This One’s for John

My heart hurts today.

When I try to think of something to say about the passing of John Prine, I’m honestly lost for words.  Which is funny, because he certainly never was.  I don’t think we can overstate the importance of his music to the story of American songwriting.  I don’t think there will ever be another one quite like him.  I don’t think the world will ever be the same, now that he’s not in it.

If music comes to us when we need it most, then I’ve needed John Prine my whole life.  His songs have stayed with me since I first heard them, when I was too young to really understand them.  Now I’m in my thirties, and I still listen to them, sing them, think about them, every single day.

And when my dad and I play, we always play some Prine.

So, this one’s for John.  Thank you for everything.  I hope you’re exactly where you wanted to be.

2 thoughts on “This One’s for John

  1. This is the second post I’ve seen about JP and I must confess I hadn’t a clue who is was. But thankfully google came to the rescue, and yes, I can understand the sentiment. Music with a message, and a soul, can’t ask for more.


    • Absolutely. He was meant to be playing in Virginia this summer, and I was looking forward to seeing him again. His shows were really intimate, no matter how large the audience. Music like his makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger. So glad you know about him now! Even if the circumstances are terrible.


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