Christmas is all about the gathering of loved ones in our home; about sharing and reveling in the joy we bring each other. One thing that has brought me great joy for much of my adult life is the music of Vic Chesnutt. Sadly, Vic took his life on Christmas day 2009, and since that time I have made it a tradition to share Vic’s music here on Christmas eve. This year, I have chosen the track Granny from his last studio album, At The Cut. This is a live version from his final Canadian tour, and it captures all the things I love about Vic… his openness, his wit and his ocean-sized heart.
Thank you Vic… and thank you to everyone who has been a part of this increasingly extended blog family. 2012 has been a year of wonder and growth and 2013 has already got excitement written all over it.
One year ago tomorrow, Vic joined his heroes in the great beyond. The first I heard of it was through the Silver Mt Zion website… it simply said:
best ever, gone.
I have continually gone back to Vic’s music throughout the year (and will continue to do so as long as I am breathing), the album, West of Rome, having the strongest pull. This album sounds more vital with every listen and seems to embody what I love best about Vic’s work… a delicate balance of strength and frailty.
Today, I miss Vic… so I have been watching his Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. It is a killer 5-song set featuring one of my all time favourite tracks, Panic Pure (West of Rome). If like me, you are also missing Vic, I hope this helps and if you are yet to discover his work, then I hope this shifts you out the door and down to your local independent record store to pick up one of his albums.
Journey safe into the holiday season…