I was painfully surprised when I experienced an adrenaline sourced, pounding ache, when Adam Yauch died. It feels as thought he died moons ago, when in fact, it has only been one. Adam Nathaniel Yauch aka MCA, was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. Yauch passed at age 47 on May 4th 2012, after a three year battle with salivary gland cancer.
How strange it is that we mourn for people for the gifts they gave us. A selfish grief that I feel slightly guilty for; but ultimately any death we mourn derives from some brand of selfishness. We miss those who made us feel a certain way.
It is painful to listen to the music he made with the other two Beasties. His gruff voice added a tone of flashy wisdom to the group. Death often feels unfair, and Yauch's passing is no exception.
August 5, 1964-May 4, 2012
Yesterday, May 3rd, the Brooklyn Heights' Palmetto Playground was renamed the Adam Yaugh Playground. The ceremony took place on the day before the one year anniversary of MCA's death: which as of last year, is also known MCA Day. The celebration was created by Beastie fan, Mike Kearney. As a gal from San Pedro, CA, it was impossible for me to head out to Brooklyn for the event; but truth be told, I'm not sure if I could stomach it -- regardless, I am glad that the day exists. Visit the MCA Day website, here.
Below is a shot from the 1st MCA Day, featuring Mike Kearney and Adam Horowitz aka Adrock.
Mike Diamond aka Mike D, was at the event, however, seemingly behind the scenes.
Below is some footage from the May 3rd, 2013 renaming ceremony.
Adam Horovitz aka Adrock Speaks at Ceremony -- May 3rd, 2013
Below is the full text of Adam Horovitz's remarks:
"Seeing Marty Markowitz rap – it was great, but not as great as
Adam's parents rapping at Adam and Dechen's wedding. If you were at the
wedding, you know that was pretty great.
"I want to
thank first the fine people for everything today, everybody from the
Parks Department, Adrian Benepe, John Silva, Frances Yauch, Steve
Martin; but most of all I want to thank my sister Rachel. She really
made this happen, and now she's gonna make me cry.
fitting that we're here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch
because like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children. I was
trying to think of what to say today, and I was thinking what it means
to be a New York kid: People come to New York to be themselves, to
express themselves and to be who they want to be. And although Adam's
mom Frances is a New York kid herself, his father Noel came to New York
to be himself. And together they raised a New York kid, Adam Yauch, and
Noel and Frances raised him right. They taught Adam to be curious,
thoughtful, kind and just enough crazy – that craziness that is New
York. That New York frenetic energy: It's musical, artful and always
moving forward. And that's not only Brooklyn, that's Adam Yauch. And
Adam and his wife Dechen raised a daughter Losel, a New York kid that's
equally talented, curious and utterly awesome.
"In life you don't really get to chose your family, your siblings
– you get what you're given. I got lucky cause I got two great sisters
and two great brothers, but I got extra lucky because around 1982, I got
the chance to choose two other brothers: Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch.
And together our families have grown. I'd like to thank the New York
Parks Department and the people of Brooklyn for honoring my friend and
brother, and recognizing how cool it is to have an Adam Yauch park for
other crazy New York kids."
Adam Yauch's Mother, Frances Yauch, Speaks - May 3rd, 2013
Marty Markowitz Raps at Adam Yauch's Park Dedication - May 3rd, 2013
Below are photos from MCA Day -- May 4th, 2013
Adrian Benepe, Noel Yauch, Frances Yauch, Adam Horovitz, Rachael
Horovitz and Marty Markowitz attend the renaming of Palmetto Playground
as Adam Yauch Park on May 3rd, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York.
Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images
The three has become two. At this time it is unknown if Adrock and Mike D. will continue on. In former interviews the two have not ruled it out. I'm in no rush to hear new music.
MCA was a husband, a father, and son. We only know only a snippet of his greatness.
Miss you MCA.
Visit the official Beastie Boys website, here.