Continuing my daily isolation ritual of not getting out of bed until after 10…
“I know what you mean about making good use of your time. I felt like I was doing that to start with, but some of the urgency I was feeling has subsided and it feels like I’ve been sucked into the monotony of it all. It’s a lot easier to waste time now for some reason. I feel bored and restless, but don’t seem to have the energy or will to do anything about it. Cabin fever has set in. The novelty has worn off.”
There’s a video out there where Bill Murray is talking about how he was a real bummer to be around at one point in his life. Real down. Depressed. Of course, he was hanging around Hunter S Thompson at the time and Hunter suggested to Bill that he rely on John Prine for his sense of humour. So, Bill decides to go down the rabbit hole, and by about the 20th song he gets to “Linda Goes To Mars”.
“I heard that song, and I went ‘humph’. And that was the beginning of the return. It just happened, and that was a great day”.
In 2008/9 John Prine’s songs were the beginning of a return for me. John was the beginning of a return for a lot of us. He’s the only person of whom I can say that I would not be who I am if he hadn’t of been around.
I’m so sad.
I’m so happy we had him.
There’s a video that I’ve watched a lot through the years. Austin City Limits, 2005. My definitive JP experience.
It’s funny because he played the whole new album Fair & Square and only does 2 of the hits (Flag Decal to open, and Angel From Montgomery to close) but it is total classic John Prine.
I don’t know how, but I managed to find an unedited version. Complete with jokes, banter, false starts, and fuckups. That was the part of it that told me I could do this too. I’ll say it again, and I’ll never stop saying it – thank you so much John, so much. You changed my life.