It has the rise, peak and fall of same.
And if considered as a mountain – we are mountaineers.
The rise is represented by our struggle up that steep hill, forever waiting to hit the peak.
The fall means we realise the peak is now past and we are sliding – much FASTER than we did on the way UP – towards the Abyss.
But what OF that peak?
It is different for us all. This writer’s waveform resembles a tremolo: a long, hard rise – then a plateau, with its own series of peaks and troughs – and finally, that all-too-quick decay.
But for some, the peak is singular.
It may come early, with a long decay – like Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the Sixties, then spent the rest of his life trying to recapture his brief glory.
Or it may come late – like Sidney Greenstreet, who appeared on stage for forty years until entering movies at the age of sixty-two. From then on, he was a STAR – for EIGHT YEARS – and then died, just four years later.
Then there was Jimi Hendrix. Having not had much impact in The States, former Animals bassist Chas Chandler made him a star in England – then America – but then he died, back in England.
A short square-wave, with a LOT of attack.
Of course, David Bowie’s waveform resembles a tsunami…
There is probably an excellent piece to be written, here – but it is this author’s bed-time now.
So YOU write it!