I would have been putting a new weekly playlist together today, 20 songs with no songs from past playlists and only one song per band, same as always. I have been without home-internet for weeks, so this would have been the first in a while that I could do at home. However, after today's news, I put together a 15 song special playlist instead, all Celtic Thunder songs, including many I have used in past playlists. George Donaldson's albums are not on spotify, nor for some reason is the Celtic Thunder album It's Entertainment!. So, my home playlist today includes a few songs that I couldn't include on my spotify playlist, but these 15 are at the core of today's playlist remembering George Donaldson. And since this playlist will appeal more to Thunderheads than to my general music blog readership, it gets a post on both sites this week. Consider this a big musical hug from a Thunderhead music blogger still waiting for the news about George to sink in, or waiting to wake up and tell my sister about this odd and implausible dream I was having where the first news I saw when the Internet came back on was that George was dead...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The rest of this season may be a bit trying, as the news slowly filters through the rest of the Thunderheads. The 2014 Australia tour is scheduled to start in May, and without Emmet and George the tour may be less likely to happen, or may require another rushed newcomer to learn the songs for the Australia tour. We have seen already over the past few years that bad news takes a long time to reach the whole community, especially those who are not on social media very much, so there will be many frustrated, confused fans who find out about George when they find out a show is cancelled or when they realize he is not on stage at the show they have looked forward to for months. For today and this week, let us remind ourselves of that supportive community we can be, and let us appreciate all the more the rest of the artists we love. And, in the days and weeks and months to come, let us remember to be patient and supportive of each other and of the Celtic Thunder artists and management.
It will probably take a while for the reality of his death to sink in- it was just so sudden and unexpected, and he was so young! I updated my profile article on George this afternoon, and hunted down the two halfway tolerable shots of him that I took the last time I saw and met him, in Loveland this past November. I went through some of George's youtube videos, and now I have the Celtic Thunder albums playing on spotify. I barely knew him, so I can't imagine how today must be for the Celtic Thunder band and singers. We will all get through this, with more good times and great music still to come, even if right now those good times seem a bit out of reach.
George will always be missed, but he will live on in his music and in the music of his friends, forever.