By: Brenda_Otin | April 26, 2021, 11:21 a.m.
The forever 27 club got it’s name after the death of Kurt Cobain. It is not an actual club but a name that was used to refer to artists that died at the age of 27, from people such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, just to mention a few. These artists were known for their genius creativity when it came to music. However, their personal lives were not as shiny and beautiful as their art. Some struggled with drug abuse, bad relationships, mental issues which sometimes impacted their creativity. I believe most song writers speak what they are going through in their lyrics and if we listened intently then we wouldn’t have lost some of the best talents that the music world had to offer, at a young age. Oftentimes people say that creatives are the ones that mostly go through such incidents, but I say most of us do, we just aren’t famous and the creatives are out there representing us.
The following are my top four lyricists who the world lost too soon. Imagine if they had lived longer to share their genius with us.
There is no way you can fall in love with Nirvana without appreciating the lyrics of Kurt Cobain. Most of us who still listen to Nirvana is because of Kurt Cobain’s lyrical genius which we relate to. The lyrics to the song Lithium are my personal favorite especially when he says, “I’m so happy ‘cause today I found my friends, they’re in my head.” Most people would misunderstand the lyrics as someone who is going crazy but to me it relates to the moments that you are meditating and analyzing your situation and the universe at large on your own. I mean the voices in your head that are helping you to decide the best cause of action for whichever situation you are caught up.
I feel like I could read a lot of people’s life stories through Amy Winehouse’s lyrics. The lyrics to the song Back to black is one kind of experience that a good percentage of us have experienced at some point in our lives. “We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times, you go back to her and I go back to black.” The lyrics to this song resonate with the feeling that most of us go through when we say goodbye to someone. It is easy for us to spell out the words when saying goodbye and trying to start things anew, yet deep down it feels like a shot through the hurt and instead of moving on our hearts fade to the dark.
Janis Joplin was recognized as the female rock star of her time. Not only was she one, but she was also known for being sexually liberated. I would also believe she was her feminist. This is from my favorite song lyrics from the song, Piece of my heart, with the words, “And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough, but what I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.” I understand that it is a motivation for women that they can be tough and not allow themselves to be objectified. The lyrics to the song shows a woman in love ready to give her all to the man she loves but instead of doing the same, the man keeps breaking her heart.
Jim Morrison was famous for his poetic lyrics that touched souls. Well, he turned to poetry when he left the band the Doors. The band itself got the name from a poem, The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. So, naturally, the lyrics to the songs of this band were expected to be poetic. This made Him Morrison’s lyrics rich in both intellect and emotion and this is why I got to love his mind when writing the lyrics of their songs. My favorite lyrics from Jim Morrison, "For the music is your special friend Dance on fire as it intends Music is your only friend Until the end." From the song "When The Music's Over,” well, yes. I believe music is my personal friend. Because music gets me all the time. Happy moments, sad moments, moments that I need encouragement, all I need to do is just turn on the music and it gets me and understands what I am going through.
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