Tragedy Can & Does Inspire
As of late, the news has been a stream of reports on one tragedy after another. There are many reactions to catastrophic events, which I’ll elaborate on later. The purpose of this brief post is to display a photo collage. Sixty-six years and two days ago, Guinness Heir & socialite Tara Browne ran through a traffic stop at high speed, crashed his Lotus Elan into a parked truck, and died the next day at the age of 21. A month later, John Lennon read about the final coroner’s report in London’s Daily Mail and incorporated it into a song: “A Day in the Life,” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 (Capital Records).
Having been an obituary writer for several years, I’m intrigued by how people choose to live their lives. Clearly Browne made an indelible impact on pop culture in the short years he spent on this earth. I intend to write more later, because the story behind Browne is interesting and even includes Paul McCartney-related conspiracy theories. Until then, here is the abstract composition I created in homage to the late Mr. Browne.