…. music ranks among the very highest forms of art, communication, and storytelling for me…. I love it in just about any form actually, just as long as the lyrics are interesting and engaging…… in all honesty, I think that is the main aspect that draws me to so many of Tom Waits’ wild songs… his use of language and metaphor is unique and amazing…..

… on the night that I first met Acidman, he played and sang songs while the rest of us drank, listened, and lit’em up in that “non-smoking” cabin…. It was an incredible night – the first ever Jawja Blogmeet.. and, of course, it was hosted by Rob Smith… hell, he was the reason that we all showed up…. we had to meet this enigmatic man who we’d visited with daily via his blog….

… one song that he played & sang that night was a John Prine song that I have now come to love…. When Rob died last year, I put up a copy of the song as a tribute to him… I did that for a couple of reasons… mainly, I’d heard him sing it before and knew that he was a huge Prine fan…. Secondly, the song’s lyrics reminded me so much of Acidman….. but once I arrived at his Mother’s house in Savannah for the wake, I never dreamt that I would be hearing it again that night… played by Rob’s brother, Dave, as a tribute himself….

… I was sitting out back by the pool with the rest of the bloggers who had showed up…. Denny and a few other bloggers were wandering around inside the house or listening/performing with the huge group of musicians who were playing…. And then I heard the first notes of that familiar song, “Souvenirs” … I rushed through as quickly as I could and started videoing it….

…. The file had been sitting on my hard drive for a year, and I honestly didn’t know what to do with it….. but after emailing Dave, he suggested that I put it up for everyone to see & hear….. so, that is what I will do….

…. A funny thing about the song, though, is something that I found out while listening to an old Prine interview from the 1980s….that song – one of his favorites as well as a favorite of many of his fans – was written in 20 minutes while stuck in traffic on I-285 outside Atlanta…. I was floored when I heard him say that….. I mean, he wrote that song in 20 minutes to take his mind off of a trafficjam…. Pure genius, people… that’s what that is….

Broken hearts and dirty windows make life difficult to see.
That’s why last night and this morning always look the same to me

John Prine, “Souvenirs” …. written while stuck in traffic….

… anyway, here is the video as promised…..

… y’all enjoy your evening…..

by Eric on June 29, 2007 | Bullshit (9) | TrackBack (0) | Music
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How cool is that? I remember y'all posting about everyone sitting around, but I never thought it was of that magnitude. I only met Rob briefly that one time, but I suspect he'd have enjoyed the hell out of that, just from what little I knew.

Bullshitted by Bou on June 29, 2007 08:48 PM

Infuckincredible! Thanks so much for sharing that. My mind wanders back to Rob now and then and I usually just smile and say, "Got damn".

Bullshitted by Winston on June 29, 2007 08:56 PM

glad you have a souviner

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on June 30, 2007 12:43 AM

I have been inwardly willing for you to post that for almost a year. First [and prior to this viewing, only] time I saw it, I was half in the bag on the Green Fairy and it put a big time lump in my throat after a night of steady laughter. Rob was gone maybe a little more than a month at the time.

It's probably hard for you to relate in the same way, given that you were friends with him, but Rob posthumously became somewhat of a mystical creature to those of us who never had the pleasure of clinking glasses with him in the flesh.

I love that video.

Bullshitted by Erica on June 30, 2007 10:27 AM

I am a tourist linking from GOC.

A very good video and a very good tribute. Raise a glass and enjoy the memory.

Bullshitted by another government employee on June 30, 2007 10:49 AM

Thing of beauty, this.

Bullshitted by Harvey on June 30, 2007 12:34 PM

I am so glad you found this. Thanks.

Bullshitted by caltechgirl on June 30, 2007 05:16 PM

Posted it on my site and linked to you.

Bullshitted by Denny on July 1, 2007 08:41 PM

Thanks for posting this, Eric. I'm sorry I never met Rob. His was one of the first blogs i ever started reading.

Bullshitted by Lolly on July 10, 2007 10:17 AM