I was smoking a cigarette when I heard that Joe Cocker has died of lung cancer at the age of 70. My first thought was of John Belushi’s spot-on impressions of Joe, back in the day, on Saturday Night Live. I found a couple of those videos on YouTube, and had to laugh at the silly grin on Joe’s face as he watched John, being Joe almost better than Joe himself.
Then as I clicked on my favorite songs, the ones included in the soundtrack of my life, a few tears slid down my cheeks. God, we were so young, and so sure that we were going to change the world into our vision of a peaceful, loving planet.
So here’s my tribute to Joe Cocker, inadequate as it may be. Think I’ll have another cigarette and listen to them again.