Adam Yauch Remembered: Too Sweet To Be Sour, Too Nice To Be Mean

Life is hard. We all know it and feel it through our work, our relationships and just figuring out what it is we want at the end of all of this. One thing that I know helps get me through the rough patches in life is music. The moment you play a song, that melody and those lyrics enchantingly carry you off to a place of a mutual understanding where you realize you aren’t alone in your thoughts, fears and aspirations. Music, is something that washes from the soul, the dust of our everyday life and it allows us to see a new perspective, start anew and realize we’re not alone in anything.

I must have been at least four years old when I first discovered the Beastie Boys, while sitting in my basement with my older siblings. I remember watching the music video for “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)!” and thinking, what a cool song this is and whatever lyrics I could understand, I kept repeating them over and over until my brother got annoyed, sat me down in his room and played the whole song for me that he taped off the radio, a rather fuzzy quality at the time but said, “These are the words of the song, okay?”

…This past week, someone from my childhood left this world, sinking my heart to depths of unfathomable consciousness. Adam Yauch, also known as MCA and one-third of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4. While it may not come as a complete shock to many since he was battling cancer before, a loss of life, is still always a loss of life. The heart becomes heavy at any cost and I’ve realized those that heal me through music and laughter, can’t last forever in the physical but instead, have been immortalized for all of us and these generations to come. It is with great sadness that I write this whole piece.

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