Death / Music
A Song to Combat the Sadness Brought on by Robin Williams' Death
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM
Robin Williams’ suicide affected me more strongly than I thought it would. Maybe it did the same to you. Perhaps anyone who’s had his/her own battles with depression can relate all too well to this celebrity death. Not to be too dramatic about this, but Williams’ premature passing did nudge me into a quagmire of doubt about, well, everything.
In such times, music can console better than most art forms. And while in this funk, my mind latched in desperation onto a song by Dolly Parton called “Gettin’ Happy,” off Light in the Attic’s recently released compilation Country Funk II (reviewed here). It’s a rather atypical Parton number, bolstered by jittery, funky breakbeats and a chorus that sounds like Appalachian gospel. (And, hey, a quick Google search reveals that Dolly's sister Stella has an album called Appalachian Gospel. Learn something new...)
Back to "Gettin' Happy": God damn, Dolly sings the heaven out of this tune. To say this is uplifting is to say Robin Williams was funny. File next to the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ “Oh Happy Day”—and try to cheer the fuck up.