A Tribute

The World Falls Out Of Time

The death of Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins comes at a time when his infectious spirit is badly needed.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readMar 30, 2022

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“And I wonder

When I sing along with you

If everything could ever feel this real forever

If anything could ever be this good again”

- Foo Fighters

The news of Taylor Hawkins’ death hit me hard and I am not quite sure why. In the past, I have felt sadness and loss with the death of personal heroes like Neil Peart, but this was different. I have never been more than a casual fan of the Foo Fighters, but the news of their drummer’s death felt like a punch to the gut.

I will admit that the news came at a time when I am feeling raw emotionally. A cat that had followed me home during the pandemic and adopted our family was hit by a car earlier this month and I am not sure that I fully processed the loss. The kids, who all hated that cat when he first made himself at home, had grown to love him and were crushed by his death. Instinctively, I fell into the role of being strong for them. I suppressed my emotions as I lifted his body off the road and brought him to the vet for cremation.

But it was more than being strong for the kids that directed my emotional response that morning. As I saw his lifeless body on the road I felt the tears well up and then felt immediate guilt. How could I feel sad for this cat when there are lives being ripped apart needlessly in Ukraine? How could my loss compare to a parent having to bury their baby as the country they call home teeters on the edge of extinction?

Raph_PH, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The world is a fucked up place and Taylor Hawkins brought brightness into it. I do not think that a picture exists of him behind his kit where he is not smiling from ear to ear. That type of positive energy is badly…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com