I didn’t dig his music BUT I know he was a good man with a good heart and he was a national treasure.
You can’t write songs like those and not be a wonderful human. Damn.
Now I understand the devastation people felt when they lost their favorites - Bowie, Prince, Petty etc.
Our pal George wrote a great piece on John Prine:
Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell celebrating John Prine’s life:
RIP Hal Willner.
He had a great ear for music and excellent taste. Weird Nightmare the Mingus tribute among others were great.
A statement by the president of Ireland:
And a NYTimes opinion piece by Jason Isbell
Wow. I’d expect nothing less from Jason Isbell, that was awesome. ️
Im very sorry it took me so long…I had to go into the woods and let myself “just feel” this for a while.
You left on a gorgeous moon.
There are sometimes people in this life that you meet, seldom and few and far between it would seem, whose souls are so good and pure and beautiful that when they leave it seems if only for a brief while that everything else good and pure and beautiful in this world just left along with them. It blows you apart leaving everyone to see you broken. But then you come out of the woods and the funk to see the signs of Spring all around you and remember the joy and love they put into the world by always giving so much of themselves and you suddenly see them everywhere.
There is so much I never said only because I didn’t want to bother you with it. After all you never asked to be “John Prine”. There is so much I’ll never get to say now. You reminded me so much of my Grandfather it hurt sometimes. I never told you that.
I will miss the tours…I will miss our lunches…I will miss you listening to me bitch and complain about all the things you understood all too well and making me feel better sometimes by just sitting there saying nothing.
I will miss catching flies in mid-air with my hand just to make you laugh…I will miss showing up to the office and knowing Id just missed you there by finding my drums upside down…I will miss your corny ass jokes.
I will miss you. Every day.
So long old man.
You will always be loved.
I had no idea who John Prine was, but the UK isn’t really big on country music, not these days at least. However, I love Sam Stone, which Evan Dando covered some years ago on his Griffith Sunset EP, so I’ll definitely have to check his stuff out…
You could also check out Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, a tribute album that has a lot of great people on it, including Josh Ritter and Justin Townes Earle.
Thanks for the tip, I’ll check it out
So far I’ve seen Dolly and Bonnie in quarantine looking like they always do. The old school girls know how to do their own hair and makeup.