My Song For The First Days Of The New Year

Is called Clay Pigeons. It’s by a legendary (now, anyways) singer named Blaze Foley who was around Austin throughout the 1980’s until an argument ended his life in 1989 with a gunshot. Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel”, commonly thought to be about Townes Van Zandt, is actually about Blaze.

The great John Prine just recorded this song himself and it’s been getting a lot of airplay lately here in Austin, but I think the original, as usual, is much better. It’s sort of about getting up and keeping on after having a difficult time, and I know some of you out there have had a rough year, so I thought of you when I was listening to this song over and over again and learning to play it, and I hope you enjoy it.

That said, Blaze’s life was one of ups and downs and one pierced with self-destruction, as too many musicians’ lives are. Me personally I like to think that one doesn’t have to destroy oneself to make art, or music, or what have you. Let’s hope not, anyways.

Feliz Año Nuevo!


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