The counterpart to birth is death.
A dear family friend, Buddy Harman, died last night...my dad will be a pallbearer for his old friend. The heartbreak in my dad's voice was hard to hear.
Buddy was a legendary drummer ("the most recorded drummer ever"), someone you have heard play a 1000 times without knowing it. Take a listen to Crazy (Patsy Cline), Bye Bye Love (Everly Brothers), Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash), Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette), Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley) or Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison), to name just a few. He played regularly on the Grand Ole Opry & was recognized by The Country Music Hall of Fame for creating the "Nashville Sound".
I knew none of this as a kid, spending nights with his family every week - he was just our friend. My best to Marsha, Summer, Autumn, Mark & the rest of his family.