Merle Haggard’s baritone. I mean, c’monnnnn.
It’s smooth. It’s strong. It’s unmistakeable.
Yes, I’m talking about his voice in present tense even though he died today.
That’s the beauty of artists, of people who create. Their physical presence is missed by their family, those who love them most. But because they are artists, writers, musicians who have living, breathing documentation of their life — their talents and connection to people are preserved for all time.
Artists are timeless beyond the grave.