RIP Jesse Winchester
One of my favorite musicians has passed away at the age of 69. I used to go hear him at some of the long-gone underground bars around Harvard Square: the Ha’Penny, the Idler. (He enjoyed the idea of playing at The Idler, drawling out the name as if tasting it.)
I had all his albums with their melancholy titles: Learn to Love It, Let the Rough Side Drag, A Touch on the Rainy Side, and Third Down, 110 to Go. Sweetness, joy, and humor were always breaking through the clouds.
The Winchester family suggests you plant a cherry tree in his memory, or make a wooden bench and put it somewhere nice.