R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan


“You’ll always be special to me.”

Yesterday, it was reported that singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away unexpectedly at age 46. This one was a gut punch to me. I must have played The Cranberries‘ CD’s hundreds of times in college and graduate school, and I often had their songs on my playlist while traveling, including on a long, memorable bus ride through the mountains of Laos. Her voice and lyrics will be with me for a long time.

Somewhere between Phonsavan and Luang Prabang in northern Laos, 2009. I’ll long remember the breathtaking scenery, paired with the Cranberries’ music.

Putting the music and the celebrity aside, 46 is too young. I keep thinking about her family, especially her children. This is another very sad loss from the world, and it’s another reminder that our time here is not guaranteed. I guess all that matters is the memories we make and the good we do while we are here. Rest in peace.

“It’s out there. If you want me, I’ll be here.”  

 

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