You'll probably just laugh at this, but I spent a whole afternoon yesterday listening to Daniel Johnston songs.
O.K. I knew who he was -- vaguely. But I was really liking Beck's version of True Love Will Find in the End, so I went to YouTube.
But once I started really listening, I was Gobsmacked.
I loved them all. Every song. Just kept listening and listening.
At first, I wondered how they would sound with professional backup. Maybe cover versions.
Because-- I thought -- he isn't the greatest singer or musician in the world.
Except it turns out he is -- none of the covers are as good as his original songs.
This is one of those cases where I can actually understand why others don't care for him -- without being defensive. And where I could be accused of just being another hipster who likes him as a pity party. But I actually thought his music was pretty interesting. No doubt, though, it's an acquired taste.
I'm also kind of glad I discovered his music without having seen the movie. "The Devil and Daniel Johnston." (Damn Netflix streaming once again doesn't have a movie I'm looking for....)
There is a danger of romanticizing depression and craziness, and having had a major depression episode earlier in my life I know it ain't romantic in any way. But there is something about someone just -- as he says in his song -- living his "broken dreams."
So ........ I know I'm not the first or the last to find this guy, but just marking the moment.
God (nature) bestows it's gifts in mysterious ways.
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