Damn! Damn! Damn! I'm crying and kicking myself - my husband and I both decided we were "too tired" from work that day, and didn't go to his last concert. I was praying he'd make it through the cancer treatments and give us all many more years of his music and stories.
I've loved Van Ronk's music since I won a pair of free tickets to hear him at the Cellar Door in 1981. I didn't know who he was, but what the hell, they were free tickets...
I was blown away. My favorite two songs from that night were "Green, Green, Rocky Road" and a powerful version of "Wandering Aengus". I went to hear Van Ronk as often as I could when he performed in the DC area after that.
I hope that there is an afterlife, and that his soul is still making music.