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Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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In other news, John Prine has passed away.

One of the best versions is with The Band and the Staples Singers, from "The Last Waltz" - which would be a good movie to watch at this time.

Wonderful Mike, Many thanks.

Thanks for the link to The Weight, Mike. I missed that video somehow.

Loved the version, thanks - made me feel good.

I grew up listening to John Prine and spent a large part of last night listening to his music. My condolences to his family and friends - sorry to see him go.

Yes, wonderful!

Thank you.

Man I was fully prepared not to like that. I wasn't expecting to tear up. Then again I find a lot of things quite emotional these days.

I was wondering if we would see Mavis Staples who does so amazingly well in The Last Waltz. She's on my short list of perfect human beings.

I never 100% got John Prine but never listened all that much. More recently though I have heard him speak and heard stories about him and realized that he's another on the short list of perfect humans.

If you ever want to hear an entertaining podcast that includes a poignant John Prine story I heartily recommend this:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-34-todd-snider/id568743610?i=1000377394704&l=es

Great! Thanks

That was lovely.

I saw The Band perform this at the 1969 Isle of Wight festival. They did a short set before Dylan sang, and I remember this song - I think I’d heard it once or twice before. I also recall that their performance was better than Dylan’s - or at least, that’s what I thought. He was very much into his Nashville Skyline period at the time, and we all wanted to hear Blond on Blond and Highway 61 stuff, of course. Some of which he did, but differently....

One thing - I always like the very sparse arrangement of the Band’s version; the spaces, almost. This version was good, but it hasn’t’t got that sparseness.

I went off of Facebook for Lent so I'm the last to know stuff these days. Sorry to hear this news, glad to hear the song. Stay safe, sane, and well, everybody. Sara on the Vineyard

Very cool....
Back in 1971, one night every week I would pick up Karen at work in Chicago and we'd grab dinner and head to the clubs in Old Town or Lincoln Park to listen to John Prime, Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc and others. Some nights the two of us would be half the audience, so we'd spend time talking with the performers.
We moved back East after less than a year in Chicago, and we really missed those long nights in the clubs.
Robert Hilburn of the LA Times posted his selection of 10 best Prime songs here:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-04-07/john-prine-ten-best-songs

BTW, If you can find it, be sure to see the recently-released movie "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band"

Available on Amazon Prime

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10334456/

It's great story from Robertson's point of view
Then if you have more time/interest, watch Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm from 2010.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1362518

also available on Amazon) Helm was the other creator of the Band's music.

Thank you for acknowledging John Prine's passing. His music was an acquired taste for me. When I was in college (early 1970's), I heard his songs being played by dormmates through the heating ducts, and I became a fan. He was a sensitive and insightful songwriter who still kept his sense of humor. His song, "Some Humans Ain't Human", is pertinent for these times.

Angel from Montgomery. Bonnie Raitt version, though Prine's is pretty good as well. Both on YouTube.

I guess he's back dueting with Steve Goodman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRnT2PFFHps

Thanks for that.

Thanks so much for posting this. The "internationality" of the performers is heart-warming.

That helped cheer up an otherwise sucky day. Thanks.

I have been gorging on Prine since he died. I had purchased the last album and found it so engaging, soothing and uplifting at the same time. Now I will be on a quest to purchase as much Prine vinyl as I can.

There is a wealth of moving videos of Prine, and I will add the house concert at House of Strombo at https://youtu.be/w5Rkm_dqm7A

In attendance were Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and other luminaries. This was just so wonderful. George also interviewed Prine, also on YouTube. If you need a good cry, these will do it. Plus you will laugh

PBS Austin City Limits has a very nice performance for all to see.

https://www.pbs.org/video/john-prine-8tbu28/

Mike, Thank you for the memory and heart tug with the music of MR. JOHN PRINE. Never realized how much I missed it.

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