You’ll have your own list. This is ours.
Sir George Martin
Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
Terry Wogan and Sir Jimmy Young
and the one we felt most:
“Jesus was a sailor
when he walked upon the water.
And he spent a long time watching
from his lonesome wooden tower.
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him, he said:
‘All men will be sailors then, until the sea will free them!’
Oh but he himself was broken.
Long before the sky would open.
Forsaken, almost human.
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.”
Entertainer. Thinker. Priest. Poet. Mentor. Musician. Our world is much the poorer without him.
See also: A Haiku for Zsa Zsa.