Thursday, August 26, 2010

Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)

9 years ago I was in Boston for a friend's wedding. We were laughing in the car listening to music on the radio when the DJ cut in and said that a plane had crashed with Aaliyah on board with no survivors. I immediately turned the radio up in shock and disbelief and everyone became quiet as they knew what a big Aaliyah fan I was. I had to listen to it again, then flipped the channel and heard it on another radio station, and another, and another. As the truth set in, I vividly remember feeling so sad which was weird because I never knew her, I never met her, she had no real affect on my life but it was her music that connected she and I, as it connected so many to her. I just couldn't believe a young woman so beautiful, so talented, and so incredibly young was gone.

9 years later, as I'm sitting here a little teary eyed listening to my all time favorite Liyah track the remix of "At Your Best", I find myself right back to that day of sadness.

From all of us at The Chronicles, rest in peace Aaliyah. We thank you for sharing your gifts with us and we keep you alive through your music, beautiful spirit, and long lasting impression you left on all of us. R.I.P Babygirl


  1. Great post, J. I remember where I was when I heard the news. I was sleeping in my bed, when my mom woke me up. She had this concerned look on her face and said "I don't know how to tell you this, but Aaliyah died in a plane crash today." She knew how big of a fan I was, and she knew I'd be crushed...which I was. Like you J, I never had any physical connection to Aaliyah, but her music and voice spoke to me, so when my mother told me, I couldn't help but to feel an emptiness, sadness, and loss.

    RIP Aaliyah...

  2. I was on the way back from a night club and was laughing about the great time we had--turned on the radio and thought "damn they got a good Aaliyah mix going". But when the DJ cut in with a somber tone after it was over I already knew things weren't good...

    Got home and MTV confirmed the worst. RIP baby girl!

  3. I remember when I heard it there were rumors hype williams and timbaland were on the same plane.


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