Thursday, February 17, 2011

Your Weekly Dose of Awesome

Cross-posted at Coventry.

Listen up and I'll tell a story, about a blogger growing old . . .

So H-Double was posting the other day about Daniel Johnston . . .

Let me back up. H-Double was posting the other day. Can we all agree that this alone is worthy of a weekly dose of awesome? (H-Double is one of the original poker bloggers, and his blog went dark before I even got started, but I read him for years before I started writing here, and I'd have to say that his posts were a partial influence when I decided to do this little project in the first place. Anyway, if you never have, go check him out, including his archives -- he's one of the old school greats, and he walks among us again.)

But I was talking about Daniel Johnston, the disturbed young man/songwriting genius who has spent his life on the fringe of the music scene, inspiring some, pitied by others. He was the subject of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

I'll be the first to admit that Johnston probably isn't going to hit everybody the same. Technically he can be amateurish, even childish. His voice is a sort of adenoidal quaver. But he has something about him, something true and utterly compelling

Here's my favorite Johnston tune, simultaneously one of the most uplifting and saddest, one of the simplest and most complex songs I know of.

2 comments:

hdouble said...

You are far too kind Senor Goat. I'm honored to be a small inspiration, and to make the weekly dose of awesome. I'm picturing a Royal Rumble with crazy Russian drunk Bender guy, the robot from the Bollywood action movie, Daniel Johnston, and me... Anyway, Johnston's great songwriting is easy to miss in the static of the cassette recording, but his melodies and lyrics are brilliant.

My favorite Daniel Johnston tune:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg-EAYkoLyU

BLAARGH! said...

Wow goat, blast from the past... I worked on jeff feurzig's half japs film, and played in a band with him many years ago. He had just started Johnston then moved to cali and we lost touch. Hung out with him at the premiere at moma, was fun to catch up. We were all completely inspired by Johnston, the fairs, moe tucker, velevet monkeys k records, etc... good times. We have one of daniel's drawings hanging on our wall.

my fav has always been speeding motorcycle...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCOkbOmKjMk