I was looking for a picture of Duane Jarvis, who died one year ago today. This is the only one I could find on my computer – I’m not sure who took it but I cropped it from a larger picture taken at the Bluebird in Nashville.
Please, please resist the urge to say something along the lines of “hmm – there’s Townes Van Zandt looking over DJ’s shoulder – I bet the two of them are having some laughs up there in heaven now, jamming together and making beautiful music.” I can’t stand that hokey idea of a great big music free for all in the sky.
But, thinking about Duane today, I can read something appropriate into the songwriter’s songwriter gazing out as DJ bows his head and plays. Duane was a sweet and humble guy, and the same kind of musician – never wanting to get in the way, just underpinning, grooving along, being quietly supportive. I look at this picture and remember.