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Which Texas Musicians Would Get Page 1 New York Times Obits?

Like it or not, death is an inevitable part of the news cycle. A big part of the news cycle, most of the time. Look at Tony Scott, Phyllis Diller and... wait, what time is it now?

Rocks Off is not trying to be flippant at all here, because we had our own brush with the reaper less than a year ago: A heart attack at age 36. Yes, 36. Of anything that can go down on your permanent record, that's certainly not one we expected.

We did not see any kind of bright light, tunnel or angels, or gain any kind of insight into what happens on the other side, but we did gain an immediate and shocking appreciation of just how much we had been taking for granted, and how much of what happened was our own responsibility. All of that ended the second we woke up in the hospital.

One eye-opening byproduct of almost dying is that you get to be an eyewitness to the ripples your death would cause among your family and friends, in your workplace, in your community. It might be heartwarming if it weren't so damned uncomfortable. But then, in a way you simply couldn't before, you start to understand why death is such a big deal... to everyone.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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