ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Sar­rah

With a roll­call of celebrity deaths that in­cluded Prince, Leonard Co­hen and Ge­orge Michael, it’s lit­tle won­der many mourn­ers de­clared 2016 to be the year the music died. Per­haps it was the death of David Bowie in Jan­uary of last year which set an omi­nous tone for what would be a dif­fi­cult 12 months ahead for the in­dus­try, given Bowie’s undis­puted sta­tus as a bona fide mu­si­cal leg­end. So it’s tes­ta­ment to the re­spect this week’s cover star, Lorde, has man­aged to gar­ner at the ripe old age of 20, that one of her great­est ad­mir­ers was Bowie. Af­ter meet­ing him not long af­ter the re­lease of her de­but al­bum, Bowie told the then teenager that lis­ten­ing to her music was “like lis­ten­ing to to­mor­row”. No small praise in­deed, com­ing from some­one so revered to a young woman from New Zealand. And the late icon’s en­dorse­ment of the artists of to­mor­row, such as Lorde, is a re­minder that music never ac­tu­ally dies, but con­tin­ues to live on in the pass­ing of one gen­er­a­tion to an­other.

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