Last night the musical community of Sligo and beyond paid tribute through song and stories to Thom Moore, one of Ireland’s most talented songwriters of recent times.
I never met Thom, but through gigging with people who knew him well, I now know many of his songs well, and so his legacy lives on through his songs.
I find legacy to be a strange concept though. Many people are concerned with how they will be remembered when they are gone. And like most of our concerns, it too is a pointless one.
We might not all have a tribute concert in our name, where members of our families can watch some wonderful musicians recreate the songs we wrote. We might not all want that.
There’s no point in spending any time worrying on whether or not it will happen though, as you won’t get to decide whether it does or not, and you won’t be around to witness it.
If Thom Moore had spent too much time worrying about his legacy I doubt he would have written so many great songs.
Because you can’t control how you will be remembered. You can merely control how you act.