My Old Man
Far From Me
I was listening to some of the 100+ John Prine songs that I own and although I have heard them countless times, sitting as I was, alone in my home office, I, most unexpectedly, burst into tears. While music has, on a couple of occasions, had this effect on me, I guess that I am grateful that a song can choke me up and get to me, on occasion. It just caught me by surprise this afternoon.
Now, these two songs, the first, written by the late, great singer/songwriter, Steve Goodman, who was probably the best one man band that I ever saw, penned “MY OLD MAN,” with lyrics as heartfelt as was ever written, sung here by his lifelong friend, Mssr. Prine, who wrote and sings his original song, “FAR FROM ME.”
Prine, who, to my mind, is inarguably among the handful of great singer/songwriters walking around on Planet Earth, sings Steve’s “My Old Man,” and although I am not keen on the penny whistles on the track, the pre-song story/stage banter is pretty damn great. And then we come to “Far From Me” which drills right down to bedrock, in Prine’s casual way, regarding love, pain, and loss. This one isn’t one of Johns’ better known songs, but it pretty much kills me whenever I happen to hear it. – Harry, March 4, 2016, a Friday afternoon, light snow in the air.