R.I.P. Charlie Watts

I was sad to hear about the death of drummer Charlie Watts of my favorite group: The Rolling Stones . Where to begin? It’s been a life-long love affair. I remember my mother’s Hot Rocks LPs, her laughter about “Mother’s Little Helper”, I remember seeing them at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. and Waldbühne in Berlin. I still pump my fist when I hear “Satisfaction”, “Under My Thumb”, “Miss You”, “Slave”, “Rough Justice”, the list goes on and on and on. Radio Eins played three songs in a row just now and I nearly wept. He was the picture of elegance and restraint—THE BEST. Raise a stick to Charlie Watts tonight!

Photo by Dyan Valdés.