Date: Mon, 06 Jan 1997 14:51:02 -0600 From: Chris _topher_ Lakey
To: Friends of Guy Clark Cc: Christopher Friedrich Subject: TVZ - Sunday in Nashville Saturday night the winds came from nowhere and brought rains and lightning along with them. The music stopped, the lights flickered and I made my way to the door of the coffee house to see fallen trees, swaying street lights and a large dumpster crossing the parking lot. Some people were scared, others were curious and I was a little of both but mostly just disappointed because there was no more music. Sunday the temperature was 15 degrees cooler than the day before and the sky was a beautiful white and blue with clouds that seemed to dance as they made their way south while we made ours north. Maybe they heard Townes playing on the stereo or perhaps Townes was up there in his flyin' shoes leading them. Either way it was a beautiful day and we were on our way to Nashville for Townes Van Zandt's memorial service. The service was held at the Belmont Church on the corner of 16th and South. We made it there early despite my being directionaly challenged. Travis arrived moments later and parked right behind us (took a while, but we got out). Outside the church were all sorts of interesting people dressed in everything from jeans to Tuxes (and dresses too). Steve Earle was the one in the Tux and he did an excellent job coordinating everything. We waited to sign the guestbook and were handed a black & white photo of Townes that looks like it was taken about 10 years ago. The seats filled up quickly and we sat while Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Hank Williams and other played over the speakers. It was both humerous and touching at the same time. I won't fully describe the service but I will say that Steve Earle, Emmy Lou, Lyle Lovette, Guy, Susanna, Rodney Crowell, John Lomax III, Townes' sons and many others spoke and/or performed. Kevin Van Zandt played "A Song For" and I would have sworn it was Townes himself straight from 25 years ago. The ceremony was very moving and helped me to see Townes in a way I hadn't seen him before. Perhaps the tapes will be available so everyone can share in the experience. After the service I told Guy that everyone on the list was thinking about him. He said thanks. Back in Huntsville it's a dreary Monday (have you ever heard REK talk about Nashville suicide weather? It's the same in Huntsville) and I'm faced with the work I had planned to do this past weekend. I'm tired because I drove around Nashville looking for 2007 Belmont Blvd in hopes of getting tickets to the Jan 18 Steve Earle show. Sold out! Looks like things are getting back to normal and I'm trying to make sense of this whole weekend and I guess this is what I learned: Townes in his music said "Too late to wish I'd been stronger." Hopefully his music and his life will serve as an example to motivate people to leave a path of self-destruction and turn to God for strength instead of the demons that so often haunted Townes and the characters in his songs. A whisper deep within Embrace the God of Love I lifted my face and through the tears I saw light fall from above Now I'm back among the ones I love I'm loved by them in turn and it's only on the darkest night that green eyed memory burns So walk my friends, in the light of day don't go sneakin' 'round no holes there just might be something down there wants to gobble up your soul -TVZ from "The Hole" We love you Townes! -topher -- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris "topher" Lakey "Only two things that money can't buy mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org That's true love & homegrown tomatoes" http://www.pobox.com/~topher/ http://www.pobox.com/~topher/guyclark/ (205) 534-4844 FAX: 534-4846 /* THIS SPACE FOR RENT */ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .