Why wait until your favorite pop stars/celebrities are dead before reflecting upon how awesome they were and much their music/talents meant to you? We’re going to take a moment to talk about singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, whom most of you already know used to be in Genesis. And is very much alive, as of this writing. Repeat, ALIVE. Anyway, after leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel embarked on a successful solo career, with one of his biggest hit albums being “So,” released in 1986. “So” spawned hits such as “Red Rain,” “In Your Eyes,” (made popular in the 1989 Cameron Crowe film “Say Anything”), “Big Time” and “Sledgehammer,” which was accompanied by a multiple award-winning (and groundbreaking) music video. An earlier song Gabriel is very well known for is the 1977 single “Biko,” which by most accounts, helped mobilize the anti-Apartheid movement, particularly among celebrities, music fans, and rock stars. It’s a chilling account of the life and last hours of South African activist Steven Biko (played by Denzel Washington on film in “Cry Freedom,” which was his first Oscar-nominated role, but you already knew that, didn’t you?). Perhaps the last line of the song is the most telling “And the eyes of the world are watching now.” And indeed, they were…This song packs a very emotional wallop, not just because of the lyrics, but because of the music (if bagpipes don’t make you cry, you are a replicant, and not a very good one) and vocals. In 1988, he penned the score for the controversial Martin Scorsese film “The Last Temptation of Christ.” In 1992, he released the lesser known album “Us,” which spawned hits including “Kiss That Frog” and the #1 single “Digging In the Dirt” (also accompanied by a groundbreaking video). There is a bit more I want to say about Peter Gabriel, but I will leave the rest for the comments section if anyone wants to learn a bit more. Otherwise this could turn into a write-up about the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens (hmmmm maybe I need to do a writeup about him just to have it in the “can” if he dies). Anyway, we we hope Peter Gabriel will continue to live for at least another 15-20 years before the Grim Reaper decides to check him off his list. Long live, Peter Gabriel!