In my virtual meanderings, I spotted this meme on Poetikat’s site.
I enjoyed what she did with it and filed it away as a form that could be fun to play with.
So tonight, as a tribute to John Prine, on his 63rd birthday, I offer a potpourri of songs, sorted through the filter of My Life According to John Prine:
1. Are you a male or female? - Donald and Lydia
2. Describe yourself: - Illegal Smile
3. How do you feel? – We Could
4. Describe where you currently live: - Other Side of Town
5. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? – Lake Marie
6.Your favorite form of transportation: - Morning Train
7. Your best friend is: - Far from me
8.Your favorite color is: - Blue Umbrella
9. What's the weather like? - Humidity Built the Snowman
10. Favorite time of day: - A Crooked Piece of Time
11. If your life was a TV show, what would it be called? – Linda Goes to Mars
12. What is life to you? – In Spite of Ourselves
13 Your relationships: - I Know One
14. Your fear: - being Pretty Good
15. What is the best advice you have to give? – Fish and Whistle
16. If you could change your name, you would change it to: -- ‘Til a Tear Becomes a Rose
17. Thought for the day: - Let’s Invite Them Over
18. How I would like to die: - Killing the Blues
19. My soul's present condition: - Often is a Word I Seldom Use
20. My motto: - All the Best
John Prine was born in Maywood, Illinois 63 years ago today. He worked at the post office in his hometown. On the side, he began playing in coffee shops in the evenings. One day, the film critic Roget Ebert went to see a movie that he didn't like very much. He left the theater early and headed down the street to get a beer instead. He happened to go to the bar where Prine was filling in with background music. And so instead of writing a movie review that week, Ebert wrote a review called "Singing Mailman Delivers the Message,". Suddenly John Prine had a full house every time he played. This is where it all started.
John Prine’s star shone brightly as he began to expose his gift to the world.
His songs are about the things that each day holds and gives up. He writes in effortless verse that brims with wit, observation and unabashed love.
They made love in the mountains, they made love in the streams,
They made love in the valleys, they made love in their dreams.
But when they were finished there was nothing to say,
'Cause mostly they made love from ten miles away.
from Donald and Lydia
And the gold rolled through his veins
Like a thousand railroad trains,
And eased his mind in the hours that he chose,
While the kids ran around wearin' other peoples' clothes...
from Sam Stone
When John Prine sings about love lost, your heart breaks alongside his. In listening to Sam Stone’s story, you cannot help but realize that wars do not end on the battlefield.
Simply put, John Prine can make you feel as though you’ve lived a whole lifetime in 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Please feel free to post your own My Life According to (fill in your favorite songwriter) and please let us know where we can find your impressions.
Here are the guidelines:
1) Answer the questions as well as you can, but using only song names from one artist.
2) Try not to repeat a song title.
I hope this inspires you to share some of your favorite songs. And wherever you may be, I hope this finds you well and with music in your heart.