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.