Thursday, March 30, 2023

Moving stories on Facebook, and then Townes Van Zandt’s “Tecumseh Valley"

Earlier this evening, I read a friend's sad and beautiful Facebook post about his memory of a friend he lost about a year ago. He'd just discovered an email he hadn't seen before, written by his friend just before his death. Among the many moving comments on the post, someone shared a similar story. But this time it was an unwatched video that he'd only seen after a friend's death, of the friend singing Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley". Along with thse two stories of lost friends, the thought of that beautiful song overwhelmed me: "And her ways were free and it seemed to me / That sunshine walked beside her." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 30 March 2023)

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