To Us, Patrick Swayze Was ‘Like The Wind’

A friend said the other day--with a straight face--that Patrick Swayze's death hit them almost as hard as Michael Jackson's did. At first, I gave them the Side-Eye Supreme, but after letting it marinate for a minute, I understood. Truth: Patrick Swayze was by no means as big a cultural icon as MJ. However, just like the King of Pop, he was a huge part of our lives during our formative years. That's when he starred in most of his films, including guilty pleasures (for me, anyway) like Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Next of Kin and Road House. He was always there, even when he wasn't, like with his Oscar-nominated role as Demi Moore's dead husband in Ghost. In fact, the man made so much of an impact with that film, his last name became Hip-Hop slang. When people said they were "Swayze," it meant they were "ghost," or leaving. Gone. See? Huge! He was a true triple threat, with his acting chops complemented by his dancing prowess...and his singing ability. What, you didn't know? Check the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, where he contributed the '80s-centric, schmaltzy ballad "She's Like The Wind." The video is below. Believe me, it's OK to miss Patrick Swayze more than you thought you would. He was a part of our lives. Just like the wind. May he rest in peace.


6 Responses

  1. Like Michael, I get a lump in my throat, thinking of Patrick's demise. He was a TREMENDOUS figure, but above all else, he (positively)impacted our lives, through his ART. His legacy (like Michael's) will forever live on, and refresh our hearts, just like the wind.

  2. There are some people on this earth that just have this gift of touching you with their talent.
    I was surprised by my feelings for Patrick Swayze when he died but then I remembered how much I loved his music, his movies and how inspired I was watching him dance (my favourite of the three).
    It's those that entertain us from the sole and not just for the money that have a lasting impression and he's one of those.
    Very humble and will be missed.

  3. DAMN!!!!
    not sole but SOUL!!!!

  4. When this track was out and the accompanying movie Dirty Dancing I was just shy of 3 years old. So, its not in my storage of childhood memories as it maybe to some. I became introduced to this song actually recently through the remake that Lumidee (yes, i said Lumidee) and Tony Sunshine did...Youtube it if you haven't heard of it....
    That right there shows the influence of the movie and of Patrick's career.....
    RIP Mr Swayze.

  5. I was sad about Patrick Swayze's death but didn't realize how much it affected me until I saw I seen from Ghost shown on tv last night. When he's glowing and saying bye to Molly. I was in tears and had to change it. May he rest in peace.

  6. The day I heard that Patrick had cancer, I was really sad because I remember thinking that he wasn't going to survive it. I don't know what it was, but I had that feeling. I then began to think about all of his movies that I really enjoyed, especially Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and To Wong Foo. To me, he as always been one of the people who seemed to be genuinely a good person. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. The good sure do die young. 🙁


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