Knockin' On Your Screen Door - John Prine

from the album The Tree Of Forgiveness (2018)

When I lived in Milwaukee, my best friend was a guy from Detroit who liked to be called Hollywood.

On day, Hollywood got all excited because his brother - an environmental attorney living in Boulder, Colorado - was passing through town with his new girlfriend.  They were en route to Detroit for a "meet the parents" kind of thing.

In preparation of the visit, Hollywood planned a big outdoor grilling event behind our apartment.  Burgers, brats, and drumsticks.  A keg of Stroh's.  Cleaning on a level never previously witnessed.  And, perhaps most importantly,  the stereo speakers were firmly planted in the window.

When the Colorado folks arrived, it was exactly what you might expect: a custom van, a bearded mountain man, and a pretty brunette in a suede vest.  Before too long, Hollywood's brother pulled a melon crate full of LPs from the van and headed to the stereo,

Over the next eighteen hours, he spun folky music I had never listened to before.  Sure, I was familiar with James Taylor and the hits of some artists, but had never dove deep into the catalogues of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Gordon Lightfoot, or Jim Croce.

Late that night, after a Steve Goodman discussion, he played John Prine's self-titled debut.  It resonated with me.  The structure of the composition.  The wit in the lyrics.  The timeless sensibility in the melodies.  I was hooked even before Angel of Montgomery came on.

It's been forty seven years since John Prine released that first record.  His new release opens with a song titled Knocking' On Your Screen Door.  It takes me back to the time, many moons ago, when Hollywood's brother and the girl in the suede vest came to town.  I dig that.

I am also in awe of the quality of the songwriting and performance on this new record.  I am inspired by artists who continue to make art long after their contemporaries have faded away.  Hats off to John Prine!

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