I must admit that sometimes, having a paying job outside of the house really slows me down. I can’t always respond to things as quickly as I might like.
On Monday, after I’d already written blogs for that day and the next, I read that Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries had suddenly died. She was found in her hotel room, and she was only 46 years old.
The Cranberries were one of the few bands that my husband and I could consistently agree upon during our early days of dating and marriage. Long car ride? The Cranberries could easily be found in the CD player. I loved Dolores’s voice, as did everyone. Calming with just a touch of sadness, sometimes more than others, I could listen to her sing all day, and sometimes, I did.
I can’t remember how many years later I discovered that Simon, of all people, had done a duet with Dolores O’Riordan for Luciano Pavarotti’s Together for the Children of Bosnia concert. The duet is special, not just because of Simon or Dolores, but because their voices were so incredibly unique, and went together beautifully. Like most DD fans, I have a few MP3’s of duets that Simon has done with other vocalists over the years, but this one is probably my favorite. Thankfully to Billboard, I now have seen the video for it (I’d only ever heard the sound from the performance). Click the link to see the article and the video clips.
I think I’m still a bit melancholy over the news. As I said to my husband on Monday, I really dislike this part of life in a lot of ways. So many of the people I grew up admiring most in this world are beginning to pass on, and if you focus solely on the loss, it can be incredibly depressing. Simon had said something about the music Dolores O’Riordan left behind, and I’m going to try focusing on that. She left behind an incredibly gift that will never go away.