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Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Remembering a Legend While Another Year Passes

Today not only marks the end of another year—a very good year, btw, for this blogger in all respects except money (thank God money’s not one of my major priorities)—it’s also the 50th anniversary of the untimely, premature death of a king among music legends—Hank Williams. His songs are an indelible part of our musical history (attention Mike Golby: if you haven’t used Williams among your ubiquitous quotations of popular lyrics, you should seriously consider it).

If you’re not familiar with this songwriting genius, or if you’re too young to remember him, or if you simply dismiss country music out of hand, I recommend giving a listen to a modern-day CD—“Timeless”--in which contemporary artists record their versions of selections from the Williams songbook. Some of the people giving Hank a whirl in this beautiful collection are Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, Lucinda Williams, and others.

It’s spinning in my player as I write. Maybe it will be in yours as well. A good way to remember Hank.

I hope your 2003 is as good as—or better!--than my 2002. (Note: one reason for the excellence of this past year was my discovery of blogging and all you terrific bloggers out there. Thanks so much for your contribution!)

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