Gone, But Not Out
When grappling with death, loved ones often fear they'll forget the one they've lost. Cory Monteith fans are fortunate enough to have been given one more reminder of his heartfelt talents after his tragic, early departure from this world.
Who was Cory Monteith outside of Glee?
Cory Monteith was Lea Michele's boyfriend. Cory Monteith was a Canadian. Arguably, Cory Monteith was a success story admidst his troubled past. He starred in shows and movies until he experienced that exponential success with the hit TV show, but he also found time to be a part of a rock band named Bonnie Dune.
Justin Wilczynski and Jason Massey formed the band and through a seemingly instantaneous connection between Monteith and Wilcznyski on MTV's Kaya, he became the third member. After the addition of lead guitarist Seth Roberts and bassist Joshua Kerr, the band would soon believe they were complete.
After the shocking death of Monteith, who was the catalyst that breathed new life into the band, the now threesome emerged with comforting news to fans of both the band and the actor.
Though the album was unfinished, Bonnie Dune released the six songs they were able to complete. Miramar was to have 10 tracks, but the precious work they had done in conjunction with the late actor was felt best preserved as it was.
The most troubling of thoughts was when the band's members figured they could afford to take a brief hiatus from composing because of Monteith's obvious stresses and return another day to collaborate. Sadly, this goes to show you sometimes you never get another chance.
"Maybe Tonight" is one of the few songs Monteith got to hear in its completion. To think, the late and great actor/singer extraordinaire never got to hear his masterpiece and essentially part of his legacy.
While I'm less inclined to dub their work rock, I do consider it more on the alternative-indie spectrum with a mellow happiness infused along with their carefree California attitudes.
The lyrics grow particularly haunting when the band sings, "Maybe tonight I won't be alone," and give listeners a humbling look into both the way Cory Monteith lived and thrived, and regrettably, how he died.
Hear the work from our beloved Cory here.
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