thoughts exactly. He was almost exactly one year older than me... would have been 42 on March 25th.

Rest in peace, Jeff.

Vicki said...

I always loved this particular song, but anything he did was sooooo good.

jennifer said...

It seems that this has hit home for you. I am sorry. I am sad for his family and the fact that his life was marked by a battle against cancer. But his song is a good one, something that he will be remembered for, and I don't think it will ever seem out-dated. A classic ballad.

I hope that you are still feeling well and that you and the kiddos haven't gotten the creeping crud yet. Praying a hedge of protection around you guys.....

Be blessed - Jen