Ric Ocasek

The Cars lead singer, guitarist, writer, icon, Ric Ocasek has passed away. I’d said a while ago that this was likely to get to be something of a regular thing at some point as time waits for no one. The Cars were on the radio constantly during my teen years. (Not to completely date myself but I was sixteen in 1984.) They were songs that were easy to sing along with, dance to, and remember. My favorite Cars song is “Drive”, written by Ocasek, sung by Benjamin Orr, from the “Heartbeat City” album, released in 1984. It was a slow song that got a lot of play at dances. Orr sang lead on many of The Cars tracks, his solo album from 1986, “The Lace” is really good, though I remembered by its hit single “Stay the Night.” Other favorite Cars songs include “You Might Think” and “Just What I Needed”. I also really liked “Emotion In Motion” which was from Ric Ocasek’s solo album, “This Side of Paradise”.ย  (Yes, I’m looking some of these things up. “This Side of Paradise”, incidentally, is also the title of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel, and that I knew.) Ocasek was seventy-five years old. I just happened to be online and saw the story. I don’t know that I’m going to post something every time one of the rock icons of my youth passes away, that would get to be morose and this isn’t the obits page, but these are some heavy hitters whose lyrics and melodies provided part of the soundtrack of the lives of many, mine included. These songs are attached to memories and feelings and times. Truthfully, it still seems unreal to me that Tom Petty is gone. May Ric Ocasek rest well. These feel like strange times indeed.

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