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MACEO PARKER: funky saxophone soloist with the band of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul 
Pan, " who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved. "
 
BUDDY HOLLY: pioneering rock 'n' roll legend who tragically died in a charter plane crash in 1959, at the age of 22
Phaeton, "who rode upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt. "
 
JONI MITCHELL: innovative singer songwriter who mourned the loss of her daughter, but found her lyrical voice
Niobe, "who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain."
 
JIM MORRISON:  lead vocalist for The Doors rock band whose hedonistic lifestyle lead to his early death at age 27
Bacchus, "at whose feasts is heard the noise of gaggling women's tattling tongues and shouting out of boys."
 
PRINCE:  flamboyant and androgynous singer-guitarist who could not resist gazing at himself when passing by a mirror
Narcissus, "who fell in love with his own image and became a flower."
 
ARETHA FRANKIN:  the "Queen of Soul" with a three-octave voice that soared above the heavens
Arethusa, "who — flying from the love of Alpheus, the river god—was turned into a fountain."

Six Riffs after Ovid

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Titus Underwood