So Many Musicians Died Way Too Young

Michelle Monet
Dec 18, 2019 · 3 min read

I’m feeling inspired to do a tribute to some of them now

People Magazine, Copyright 1977

We all know about the amount of talented people who die very young.

You might’ve heard that theory about all the artists who die at age 27. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but it sure is way too soon to lose these people — or anyone!

Here are a few musical artists I think about as I’ve been rehearsing music lately. I wonder what more musical creations would’ve come out of them if their lives hadn’t been cut so short.

I’m planning to do Tributes to some of these artists in 2020.

Today I was arranging Medley Tributes to some vocalists who are no longer with us — as my way of showing them reverence.

I realized that some in this generation might not be aware of Karen Carpenter who died at 32. I found this YouTube of a young guy hearing Karen Carpenter for the first time and freaking out.

It was fun to watch his reaction!

Jamel_AKA_Jamal YouTube

Today I felt a bit like I was channeling Karen as I worked on arranging my musical Tribute to her and also to composer Paul Williams, one of the premier songwriters from that era. They are two of my favorites from ‘my day’…well the 1970’s. HA!

I’ve also been rehearsing my Tribute to Eva Cassidy, one of my favorite soul-full vocalists who was taken away too soon at age 26. The songs in this medley are Ain’t No Sunshine, Time After Time, Autumn Leaves and Fields of Gold.I’m combining my guitar with piano on these.

In this video she knew she had very little time left to live. Here she is singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow at a live music venue. She had very little strength because her illness was in a serious stage by this time. It’s quite an awe inspiring rendition of this song. I especially love the final three notes:

I feel lucky and thankful to be musically re-inspired lately (Well, I’m not only inspired but I’m actually TAKEN OVER by music again!)

It feels nice to bring some of this music back to life in a way — through recording these songs. I’m reminding myself how great these artists were who weren’t with us long.

Thanks for reading.

Here are a few more stories about my new musical project for 2020. I’m planning to record beginning December 30th — cover tunes and originals. If you’d like to stay in touch you can sign up at for updates.

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Musician. Author. Poet. Seeker. Currently writing showbiz memoir and Broadway style Musical. Contact me at

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