Sunday, January 20, 2008

Daydream believer - John Stewart RIP

Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records, where Stewart last recorded, sends the obit:

It is with deep regret that I wanted to pass on the [news of the] death of John Stewart. John passed away this morning with his family by his side in San Diego, passing away at the same hospital where he was born. John was a member of the Kingston Trio for years and wrote songs that captured the essence of the real America and the people who made the country interesting. From sitting in a room of Jamie Wyeth paintings and writing songs about the characters in those paintings, John like Steinbeck,Twain or Charles Kuralt, John captured the true American experience with his words and images. His words said so much at times: "Don Quixote's windmills were giants in his eyes -- to see things as they really are it can only make you wise". He had a life of performing, with the Kingston Trio all over the world to writing "Daydream Believer" to having the hit song "Gold" in the 1970's. But he was so much deeper than those things which were just the surface, and what most people saw and heard. It was beneath the surface with the songwriting and singing that touched so many that John's true beauty was.

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