Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Gatemouth RIP


Yesterday evening I heard that Gatemouth had died, afer posting an except about him in a DoubleQuote a day or two ago -- and that made me very sad. Not that I knew him, not that I knew his music, but because that brief news clip about the difficulties he was having at 81 with cancer and emphysema, finding refuge in the chaos, had touched me deeply: the artist weathering the storm, perhaps. And now here, two days after his "escape" -- it had caught up with him.

I found that extraordinarily moving, perhaps because he'd passed through the lens of my own workings.


Sources:

[DoubleQuotes] Blues
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown dies at 81, Seattle Times, September 12, 2005