When December rolls around, of all the days of the year, I imagine I will remember last Friday pretty well. I have not felt the kind of sadness I felt when Craig called from New Orleans to make sure I knew that Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, had died in a while. (I didn't know.)
Losing Levon Helm also hurt, but MCA's death especially stung because I remember specifically staying up late to watch "Fight for Your Right" on Friday Night Videos in sixth grade. (No MTV, this one.) Some years later, my friend Bill played me Check Your Head in his car. I thought, "wow, they've really changed," and became a fan for life.