I assume that choosing a track for this day was intended to bring up someone that you personally know, I’m not going that route. Deal with it.
One thing that I used to love as much as music, was film. I would read tons of reviews and watch lots and lots of moves. Now, all of my time is spent on music, and while I still enjoy a good movie every now and then, I mainly just don’t care for most movies the way I used to. But I still find the time to read Roger Ebert’s reviews.
I’ve always respected Roger Ebert as a writer, but since I read an article in Empire I also respect him as person. The man has dealt with several surgeries to deal with cancer over the years and despite all of things that life has thrown at him, he still keeps on going. Reviewing movie, after movie, after movie with all of his passion for critique still intact.
In the article, linked above, Leonard Cohen’s 1988 track “I’m Your Man” saved Ebert’s life. If the nurses had not heard the music coming from Ebert’s room, he might have died. Ebert himself can’t exactly recall.
Regardless, every single time I hear the track I think of Roger Ebert. A man who’s story has inspired to do what I do today.
And on a separate note, “I’m Your Man” has to be one of sexiest songs ever.