@ grey eagle
w/ greg cartwright
asheville, nc
january 10, 2009

rodriguez




we were all new to the story and skeptical, but by the
end of the show we didn't care since some of the lines
had us shaking our head or our hearts falling in the pit
of our stomachs.

rodriguez

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rodriguez


afterwards we waited around to talk to him and finally
we did, or m did anyway, i can't really talk to anyone,
for some reason i don't know how or it just doesn't happen.
but i stood around and listened and nodded and smiled
and it was easy to see he was a sweet kind peaceful sort
of man, quick to hug or offer a hand or touch the shoulder.
he didn't seem in any hurry to get away or to move on
but stayed and would have stayed as long as we were there.
m kept pressing him for his influences, asking who he'd
listen to and who he'd like, and he'd never answer straight-
forward but kept telling of bits of songs or tiny parts that
hit him in the gut and i remember him saying it broke my
heart or a neil young quote broke his heart and all
these little bits of music that weren't by anyone in particular
but just broke his heart and i think that's why it reminded me
of that scene where townes van zandt's sitting outside of a
trailer with his bearded buddy firing rifle shots and he
said, "there's brain death which i suffered when i was three
and there's respiratory death which i haven't suffered yet
and there's heart death, which i go through like every two or three
months" and that's what i took away from what he was saying,
that same sort of thing, and it made sense to me anyway.

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