We lost Kirk Douglas yesterday… no, wait, we didn’t lose him: we still have his movies, which will live on long after all of us are gone, and we did have him among us for more than a century. His body gave up on him, but his spirit and the joy his movies brought to us lives on.
A number of years ago, I had the pleasure of studying acoustic jazz guitar under Jim Ferguson, former associate editor of Guitar Player magazine, at the National Guitar Workshop. Not long after that, he released Cedar and Silk (2004), an album of songs he played on solo classical guitar. One of the tracks on that album is "Medley for Kirk," where he plays the theme songs from Spartacus (1960) and The Vikings (1958). I can’t think of a more fitting tribute.