“I wouldn’t want to create something [in the studio] that I can’t recreate in front of a live audience. […] the song is the boss.” — John Prine.
“I guess I always loved to write, but I never had anything to really encourage it. I never thought I could be a journalist or novelist or anything, I just had a wild imagination and songwriting gave me enough rope to run with it.”
Maybe you discovered this song through Bonnie Raitt’s version. Or maybe you heard John Prine sing it first.
Either way, it’s a great song, and this video shows Prine explaining where that song comes from.
Iris Dement is a true treasure. She writes beautiful songs, has a unique and extremely evocative voice and is a great duet partner as exemplified by her work with John Prine, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Emmylou Harris, etc…
This song, Our Town, is plaintive and sad, yet tells a story through the eyes of a person struck wit loss and an overall belief that all good things come to an end.
In this video, we are also treated to the fine dobro playing of Jerry Douglas, maybe the best exponent of that instrument of all times.
The Song Masterpiece of the day today is Hello in There by the great John Prine. It’s my personal favorite song of his, and there is some stiff competition!
Please buy John Prine’s CDs, go see him live, and talk to others about his criminally under-known songwriter.