The world has witnessed generations of great musicians come and go. Some reminded of serenading angels, of the whistling birds in the sky, and others of the rising storm. Some of them, however, had to be remembered like a sad song: John Lennon, Selena, Marvin Gaye and Tupac. Their careers – passions, rather – ended abruptly because of assassinations.
Last June 11, the music scene had to bid goodbye to another budding musician, Christina Grimmie. The 22 year-old former “The Voice” contestant was gunned down at a Florida Concert venue while she was signing autographs. The motive behind her death still remains a mystery.
Christina Grimmie was more than a beautiful face and voice, she supported several foundations such as The Humane Society, UNICEF, PETA, and Oceana.
Many people, including celebrities such as Blake Shelton, T.J. Wilkins, and Rachel Platten, have given her nothing but praise for her kindness and optimism. Adam Levine, who was her coach during her The Voice stint, even offered to pay Grimmie’s funeral.
Last June 13, hundreds of mourners attended and lit candles at a vigil in memory of Grimmie. Her brother expressed his gratitude to everyone and also sympathized with the Orlando mass shooting.
Best friends Pete Innaurato, Lauren Longo, and Sarah Luebkemann spoke highly of Grimmie’s love for her family, friends, and the Lord.
Even her Twitter followers noted how her tweets were brimming with thoughts about faith and generosity. Others gave tales about how Grimmie loved to spend time with the elders, hold fans’ days, cheer people up, and go Christmas caroling.
Many musicians will always remain in the hearts of people not only for what they do on stage but what they also do when no one is looking.
Christina, for one, will always be remembered for her inner and outer beauty. Hers may be a short and sad song, but it is good music all the same – it inspires and speaks life. (Mariz Patanao)