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Sunday, January 24

Happy Birthday to Warren Zevon. Truly a musician's musician.

Happy Birthday to Warren Zevon. Truly a musician's musician.  
      

   
      Warren Zevon was  born on January 24,1947 in Chicago, Illinois and died on September 7, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. He would have been 69 today, but an enthusiast for life usually does not grow old. My mother used to tell me you can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. His best friends were Hunter S. Thompson and David Letterman. If that does not give you a window into his life, lucky he left one open with his lyrics. His songs were mainly straightforward and brutally honest. Mainstream record labels wanted nothing to do with the excitable boy. He was in Europe playing covers in bars when Jackson Browne called him to let him know to get his ass home. His peers in Southern California made sure his voice would be heard. He went on to collaborate with Jackson Browne, who in 1976 produced and promoted Zevon's self-titled major-label debut. He only achieved moderate success if you judge art by record sales. He did have one huge commercial hit  with the satirical "Werewolves of London", but more often other artist would have success singing his tunes. Linda Ronstadt elected to record many of his songs, including "Hasten Down the Wind", "Carmelita", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", and "Mohammed's Radio".
    In 2003 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was very open about his death sentence. He even had one last visit on David Letterman. He took request made jokes and gave the best advice about life I have ever heard. In response to Letterman's question about dying and if he had any insight he cared to share. He replied "Enjoy every sandwich", so simple but equally profound. Two days before he passed away he released his biggest commercial success with the album "The Wind". It would go on to win him a Grammy, although he was not around to accept it. I honestly believed he would not have been too excited he performed music for the toughest critic, himself. On the day he would have turned sixty nine, I just wanted to say thank you Warren. To celebrate, I am going to enjoy a big sandwich. 
    
Words:Kevin Long