The fallacy of legacy

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.

IMG_0459.jpg

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.

IMG_0458

Because you can’t control how you will be remembered. You can merely control how you act.

One thought on “The fallacy of legacy”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s