How sad to hear of the passing of yet another entertainment legacy – Gene Wilder.
Mr. Wilder died on Monday, August 29th (my dear father’s birthday) of complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was known and celebrated as one of the great character actors of our time, having starred in Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.
However, I have always adored this song from Willy Wonka, “Pure Imagination“. The music and, in particular, the lyrics, have always inspired me in my musical career. It gave me permission to turn my imagination into veritable musical projects. The mind is a powerful tool and one which all of us should embrace in every profession. Positive and life-changing ideas culled from one’s imagination should be set free, unleashed on the world.
With this is mind, let us celebrate Gene Wilder’s life by listening to this song. Enjoy.
My deepest condolences to Mr. Wilder’s family and friends. R.I.P. Gene.