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I read the headline and my heart stopped. A surge electrocuted my body, hands shaking. It was an announcement I was ever expecting to read. It was shocking, devastating, totally unreal, yet harshly true.
This breaking news story touched me. It affected me. And now I am breaking my rule of only posting twice a week. A story like this is important and Mac Miller is too talented of an individual to not discuss.
This entire blog is dedicated to him.
Music inspires and influences me to the point where I can recall when and where I hear an artist for the first time. For Mac Miller it was my sophomore year of high school. Sometimes high school could be a lonely place. And the nights before the large doors opened could be just as lonely. I know for a fact that I am not the only one who relied on Mac Miller’s songs to carry us through lonely moments and the toughest of days.
The first few songs I heard from him were off his Blue Slide Park album and On and On and Beyond EP. Party On Fifth Ave., Frick Park Market, Another Night, and Life Ain’t Easy started my interest and following of the rapper. Not to mention he was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, my home-state.
There is one fact in which cannot be denied when it comes to reflecting on his life. The responses and statements were all genuine. No one had a bad word to say about Mac Miller. He was happy, he was kind, he was humorous. Everyone truly loved to be around him and I believe he enjoyed being around others too. He was someone who could light up a room.
There were several tweets that warmed my heart as I read them and I hope they do the same to you.
Many Instagram posts contained captions of heartfelt messages. Drake had even dedicated a performance to his friend during his tour.
I hope he knows how truly admired he was and still is.
Reflecting on Mac Miller, I want to thank him a trillion times. Thank you for making music. Thank you for making music that was fun, new, and exciting. Thank you for your talent. Thank you for your originality. Thank you for making an incredible final album. Thank you for getting me through lonely nights. Thank you for creating impact. Thank you for representing art. Thank you, Mac Miller. Thank you.
Rest In Peace, Malcolm James McCormick.