Remembering Eddie Van Halen

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I was saddened to hear of the death of Eddie Van Halen on October 6th, 2020. Van Halen’s passing shook me because his work was a big influence on what my pop-cultural tastes would become. To honor Eddie’s memory, I would now like to talk about some of my favorite pieces of music involving his talents. Whether as a songwriter or a musician, Eddie Van Halen’s work will live on.
My first exposure to Eddie Van Halen’s work came when I saw the movie Spaceballs. The song “Good Enough”, which opened the first Sammy Hagar-era album, 5150, was heard in the diner scene near the end of the movie. I think the song captured the mood of what many diners are like. Whether it’s the food or the atmosphere, it may not necessarily be the best, but it is “good enough”.

The next time I heard Van Halen’s work came when I saw the video for “Right Now” on VH1 in the mid-90s. Coming from the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, released in August of 1991, it was something of a final light of...

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