Post by kerouac2 on Apr 12, 2018 22:55:38 GMT
Last week an iconic French rock star died -- Jacques Higelin, age 77. He was sort of the anti Johnny Hallyday, who died last year at age 74, although I am certain that quite a few people liked both of them. As people get old, they often like just about anything that reminds them of their youth. Anyway, Jacques Higelin was a sort of alternative singer, more like David Bowie than Paul McCartney -- he changed look and style over the years but never followed the latest fashion -- it was more as though he created it. I doubt that anybody has ever heard of him outside of French speaking countries; it was the sort of music that cannot be exported.
Anyway, although I was personally not a big fan, even though there were certain songs of his that I liked -- hell, I didn't even hate everything that Johnny Hallyday did -- when it was announced that his funeral at Père Lachaise cemetery would be open to the public, I figured that it was worth checking out. It would most certainly not be an ordinary event.
My thought was that they would use the big chapel at the colombarium, but I was wrong. It was occupied by some other dead person.
People were directed downhill, so I only had to follow them.
We were not alone.
It is always a good time to notice little details.
The crowd was interesting. As always, the main part of the fans were people from the same generation.
But there were plenty of young people, too, because so many grew up listening to their parents' records and appreciating them.