Warren Zevon sleeps at age 56

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  1. Henry Gale

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    We knew this was coming, but it still hurts. I've spent a lot of time this past week with his new album, The Wind.
     
  2. Mike Broadman

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    So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
    I'll sleep when I'm dead
    Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

    I'm drinking heartbreak motor oil and Bombay gin
    I'll sleep when I'm dead
    Straight from the bottle, twisted again
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

    Well, I take this medicine as prescribed
    I'll sleep when I'm dead
    It don't matter if I get a little tired
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

    I've got a .38 special up on the shelf
    I'll sleep when I'm dead
    If I start acting stupid
    I'll shoot myself
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

    So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
    I'll sleep when I'm dead
    Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
    I'll sleep when I'm dead



    Sleep well, Warren
     
  3. Lee Scoggins

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    I am sad to hear of this. Lawyers, Guns & Money was one of my favorite songs. I may buy The Wind soon.

    Rest in Peace...
     
  4. John Watson

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    I hadn't heard, but take that it that "his race is run", his courage is Mr Good Example for me. [​IMG]
     
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    Jim took the words out of my mouth - we knew it was coming, but this one really hurts. I still vividly remember the first time I listened to "Excitable Boy" back in 1978. I had purchased the album largely on the strength of the rave review in "Rolling Stone", and from the opening Waddy Wachtel guitar lick on "Johnny Strikes Up The Band" through to the fadeout on "Lawyers, Guns & Money" I was completely mesmerized. I had never heard anything like it.

    I've been listening to "The Wind" steadily since it came out a couple of weeks ago, but I have to say my favorite Zevon song remains the first track I heard on that summer night 25 years ago:
     
  6. Danny Tse

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    I've dreaded this day even since his announcement of terminal cancer. RIP Mr. Zevon. Thank you for your music and your humor. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mark Turetsky

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  8. Grant B

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    I saw his photo on a USA today paper today and I didn't want to read it because I knew it wasn't good news.
    When I get off work I'll lift a strong one to you Warren. Hope heaven lives up to the advanced billings.
    g
     
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    Heard his version of 'Knockin on Heaven's Door' this afternoon. I hope they let him in [​IMG]
     
  10. Marty M

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    I wonder if David Letterman will rerun the great show he had a few months ago where Warren was the only guest. It was a real nice tribute to Warren Zevon.
     
  11. Chet_F

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    Very sad indeed [​IMG]

    I have changed my sig in honor of this great man and his music. Thanks for the music Warren!!!

    CF
     
  12. Iver

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    Warren, when you first came to prominence in the late 1970's, your clever, literate-yet-rocking tunes hit the stale air of the limp music scene like a hurricane ripping the door off a musty, long-shuttered closet.

    A pina colada at Trader Vic's indeed!

    And a dry spell for Roland the headless Thompson gunner!

    Peace be upon you, my friend, and thank you for shaking up this world.
     
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  14. Bob Turnbull

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    Letterman just did a nice 5 minute segment on Zevon (after he sat down at his desk). Very respectful and made me smile. He showed a short clip of Warren discussing enjoying every sandwich.

    He also mentioned that later in the show they would rerun one of the songs he did from his October appearance on the show.

    Thanks Warren.
     
  15. jim_arrows

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    So, for all the audiophile Zevon fans, what are his best (currently available) releases in terms of sonic quality? The only thing I have right now is "A Quiet, Normal Life" and would like to pick up more... Had "Sentimental Hygiene" on vinyl back in college, but never replaced it on cd. He'd be absolutely great in hi-res!

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  16. Henry Gale

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    BOSTON (AP) -- A restless gorilla broke out of its zoo enclosure Sunday injuring a 2-year-old and a teenager before it was sedated and recaptured almost two hours later, according to zoo officials.
     
  17. Mark_Waldrep

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    I had the chance to spend some time in my studio with Warren a few years ago. We were discussing the merits or failings of surround sound during some playbacks of AIX orchestral stuff. I was amazed at his musical insights and learned that he had studied with Robert Craft who was in turn Stravinsky's assistant. Warren was a thoroughly learned man who knew much more than I had expected from a "popular singer/songerwriter"...I knew after that first meeting that this was someone special. What a rare pleasure it was to spend some time with him. The musical world lost a really special man.

    BTW He challenged me to be even more aggressive with the panning/placement and dynamic movement of individual instruments within the orchestra or ensemble. I was worried about being too conservative and he wanted the clarinets sailing around the room!
     
  18. DanaA

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    The thing that always stuck me about Warren Zevon is that he always seemed to be the type of professor I really liked during my college days...truly interested in his students, challenging them to reach higher, but in an encouraging, not demanding, way. His intelligence, humanity, and wit were always quite evident. Your story illustrates that he was a breed apart from how we usually perceive musicians and, really, I'd bet that the same holds true for many of the musicians you work with who seem to be about integrity, rather than commercialism.
     
  19. John Watson

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    Jim, a guerilla musician, indeed

    Another story for the Z Files [​IMG]
     

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