Unhappy Coincidence

I learned this past weekend that a friend had taken his own life.  That's not what this post is about, it simply serves as context.

Obviously, I'm sad and I find myself listening to music in the usual way (full collection on shuffle). What's different is that I'm skipping everything but the sad and moody stuff.

Moments ago, an African piece came on. I knew nothing about it. It came to my collection from a friend that lent me a world music compilation CD. This one track has been haunting me for years but never did I look it up. The non-English lyrics meant nothing to me and I was ...  afraid of learning that the song might be about something trite.

How wrong I was.

So now I still know nothing about the song other than that it is about Death.

I wonder if I knew that all along.

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