The sad news of Solomon Burke’s passing today brings me back to my introduction to his music. Just a few months out of college, I bought Don’t Give Up on Me on whim while browsing at Atomic Records. I can remember listening to it night after night as the realization that college had ended and that somehow, at 22 years old, I was growing up. Burke’s croon became my soundtrack to now blurry nights in a rented cabin in Wisconsin Dells as I toiled away at a summer job before eventually moving to Madison. I urge you to seek out the album and listen as he breathes new life to the works of Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Nick Lowe.