Ken loved music; he was very eclectic, and very critical of some of the artists he admired the most. I think in a good way, just as he was critical of other things in life, some of the things he liked and loved the most, because his hope was that everything that is good could get better. Madonna is one of the artists where this reflected the most, it was a love-hate relationship, on one hand, some of his favorite songs and albums are by Madonna, and the very first album he bought was Erotica, when he was 11, on other, he was very critical of her. He liked mostly her late 1990’s and 1990’s stuff, I remember when she moved to Lisbon we jokingly said that we should go to scavenge her trash and sell it on EBay. He thought poorly of her latest work, and, there was never a single time I heard him stating something positive about Madonna as a person. Another artist he preferred the older songs was Cher, specially the 1960’s Sonny and Cher stuff and 1970’s and 1980’s. He did liked Cher as personality unlike Madonna. One of my favorite songs is Gypsys Tramps & Thieves and one of my most precious memories is when we would spin the Cher record he brought to our collection and dance and sing along to that song together, while Ken added funny side comments to the lyrics she was singing. Being a Southern man, country music also played a big role in Ken’s life, he wasn’t a strong country fan but he did enjoyed some artists, being the one he loved the most Dolly Parton. It was Ken who told me the story behind the song I Will Always Love You, one of his favorites, and a couple of times I caught him around the house singing “Jolene, Jolene…” When it comes to David Bowie, it was special. Bowie was the artist that we shared together in love and admiration, his favorite Bowie songs were mostly from the 1970’s but he did liked the last album Blackstar a lot. Bowie was a constant presence in our life together, the song we chose as ours was Drive In Saturday that we “renamed” to “Bunny Song”. On the morning David Bowie died, I woke up with A Space Oddity in the background, and as I got up and walk to the living room, I see Ken is playing the record on the turntable and lining up our Bowie albums for a photo and he then tells me the shocking news. Together we collected his albums and singles, the very last record Ken bought to himself was a limited colored vinyl edition of Aladdin Sane. The 1960’s melodic bands like The Hollies always pleased Ken, he loved the catchy songs, and Bus Stop was one of his top favorites. Every time I listen to it I stop to think about him enjoying it. Once I wanted to buy him The Hollies Greatest Hits, but, because we already had one he asked me not to, the difference was the one we had didn’t included Bus Stop, and the one I wanted to get for him did, he thought it was not a motive to spend money on the album, despite being a cheap record. He used to tell me how he had grown up listening to the oldies radio station and Time of the Season by The Zombies played frequently. He increasingly started to like other songs by The Zombies, and that started partially because The Zombies had one of his favorite album covers, Odyssey and Oracle, which he hoped to get one day but we never got lucky in finding an affordable copy. Ken had great insight and instinct, he knew somehow how to decode if an artist or an album was good based on the cover art, he was always right. Once he bought an album from an obscure 1970’s progressive rock band called Sweet Smoke because of the cover, and the music was indeed great. Another 1960’s band he liked was The Beatles, but not all things by them. John Lennon was his favorite Beatle; I think from a personality point of view because they both shared a smart wit and humor, however, Paul’s songs were his favorite ones. Once, while listening to The Beatles, I asked him which song he liked best Strawberry Fields Forever or Penny Lane, and his answer was Penny Lane, which a Paul’s song. He preferred the “happy” Beatles songs to the heavier or deep stuff, songs like Drive My Car or Obla-Di-Obla-Da, but also melodic ones like Here, There and Everywhere. He never really was a Hard Rock or Heavy Metal fan, but he did liked Ozzy Osbourne, I think he appreciated how daring he could be as an artist and his public persona. His favorite Ozzy song was Crazy Train, we got the chance to attend Ozzy’s concert together and listen to it live. I remember looking at Ken swinging his head with a smile on his face listening to Ozzy singing it at the concert. Sometimes he would sing Mr. Crowley around the house changing it to Mr. Bunny. In addition, from playing an Ozzy record he could play next one of Billie Holiday. Ken always loved tragic divas, women that were lost and caught in their success and were unable to cope with it, he had a fascination and even compassion towards those women, being in music, art or cinema. I first learned Strange Fruit was one of his favorite songs when on my birthday, we were browsing through records in a store and I see a couple that we could add to the collection. Ken offered to give me those as a birthday present, but in return I also bought him a present, so I asked him to pick a record he would like, and he sees a Billie Holiday one that has a painting-like cover of the singer. He then tells me he is taking that one after checking what songs were there. The record was Commodore Days. We then talked about Billie Holiday and that is when I learned Strange Fruit was one of his very favorite songs, overall he loved Billie Holiday for her voice but also for the pain that same voice transmitted, the tragic diva. And another tragic diva he liked was Amy Winehouse, he thought of her as sad story in music, they were the same age, and he first started to listen to her when she released Back to Black, I could understand why he loved her, she also transmitted that tragic diva light that Ken felt so attracted to. One day Ken asks me “Hey, what’s that song you were listening the other day that the guy says he could be in love with everyone?” I thought for a minute and it comes to me, Alone Again Or by Love. From there Love became one of his favorite bands. One Christmas he offered me one of their albums, with a beautiful cover that attracted him, oddly, just a couple weeks before that, I had bought him a postcard that said love in capital psychedelic letters, and he laughed when I surprised him with it, telling me I would understand on Christmas Eve. As an actor and singer, Bette Midler was one of his favorites; she stars in his favorite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus where she sings her version of I’ve Put a Spell on You, that he absolutely loved. Ken also liked The Who, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Iggy Pop, Nina Simone, Katy Perry and Grace Jones.