By Robert Earl Hardy
This can be the 1st severe biography of a guy largely one in all Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt used to be the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's history because the scion of a in demand Texas family members; his stricken early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering folks singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued via him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring great thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' huge examine and interviews with Townes' kin and closest neighbors and associates. He seems to be past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a posh guy who embraced the darkness of demons and delusion in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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Classes almost immediately became secondary to other pursuits. Townes’ drinking and substance abuse, at first sporadic and experimental at Shattuck, soon became methodical and habitual, and the pattern of mood swings he had exhibited in his later teen years became steadily more pronounced. As Van Zandt told the story, during his freshman year he would shut himself up in his apartment for days at a time, staying drunk on cheap wine, listening to records, and playing the guitar. ” No Place to Fall 35 This is how Van Zandt told the story of his most infamous youthful stunt to that writer: I lived on the fourth story of this apartment building, and at one point during one of these parties I went out and sat on the edge of the balcony and started leanin’ backwards.
Abe Hauser was the Assistant Director. 1 Grace Jameson is a psychiatrist who has been on staff at the Titus Harris Clinic since the early 1950s. According to Dr. Jameson, “By the early 1940s, people all over Texas knew about Dr. Harris and his associates, and the phrase ‘gone to Galveston’ began to mean that the individual had a psychiatric disorder U 46 Sanitarium Blues 47 and the only possible reason someone would come to Galveston would be to consult Dr. ” 2 At the Titus Harris Clinic—one of the first facilities of its kind to serve children and adolescents—a team of doctors (primarily Doctors Ford, Martin, and Wight) evaluated Townes for a few weeks, overseeing the administration of a barrage of physical and psychological tests.
One of the ﬁrst songs off that album that Townes learned was “One Too Many Mornings”; he played that a lot. ” He latched onto that like it was an old friend. “In my time of dying, I don’t want nobody to mourn …”. And “Gospel Plow,” that was another favorite of his. He had started to write some of his stuff by then too. He’d write down lyrics frequently, but it was really more of a collegiate type of thing. ” Of the songs that Van Zandt continued to play throughout his life, his most “collegiate” song was “Fraternity Blues,” a funny talking blues piece which is one of Van Zandt’s oldest surviving compositions.