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Morphine’s lead singer Mark Sandman would have been 58 years old today, September 24, 2010, and though he is deceased, I’d like to wish him a very happy birthday. Morphine’s music, described as “low rock,” is perfection to me. Each song is short and sweet, has great ironic lyrics and features Mark Sandman’s signature baritone vocals. I was supposed to see Morphine in concert for the first time on July 25, 1999 but it wasn’t to be. Mark Sandman collapsed and died on stage on July 3, 1999 (and while performing my favorite song “Super Sex.”) I was devastated. Though he’s gone, his music lives on more than ever with me. On a trip to Iceland a few years ago, my friend and I navigated some very scary terrain with just us and Mark’s sultry vocals blasting through the speakers, ensuring our safe journey. We never would have made it without his music. Mark, wherever you are – hope your day is great. I miss you terribly.