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April 13, 2014

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Jesse Winchester

There are a limited number of times I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard a certain musician or band.

Jesse Winchester was one of these experiences – at a friend’s cottage, flipping through records, and being jolted by the deadpan fix of a bearded soul whose stare could give Clint Eastwood a run for his money.  And a second jolt of satisfaction as the needle touched vinyl, bringing about a rollicking number called ‘Payday’.

Thank you for all the beautiful songs and great memories, Jesse.

You were a soft-spoken, southern gentleman.  A brilliant songwriter with too many great songs to mention – songs that were well-crafted vessels, that could make you laugh and cry all in the same song – the perfect blend of wit and beauty.  You were an entertaining and eloquent storyteller, and your light-hearted chuckle could light up a room.  Your hand gestures and facial expressions that often would accompany a song’s finale would say ‘and that’s the way the song goes, my friends’.