He was an incredibly gifted performer, one of the best in the world, with the ability to touch the heart of all who ever saw him, whether he was acting in a film, or performing stand-up comedy.
This past Tuesday, at 1am, I had the sad task of breaking the news of Robin Williams’ suspected suicide to my listeners on Kfm. Not the easiest of tasks, especially as he was someone I had idolized over the years. Trying not to be overly emotional when one of the icons of your childhood and one of your heroes passes away is difficult, but I did my best.
I was monitoring social media throughout Tuesday morning and day, and I was happy to see that I was not the only person who felt some kind of special connection to Williams. He was a star in his own league. Most people who don’t mourn celebrities found themselves in heavy mourning. Across the globe, shock and sadness filled the atmosphere as folks awoke to the tragic news.
Williams will be remembered predominantly as one of the greatest actors and comedian geniuses who ever lived, but more so, especially to those of us who were children in the 1990s – the peak of his career – who grew up having Williams enchant our childhoods. But he wasn’t just an extremely good at acting and stand-up comic. For those who’ve seen the Disney animation of ‘Aladdin’, where Williams provides the voice of the genie, you’ll know that the man dubbed by adorning fans of his work as “The Voice”, had a great singing voice too. In fact, I wish we had a chance to see him sing more in movies.
While “The Voice” was able to enchant our lives and leave a little magic with us, it would seem that he felt his life was missing that special spark. The tragedy of his passing has reaffirmed to me how fatal depression can be, and in line with this, I would like to strongly encourage you, if you suffer from depression, or know someone who suffers from it, to please, please seek help now, before it’s too late. LifeLine is available 24/7 all-year long. They don’t charge, don’t expect you to divulge any info you don’t want to, and are there to help. So, please, my plea to you this week is to please take down their number and if you find yourself in a dark place, call them right away: 0861 322 322. And know this: you are not alone.
Rest in Peace Robin “The Voice” Williams (1951 – 2014). You will be sorely missed.
Now, on to a decidedly less somber topic…
What gigs to see this weekend:
• On Friday, August 15, 7th Son will be performing live at Café Roux at the Noordhoek Farm Village from 7pm. Tickets are R100 and booking is essential at email@example.com.
• Saturday, August 16, will see Brother and Brother, Elevated Motion and The Young Folks, jamming at Aandklas Stellies, found at 43a Birdstraat, Stellenbosch. The gig kicks-off at 9pm and for more info, call 021 883 3545.
• Then on Sunday, August 17 at 7pm, Michael Ashley-Jones will be at Ragazzi Live, 7 Loop Street, Cape Town. Tickets are R30 (presold) and R50 at the door. To get presold tickets, or more info, call 082 8328 860.