Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the coldblooded killing of John Lennon, and the 11th anniversary of the same fate for “Dimebag” Daryl. Two legendary musicians gunned down 24 yrs apart without provocation by individuals who pushed their own misery onto the hearts of millions world wide. As celebrities, they were targets of fanatical behavior that manifested itself upon them in varying degrees of fanaticism. Their daily lives were molded to conform to this reality.
John fought for peace, Daryl for respect. Their messages so powerful that even death couldn’t silence them. Regardless of the goals of their killers, their ideals live on, and if my newsfeed is any indication, they are spreading like wildfire once again. Their songs becoming anthems, rallying cries against the inhumanity that is running amok. Through the universal language of music, even a hippie and a headbanger can find a common groove.
The tragic events that are happening worldwide are often soul crushing, I’ve often found myself overwhelmed with sadness for the misery of my fellow man. Stories of displacement, abuse, hunger, disaster, anger, devastation, war, bigotry, and sorrow assault us from all sides. The only chance we have is to fight back with love, hope, and respect. Sadly, the victims aren’t the real target when these horrific events unfold. The true goal is to control us by fear, we don’t have to give in. We can fight back.
John and Daryl delivered their messages in distinctly different ways, but their legacies are singly united each year on December 8. We can use their music to fuel our dreams for a better tomorrow. We sing their anthems loud and clear and let them drive us to spread kindness. By embracing empathy for people of all walks of life, we defeat terror from those who would divide us. If we aren’t afraid of one another based on superficial facts like race, color, gender, or religion, show some RESPECT; then we’ll find WE ALL SHINE ON!