I opened my email box this morning to find a bunch of messages from old music cohorts on Chilton's passing. Sad indeed. While heartening to know that his music will continue to influence songwriters today and tomorrow, his loss always brings pause for a big "what if". What if Big Star achieved the commercial success commensurate with the quality of their music? Could have been the cure for the music morass of the 70's, raising the bar for mainstream music from the 80's onward. At least he was able to see his influence on other musicians during his lifetime, and hopefully found some satisfaction in that.