January 1 marks the beginning of a new year. New beginnings. New chances. Resolutions soon to be broken. New budgets. New calendars. Generally lots of optimism.
NYD can also be a time of reflection. Of what was. Of what could have been. Two musical geniuses breathed their last on NYD. Hank Williams (d. 1953-01-01) and Townes Van Zandt (d. 1997-01-01). And, Eddy Shaver - guitar slinging son of Billy Joe Shaver - passed away from a heroin overdose on 2000-12-31.
Steve Earle wrote his song Ft. Worth Blues as a tribute to Townes.
Todd Snider wrote the soul-tugging Waco Moon as his tribute to Eddy, who played guitar in Todd's band for a while.
In re-reading some of the initial entries I've already posted, I realized I've written a good bit about deaths and even drugs; however, I don't plan to continually dwell on those subjects as we head into this new year. Just happens that way sometimes. But let's face it. The deaths of these 3 gifted individuals does has something in common - booze and dope. Even Fred Eaglesmith knows that ...