I try to think of how best to write something about my friend, Joseph Henry. It’s not easy, because he was not easy. I mean, I still expect him to pop through the door any minute. I know it’s not going to happen. But still….Likewise, I’ve found it impossible to write a comprehensive ode to my friend. I don’t know how you do that. But I do know how to visit a subject from time to time.
There are so many things we recorded that are still in the can waiting to be mastered. It makes me sick that it isn’t done. But that’s where we are. Maybe if I can do a few posts from time to time as I finish songs we’ve done together. I think sharing a little bit about him and his music should be part of the deal too. Songs that we played on. It’ll be good for me and you. With that in mind here’s an example why, no matter how much I did for him I’ll always feel like I got the better end of the deal.
If you’re like me, you have these “well it’s all over” moments where you think the music has finally passed you by and at most you’ll pick your guitar up once a month. And then less and less as the years go by. But then something happens, like meeting Joseph, and you’re right back in the middle of making music and leaning into the day to try to capture it all. That’s what being with Joseph was like for me. I had a genuine thirst to make music again. Not that I wasn’t doing anything. This just took it to a new level.
This is the last song Joseph and I played on. It’s called Back of the Line. This is a demo that still needs some work on my part. But I like what we did with it so far.
Picture on the player via Meg Buskirk