Today, Ronnie James Dio died. Many are blogging about it and are saying words more poignant and meaningful than I ever will. I just wanted to mark his passing, to note he was more than just a mere singer in a heavy metal band. He was a good man. He did a lot of work for charities, most famously for the Hear N' Aid project in the eighties. He brought a lot of good will and smiles to millions of people, and somebody like that will always be missed. I love his music, with Rainbow, Sabbath, and his solo years. He was a tremendously talented individual with a quick wit and a smile for anyone.
You will be missed, Dio.
I read these lyrics from his song, Rainbow in the Dark, and they seem like the best way to sum it all up:
"I cry for magic - I feel it dancing in the light
But it was cold - I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night
"There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark"
We've all been left alone, now, in a world a little more dreary with Dio's passing.