Today we learned the sad news of the death of Donna Summer at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer. She was known as the Queen of Disco, an artist who, along with the Bee Gees, led the vanguard of disco music and style in the mid to late 1970s. She had one hit after another, from "Heaven Knows," MacArthur Park," and "Bad Girls," to "On the Radio," "Hot Stuff," and my personal favorite, "Last Dance." All of those tunes---and so many other Donna Summer classics---are on my iPod.
If Donna Summer helped to define my youth with her huge vocal range and danceable beats, Whitney Houston helped to define my teenage years in much the same way. When artists whose work influences and entertains you and defines entire eras of your life pass away, it tends to inspire some self-reflection.
I never met them, but Donna Summer and Whitney Houston contributed in a significant way to the soundtrack of my life. And they will, still.
Rest in peace to the two women who had been blessed with extraordinary talent and shared it with us for too short a time.