Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Watching David Letterman’s shows for over 30 years was not just an education in humor but an introduction to a lot of different people and music, too. One of his favorite guests was singer & songwriter Warren Zevon, born January 24, 1947 in IL. I saw him for the first time on Letterman’s NBC show but I had been listening to his music for years before that appearance.
Zevon’s most well known song, “Werewolves Of London” was a staple of FM radio in the 1970’s as were covers of his songs by Linda Ronstadt including “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and today’s pick. Zevon included it on his 1976 self titled album which was produced by his friend Jackson Browne. It is a heartbreaking song about a man realizing he is losing the woman he loves not to another man but just because her feelings for him simply faded away. The beautiful harmony vocals are by Phil Everly, who met Zevon when he joined The Everly Brothers touring band in the 1970’s.
“She’s so many women
He can’t find the one who was his friend
So he’s hanging on to half her heart
He can’t have the restless part”.
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Warren Zevon: “Hasten Down The Wind” (1976, written by Warren Zevon).
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One of the most poignant shows I’ve ever seen is the show where Letterman had Zevon as his only guest. It was in October of 2002 less than a year before he died. Truly a wonderful moment though awfully sad too! His last album “The Wind” is a favourite as is the release by his son featuring his friends doing his songs “Enjoy every Sandwich!” He was a gifted artist.
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I remember that show very well. And you are right-It was both beautiful & sad. VH-1 did a whole documentary about Zevon making his last album called “Inside Out”, also beautiful & sad. You can find it on YouTube if you never saw it. It was another wonderful moment for a truly incredible artist.