How sad to learn of the death of one of my all time favourite singer and song writing artists at the age of 62, Gil Scott Heron. He was his own genre, a totally individual sound and it's hard to think of another artist who can move me like he does. Listen to 'Pieces of a Man' amongst so many other beautiful, painful, soulful, political, funky happy, sad songs. If you're not familiar with him have a listen on Spotify. Some singers get hailed as great songwriters or even the greatest, I'm not keen on overblown claims because there are so many incomparable artists out there.... but as a prolific talent he probably tops my other faves, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits... His work ages well too, listen to 'The Revolution will not be Televised', it sounds ferocious still today.
His death releases him from a very troubled life including addiction and jail, what a force his artistry was, I hope he went peacefully.