And then the news I'd caught by accident a few days earlier hit home: R.E.M. was gone.
The band announced via its website that as of September 21, 2011, the band would "calling it a day as a band". (Hilton, Robin (September 21, 2011). "R.E.M. Calls It A Day, Announces Breakup" NPR.org.)
A year ago. The end of carrying on since Bill left for his farm in 1997. And all this time I thought they might be hunkered down in a studio. The obits pile up too quickly these days
Think of it this way. We were shiny, happy people in our glory days.
And some of us are angry:
Orange Crush (live in Germany, 2003)
And often reflective, as I was sitting yesterday morning, having my coffee and watching the birds in the early morning light.
Nightswimming (Michel Stipe vocals, Mike Mills piano;
Undated, Live in Jool, Netherlands)
Yeah, reflective, like the mood I'm in now. Michael, Peter, Mike and Bill -- to your band R.E.M., Requiescat in Pace.