It’s been exactly one year since Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries passing, 1-15-2018 and I still feel pain in my heart when I remember her. I can’t listen to her music because it just hurts too much. It depresses me.
I wish things could have been different. I wish for her family, friends, and fans that she was still here. That is selfish of me.
I was absolutely devastated at the passing of one of my biggest inspirations I was obsessed with all things Irish starting in my teens and when I got a job and starting driving, The Cranberries was all I listened to. Over and over. The No Need to Argue, and Everyone else Is Doing it albums were the soundtrack to my teen years. I was inspired by Dolores’s voice, talent, and style on a deep level. She inspired my first purchase of a pair of combat boots in the late 90’s from Payless and wore them everyday until they broke. I named my pet mouse Dolores after her. But out of all of the beautiful music that they made, I have to say “Dying in the Sun” from Bury the Hatchet 1999 album, is the one that will rip your soul out of the core of your being. I have only been able to listen to it 3 times in my life because it is just too emotional to me. I read once that she recorded that song in one take. I dare you to listen to it now and not shed a tear.
She spoke often of her pain, sexual abuse as a child, physical pain, mental illness. I’m sorry that she had to leave us so soon, but I hope she is at peace. Her voice was truly one of a kind and will forever linger on.
Linger – The Cranberries
RIP Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan
9-6-1971 – 1-15-2018