In Memoriam: Robin Williams

Yesterday we heard about the suicide of actor Robin Williams. One more wonderful person who lost a long battle with depression.

Robin Williams

I was a fan of him, ever since I saw him for the first time way back in 1982 in The World According to Garp. And even in his most comical, manic roles you always could feel there was more behind the surface. A human being. One of us. That’s why even his funniest jokes sometimes had a touching undertone, too.

    Maybe it’s weird, but for myself I also feel somewhat unsettled by the fact that Williams and I were the very same age (63). Couple this to the fact that I think I can understand his decision, and perhaps you see why it makes me feel a little shaky.

    For the rest – the past day there has already been written so much about his life, his work, and his death that I have little to add here.

Depression Publicity

    There is something else, though. A celebrity suicide like this one brings depression back into the focus of public attention. Briefly – before the focus shifts to other news again.

    In reaction to the news coverage of Williams’ death, fellow depression patient Molly Pohlig wrote a few sensible words about this kind of publicity. It’s a very short post in Slate that you may want to read:

When the Illness You Live With Becomes Breaking News

A Ballad

As I have little left to say here myself, I’d like to say goodbye to Robin Williams with some speechless music.

    Here is Ballad of a Lonesome Maestro, an almost kaddish-like piece of melancholy played by Joscho Stephan and Helmut Eisel on their 2012 one-off-together album Gypsy Meets The Klezmer:

Joscho Stephan & Helmut Eisel Quartett – Ballad of a Lonesome Maestro

1 Response to “In Memoriam: Robin Williams”

  1. 1 gerard snels Aug 15, 2014 at 09:26

    What a beautiful ballad! Also very suited for funeral ceremoinies..

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