Recently I learned of the passing of a musician, Peter Steele, who’s music was truly felt by me and throngs of fans worldwide. His band, Type O Negative, is one of my top 5 favorite’s of all time.
I remember the first time hearing them, and thinking how depressing the music was, and how mind numbing it was at the same time. There were many “dreary” days in my past and I swear if it weren’t for Type O Negative and Peter Steele I’m not sure how I would have made it through. In the 90’s, before they got big, I saw them at a small club and got to meet and talk with Peter for a moment. To this day I wonder why the heck the guys hand was so cold and clammy after playing live for almost 2 hours straight, but I digress…
As I grew older, the lyrics and dreariness wore off, but not my appreciation for the musicianship. They are really good at what they do and at times you think you are listening to an epic soundtrack.
Today I was listening to a song called “Everything Dies” (video posted at the bottom of page) and realized just how “Buddhist” of a song it was. I am certain Peter had no intention of writing it as a “Buddhist” song but, read this snippet…
“Well I loved my aunt – but she died
and my uncle lou – then he died
I’m searching for something which can’t be found – but I’m hoping
I still dream of dad – though he died
Everything dies – everything dies
My ma’s so sick – she might die
though my girl’s quite fit – she will die”
– “Everything Dies” Type O Negative
I’ve listened to this song hundreds of times before but never put 2 and 2 together, Peter was writing about impermanence. Knowing some day we all die, even Peter, I think he came to grips with his own passing WAY before his time came. And while it was at a young age, the fact of the matter is, “Everything Dies!”
Thank you for the reminder Peter, farewell and safe journeys!!