Lean on me
Legendary musician and singer Bill Withers sadly passed away this week in his home at the age of 81.
Known for his signature soul music and booming voice, Withers was a legend both on stage and off. Extremely kind, outgoing and full of inspiration, Withers was a man of rare talent that is far left out of conversations.
Lean on Me may be his most popular song, and for good reason. The song is extremely uplifting and memorable, and will go down as one of the best soul songs in history.
His family made an official statement on his death earlier yesterday:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”
While his loss will be extremely hard and the loss of such an iconic legend will last for years, his music will stand the test of time. As we continue to try and get through these difficult times, Withers’ songs are some of the best of all time.
We can all take a note from Withers as an artist and as a man. He made his life his own way and inspired several of us that we could do the same thing. Rest in peace Withers.