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Goodbye, 2010. I'm going to ring in the new year with a ghost.

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I'm glad to see 2010 go. As weird as it might sound, I plan to spend the first day of 2011 looking for a ghost. 

For the past 13 years, on New Year's Day, friends and fans of the late singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 - January 1, 1997) have gathered at Old Quarter, owned by Townes' friend Wrecks Bell, to celebrate his life and his incredible songs.

After a year spent in doctors' offices, surgery suites and cancer centers, I think I've earned a night with tunes performed by singer/songwriters like young Christopher Edwards of Nacogdoches, who carries Townes' torch for a generation of musicians who care about their craft, and the dozens of others who show up to honor the genuis that was Townes Van Zandt.

If I'm lucky, I just might catch a glimpse of his ghost.

Here are the lyrics to one of the songs I hope to hear. It's by Galveston musician Diane Craig:

He’s got his very own wall at the Old Quarter.
They sing a lot of his songs in here.
From Wrecks’ Blues to Flyin’ Shoes to White Freightliner Blues
To If I Needed You

People come and go at the Old Quarter
They see his pictures hanging on the wall.
It seems a shame to me
That most come to see
They never knew him at all

Well, he may be long gone from this room
His melodies rise up and fill the air
And wrapped in a little dance
There’s a very good chance
You might hear the ghost of Townes Van Zandt

In the warm and gentle breezes of his memory
May we fare well and ever strive to measure up
To the poet we’ve admired
Who continues to inspire
Even when our own time here is up

So, let’s sing some Townes songs in remembrance
To honor him and have a little more fun
I know that we he will hear
If he’s hanging out in here
If only For The Sake of the Song

Well, he may be long gone from our world
His melodies rise up and fill the air
And wrapped in a little dance
There’s a very good chance
You might hear the ghost of Townes Van Zandt



 

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