Sometime about two weeks ago, people across the world took part in something of a communal grieving for the loss of a gem – Avicii. Personally, I was taken aback at how much it hurt me. It felt like I had lost a friend; someone who I had made memories with, someone who had made me happy, and someone who I could call on when I was down. Now I’m not sure if my pain was borne out of the fact that the talented Tim Bergling was just 28 or because I really still needed him, and his music around, but it got me thinking. Even more painful is the possibility that his death might be part of his years-long fight with acute pancreatitis caused by excessive drinking or even suicide.

“It’s very easy to become too attached to partying. You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic.” –Avicii

The evils that come with overwhelming fame at a young age and all the exposure, has taken more talents than death itself. With Avicci, while many are curious about exactly how he died, there’s more gain in reflecting on how he lived. He toured the world for his fans until it drained him to the point of quitting, and he gave his heart out in every song he put out. I mean, how does a 28-year old Sweden build so much in so little time and make so much magic that he actually subliminally secures a spot in the hearts of billions of people across the world. A painful look at his last months on earth, would show the path of peace he had begun pursuing endlessly. He had drastically tried to run away from the toxicity… he could only try.

Whatever the case may be, Avicci died an icon. His music so many times, served as a portal to worlds a lot of us could never discover on our own – levels. Every beat, every harmony, the symphony and subtle flow of music notes pouring out of different musical instruments was pure magic. Today, I share the lyrics to one of my favorite tracks, ‘The Nights’, without any form of analysis or explanation. The Nights features the uncredited vocals of Nicholas Furlong, and, it was released in 2014 by PRMD Music and Universal Island on Avicii’s The Days / Nights EP. Let the words of the song speak to you as they did to me, and let the message ring.

[Verse 1]
Once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, went face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Make memories we knew would never fade

[Pre-Chorus]
One day my father he told me
Son, don’t let it slip away
He took me in his arms, I heard him say
When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid

[Chorus]
He said, one day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

[Verse 2]
When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shining stars
He said go venture far beyond these shores
Don’t forsake this life of yours
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are

[Pre-Chorus]
One day my father he told me
Son, don’t let it slip away
When I was just a kid, I heard him say
When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid

[Chorus]
He said, one day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

[Outro]
These are the night that never die
My father told me
Hey, hey

A DJ friend of mine, DJ Obvious coincidentally sent me a link to his Mix with a few of Avicii’s best tracks. You can download and listen here.

There’s a small gap between life and death and only few things can make the transition seamless. Live a life you would remember as well as one that you would be remembered for. But, please, don’t let the wild consume you; live safe.

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Ejiro Lawretta Egba is a young chartered accountant and writer from Nigeria. She holds a degree in Accounting and is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is currently a Financial Analyst for a private equity firm in Nigeria, a ghost writer, and a writer/contributor for a number of websites and platforms, both home and abroad. With an immense passion for knowledge acquisition, she seeks to contribute her own quota to the African community and beyond. For info and inquiries, contact via: lawrettawritesbookreviews@yahoo.com

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