Published Dec 21, 2016The world was shaken by the death of a seemingly disproportionate number of musical legends in 2016, and Morrissey has shared a message reflecting on the difficult year.
True to You posted the message, which finds Moz reflecting on the loss of Richard Davalos, Frank Finlay, Prince and Victoria Wood before revealing that he was the hardest hit by the passing of Japanese electronic composer Tomita.
"I struggled most of all with the death of Tomita, whose Snowflakes Are Dancing (RCA) I have listened to constantly for 40 years, especially on hard days of self-judgment," he wrote. "It is a recording that you can listen to repeatedly until you hear nothing else. All you need to do is to keep quiet. In a few minutes all the right answers come through and you will find that there had never been any reason, after all, to feel angry."
Encouraging others to get acquainted with Tomita's work, Morrissey continued: "If you do not know this recording, I envy your first listen. Track 5 especially will stay with you for always, as the best music does ... never outside time. It might take you back to the lost years of personal honesty in music, when artists gave everything that they had and everything that they were."
Tomita passed away at the age of 84 back in May. You can seek some solace by giving Tomita's 1974 record Snowflakes Are Dancing a spin in the player below.
Earlier this year, Moz attempted to pay homage to 2016's fallen by naming Wood, Prince, Caroline Aherne and Muhammad Ali during a live performance, but was met with some rather rude hecklers who took the exclusion of David Bowie's name as a pointed insult.