Nashville is shut down. In a city where gathering to hear music is a foundation of our community, this is devastating in so many ways.
Among the rituals of Nashville, the loss of a great musician has been occasion for live TV broadcasts of memorials from the Ryman, funerals that stop traffic, gigantic celebrations.
In a different moment, John Prine’s would have been among the biggest. While the tributes to him online have been almost adequate to the task, there was no chance for the hordes of John Prine fans to gather together and celebrate his life and music.
Maybe it’s a small silver lining, but a silver lining it is, that we can remember John Prine in this virtual worldwide memorial.
Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, has pulled together a radio wake for this songwriter whose career spanned fifty years. It is as joyous and heartbreaking as pretty much any John Prine song.
Thanks to Jason Moon Wilkins and the team at WPLN for this.