Two things reminded me lately of my own mortality. Firstly was the review of the very thought provoking album by Cosmograf "When Age Has Done It’s Duty and the other whilst out on my bike seeking photo opportunities. Robin Armstrong’s worrying words and semi doom invoking inflections throughout the Cosmograf album made me think that many of my best years are behind me. However, it did make me think in a much more positive way about my own demise. Far too many people consider the subject taboo or morose. I think not. It was my bike ride that changed my whole outlook and the want to make provision for my passing away.
Whilst riding through a local cemetery I happened upon a recently attended grave replete with freshly laid flowers of a young man who like myself had a passion for music. This became evident as I approached his grave in disbelief. I was unsure if my eyes were deceiving me or not so I swiftly dismounted and in a moment of pique decided to photograph what I think is the biggest statement any individual can make with regard to their musical passion. There upon the headstone was the “Dark Side Of the Moon” prism. The beautiful epitaph concludes with a quote from “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.
Despite the sadness of this young man’s untimely and premature passing, it inspired me to go home thinking to myself "Hey, how great is that". I have been wanting to sort out my will etc for a while and this made me expedite plans in a pleasing way. I have just completed a CD of pieces I want playing at my funeral and it has given me great peace of mind. My thanks to Rob Armstrong and of course to the young man who made such an eternal statement.