Jeff Lynne

No More New Years

When I was around five years old, I started dancing to a show called 'American Bandstand.' It came on just before 'Soul Train,' which I also boogied to right before the Saturday afternoon fright fest of 'Shock Theater.' I grew up dancing to 'American Bandstand,' and remember quite clearly one of the last episodes I watched being the one on which ELO guested, promoting their "Balance of Power" CD.

All that aside, what I'm trying to say here is that I grew up with Dick Clark. He was synonymous with popular music on TV, just as Casey Kasem was the voice on the radio that told me each week to "keep my feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

And I'm not the only one. Dick Clark had a great hand in keeping rock'n'roll alive after the hey-day of the 1950s and early 60s. In my opinion, the world of music as we know it today wouldn't even exist had it not been for the figuratively joint efforts of The Beatles and Dick Clark. I can bet there isn't one person my age in the Western World whose life has not been touched in one way or another by Dick Clark.

There has been a long-running joke that we would have no more new years when Dick Clark passed, because New Years Rockin' Eve would not be the same without him. Even when he grew too ill to man the post of that iconic show, he still made an honourary appearance each year without fail. I find it very ironic that Mr. Clark chose 2012 to leave this Vale of Tears. Perhaps it's the World's Oldest Teenager trying to tell us something.

The ball has dropped early this year. Throw your confetti to honour this great soul.
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Just sending you a few lines from over here, sad to read about your feelings of despair, I sincerely wish I could be there to comfort you. But being so far away, all I can do is send my wishes for the sun to return to you.

If I dare to give you any advice,it would probably be to leave the house for a while and be somewhere else, with people who care for you.

In the meantime, you are in my thoughts, sending you the best of thoughts.

Yours sincerely,

Oleander 56