20 March 2013
you can live a long time in such a little while
"he's a happy man - or is he? the smile says so, and so does the nice friendly way he talks. but don't be too quick to believe everything you see. the man's just not that simple. he's got a built-in sadness. it's a sadness he acquired by caring a lot about people, and about what happens to them. sounds pretty deep, doesn't it? well it is! it runs all the way to his center. he does a fair job of keeping it hidden until he opens his mouth to sing. it's all in the songs; even the love songs."
i found these sleevenotes written by ron peterson on the back of a tom t hall album that i picked up on saturday, and i thought they were nice. the record is amazing. then on sunday, jason molina died. it's unbelievably sad. i didn't really know him at all, he was a friend of a friend, but i spoke to him a few times on the phone when he called the record shop i was working in. he always seemed like a really sweet guy and if you picked up the phone he'd always keep you talking for ages, about music and what he liked and what you liked and all the things he was hoping to do with his own music. i guess in the last couple of years he kind of disappeared somewhere. it's really sad. he was such a great songwriter, and from the little i knew him, a genuinely lovely man. and now he's died. there is a great obituary written by everett true in the guardian today. all i know to write about him is that he wrote some of the most beautiful country rock songs i've ever heard and he talked a lot to people he didn't really know on the phone.
"the real truth about it is no one gets it right
the real truth about it is we're all supposed to try
there ain't no end to the sands i've been trying to cross
the real truth about it is my kind of life's no better off
if i've got the maps or if i'm lost"
- songs: ohia, farewell transmission