And the narrator sings:. Or did the songs drive him there? Or some indecipherable combination of both? Some days you know just how it goes Some days you have no clue Some days you write the song Some days the song writes you. We cannot deny the responsibility that comes with moral agency. We also cannot ignore those things that claim us, against which our agency struggles. In any event, about 18 years ago, I learned not to judge—or even to try to understand—TVZ, JTE and others who inhabit the same dark places that haunted them.
Thank you for the music, and for the lessons. Kenneth Craycraft is an attorney and the James J. This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access. The estimated reading time is 5 minutes. Ken Craycraft. By the time Van Zandt was checked out of the hospital early the next morning, he had begun to show signs of delirium tremens. She later reported that after getting back to his home in Smyrna, Tennessee, and giving him alcohol, he became "lucid, in a real good mood, calling his friends on the phone.
While Jeanene was on the phone with Susanna Clark, their son Will noticed that Townes had stopped breathing and "looked dead", and alerted his mother, who attempted to perform CPR , "screaming his name between breaths". His official cause of death was "natural" cardiac arrhythmia. Two services were held for Van Zandt: one in Texas, mostly attended by family; and another in a large Nashville church, attended by friends, acquaintances, and fans.
In the years immediately following Van Zandt's death, his former manager and label owner Kevin Eggers issued 14 albums of both new and previously unreleased material by the singer, all without consent of his estate represented by Jeanene Van Zandt and his three children. After nearly ten years of legal battles, the court sided with the estate, issuing "injunctive relief against Eggers, restraining him from reproducing or distributing any of Van Zandt's songs.
On October 21, , a number of Van Zandt's personal possessions were auctioned off at The Northside in Akron, Ohio at a benefit for Rex "Wrecks" Bell , a close friend and bandmate who was the inspiration for the song "Rex's Blues". Bell now owns the "new" Old Quarter in Galveston.
Van Zandt has been referred to as a cult musician and "a songwriter's songwriter. Earle wrote the song "Fort Worth Blues" as a tribute to the singer in the late s, and in released an album titled Townes , which featured all covers of Van Zandt songs. His Texas-grounded impact stretched farther than country. Folk musician Shakey Graves has credited his fast-paced, rhythmic style of finger picked guitar playing partially to Van Zandt's influence.
When Van Zandt died, he left a shoe box full of unreleased poems and lyrics with a request that Broza set them to music. The song was included on the movie's soundtrack. In , the film Be Here to Love Me ,  chronicling the artist's life and musical career, was released in the United States. It received mixed reviews, with Publishers Weekly lamenting that Kruth's "efforts are diminished by oddly alternating first - and third-person narratives , awkward transitions and text cluttered with excessive quotes The book has been described by Kirkus Reviews as a "poignant, clear and vivid portrait.
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