Making Memories

The Hawaii Gay Flag Football League and friends were out in full force at their annual Memorial Day Weekend Beer Bust yesterday. Beer was pouring, Jell-O shots were consumed and laughs were shared. All added up to an excellent afternoon. Thanks to all who helped make it a success. Here are some photos.

And since it's Memorial Day, we'd like to pay tribute to those we've lost who have made our lives better in large and small days. Without being morose or sullen…

…we take a look back through decades past to uncover some of music’s most touching tributes to those we lost.

In 2015, it took a special song to dethrone Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” from its 14-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100. That song was Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” featuring singer Charlie Puth. The piano-laced hip-hop ballad paid tribute to actor Paul Walker for Furious 7 and touched enough hearts to reach the top of the charts. We take a look back through decades past to uncover some of music’s most touching tributes to those we lost.

U2’s 1980 debut album Boy was supposed to be helmed by Martin Hannett, but the legendary post-punk producer had to back out to grieve the suicide of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, whom he’d worked with extensively. Still, Bono and company pledged to carry on Curtis’ memory and wrote this song about the value of every human’s life.

The Commodores paid homage to Marvin Gaye with their 1985 ballad “Nightshift,” but for a Marvin Gaye tribute, it’s impossible to overlook Diana Ross’ poignant pop tribute. The emotional 1984 ode, written by Lionel Richie, perfectly captures the long friendship between Ross and Gaye, who got their start together at Motown Records in the early ‘60s. 

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, and this crew of hip-hop and R&B stars took to the studio immediately, emptying their grieving hearts into a collaborative ballad. Less than 24 hours after M.J.'s death, Diddy shared the song over Twitter, which featured the Game proclaiming, “We all Michael Jackson.”

Today, the Aloha Bears are hosting a potluck Memorial Day afternoon at Ft. DeRussy Beach Park. Bring a tasty treat and join in. Later (or earlier), spend some time at Bacchus and enjoy our Monday Margarita special- just $3.