Last weekend I celebrated my 40th birthday! Sounds terrible… I definitely don’t feel like (and like to think that don’t look like ?) 40, but that’s what the numbers say. I guess I am not very good at accepting getting older a decade. I remember crying when I turned 30. Actually, the beginning of my 30s was the time when I felt best about myself. I discovered a lot about myself, and I felt stronger and freer. That was also when I started to hang out with the love of my life, my now-husband. But still, I remember not liking the way 30 sounded. 40 is much worse to the ear. I wish I stayed 26 all my life. Not because that was my happiest year but just because I like the way it sounds. I always did. I liked it even before I was 26.
So today, even though it’s been already four days, I was obsessing over my age and dreaming about 26 instead of doing my job at the office. That’s when the famous “27 Club” came to my mind. For those of you who have not heard of it, here is the Wikipedia definition: “The 27 Club is a term that refers to the belief that an unusually high number of popular musicians and other artists have died at age 27.” “Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At the time, the coincidence gave rise to some comment, but it was not until the death of Kurt Cobain, about two and a half decades later, that the idea of a 27 Club” began to catch on in public perception.” “In 2011, seventeen years after Cobain’s death, Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, and there was a large amount of media attention devoted to the club once again. Three years earlier, she had expressed a fear of dying at that age.”
You see? Now I know I am right to feel this way about 26. Nobody should ever go over 26 and turn 27!
There are many more members of the 27 Club. But these 6 are the most iconic, most known ones. I remember crying my heart out when I heard about Kurt Cobain. It really broke my heart. Like Anthony Kiedis said, he was beloved and endearing and inoffensive in some weird way. Although there is a hypotheses that his death was a homicide, the official cause of death was determined as suicide. Here is the heart-breaking suicide note that was found:
Then of course there is the Lizard King… I wasn’t even born when he departed. However, if I had the chance to meet one famous person on Earth, I would want that one person to be Jim Morrison. As a big fan of the Doors, I would have loved to watch them live in one of their concerts. Jim Morrison was a great poet, great musician, great singer, great performer and the most charismatic person ever! Well, for me at least. ? The official cause of his death was listed as heart failure. However, as no autopsy was performed, there are many theories about how he died. There is also the belief that he faked his own death. Here is an interesting video on his passing which also includes some footage from his performances:
One way or another, they are all gone.
But, they will always live through their music.