Today was different. On my way to the airport I got my phone out to load up my usual playlist, but something stopped me. I wanted something else. I wanted to silently grieve the loss of a legend. I needed it. Perhaps, this was my way of paying tribute to this musician, composer and above all human who has lived for so many people.
The search box was right in front of me. “Charles Aznavour” I typed. The news about his death came up first.
No, I didn’t want to listen to the news. My newsfeed had been flooded with millions of news stories…people mourning, putting flowers and lighting candles. I didn’t want to read. I didn’t want to see.
The search box came up again. “Charles Aznavour music” I tried again. It didn’t matter which song. Hearing his voice was enough. This was what I needed. Not many realised why I had to cover my eyes behind my sunglasses and clear my tears away as they overflowed my face.
It was an unusual feeling…similar to losing someone dear to your heart. It made me question life and death.
The passing of some people makes the world colder for everyone. Charles Aznavour was that person. His masterpieces were enough to touch each person’s heart who had listened to them. But his greatness lay beyond his music. It was in the way he was not indifferent to the world, to people, to an entire nation. He chose to be kind in this often cruel and ruthless world. He was an epitome of humility, a person who would put everyone’s needs before his.
Some people don’t die. They live through their character, life and works eternally. He will forever live in my heart and be a reminder of what matters in life and the kind of legacy that we should aim to leave behind. Not all of us are blessed with such a legendary talent, but we can all be kind, empathetic and aspire to touch others’ hearts.
Rest in peace, Charles Aznavour.
P.S. Links to some of the legendary music by Charles Aznavour.