Adam Schlesinger, COVID-19 & Wishing I Knew Their Names
I’ve been thinking about Adam Schlesinger. I don’t remember hearing his name before his death, but he influenced me.
I originally wrote this as a series of tweets on April 2, 2020. I present it here edited for the medium of Medium.
I’ve been thinking about Adam Schlesinger’s death from COVID-19. I don’t remember hearing his name before last night, but I knew his work. Until his death, I didn’t realize how much of his work I knew. Stacy’s Mom — she has it going on. I know the song and the video.
[Note: The second paragraph in this article published in The New Yorker the day after I wrote this captures why I wasn’t aware of his name. I now want to listen to all of his work.]
That Thing You Do is one of my favourite movies. Josie and the Pussycats is another fun one that I watch every few years. I watched a few episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend when it was still on Netflix Canada and have wanted to finish it. I now find him inspiring.
I wish I knew all their names
I wish I knew all the names of those whose work affected me. Whenever a famous person dies, I read public tributes and reflect. We’re influenced by their work, their words. Especially now, with social media, it’s easy for us to think that we KNOW famous people. Do we?
We know the parts of them that they reveal in this public space. I try to remind myself not to act overly familiar with celebrities on social media. I don’t respond to all the posts I want to because I don’t want to be creepy or too informal.
After their death, I think about their loved ones. Everyone has friends & family who really know them.
My heart goes out to Adam’s super fans, but especially to his friends, his family, those who physically touched him, hugged him, loved him intimately.* His inner circle. His private life. Same with the Marsalis family, of course, and all the other famous people taken by COVID-19 & other causes of death.
*[Notes: Rereading that for Medium posting made me cry a little. My heart is fluttering. Also, the previous evening I’d tweeted that I saw Ellis Marsalis Jr., perform with his boys several years ago at a music festival.]
The world is mourning many people right now. Stay safe. Don’t be another person to grieve. You might not be famous, but you’ve touched people. You are significant. You matter. Your life matters.*
*[Also making me emotional as I reread it.]
Please physically distance. Only go out when you need to. If you need a walk or run, visit unpopulated places. Exercise indoors. Sleep well. Eat well. Take care of yourself. The deaths will keep happening. Try not to add to the numbers.
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