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Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)

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ENDLESS HOLE
HELLO IN THERE
LET'S TALK DIRTY IN HAWAIIAN
PARADISE or Muhlenberg County
PLEASE DON'T BURY ME
YOUR FLAG DECAL WON'T GET YOU INTO HEAVEN ANYMORE


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 May 20 - 03:41 AM

Take a listen to the radio program above. It brought me to tears.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08d4v7j


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Rain Dog
Date: 14 May 20 - 10:46 AM

Fiona Whelan Prine - wife and manager of John Prine

'A doctor called and said I should come to the hospital immediately'

Throughout the pandemic, the Today Programme is hearing from people about their experiences of Covid-19, and from some who have lost loved ones. Folk legend John Prine died from Covid-19 in April.

It was broadcast this morning on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4

It is available to listen to for the next 6 days. I don't know if it is available to those of you from outside the Uk or not

Fiona Whelan Prine - wife and manager of John Prine


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 25 Apr 20 - 04:23 PM

When I get to heaven, I'm gonna shake God's hand
Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand
Then I'm gonna get a guitar and start a rock-n-roll band
Check into a swell hotel; ain't the afterlife grand?

And then I'm gonna get a cocktail: vodka and ginger ale
Yeah, I'm gonna smoke a cigarette that's nine miles long
I'm gonna kiss that pretty girl on the Tilt-A-Whirl
'Cause this old man is goin' to town


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 20 - 12:00 PM

Thanks for Wikipedia's quote
from Rolling Stone magazine,
I had not seen that article
and it does indeed answer my question.

Hope all of the bereaved
-- since Prine's 'fans' sound, indeed,
like a sort of extended family --
soon have what is needed
in order to come together and say their farewells.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 20 - 12:42 PM

That Green River area is lovely. It was a nice spot to choose.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 Apr 20 - 12:24 PM

Wikipedia; In accordance with Prine's wishes as expressed in his song "Paradise", half of his ashes were spread in Kentucky's Green River. The other half were buried next to his parents in Chicago.[52]

52. Doyle, Patrick; Doyle, Patrick (April 13, 2020). "John Prine: The Last Days and Beautiful Life of an American Original". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 16, 2020.

There may, of course, have been some delay in the present circumstances.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Apr 20 - 01:56 PM

if no one else will state the obvious,
it might as well be me.
I speak so bluntly as to give offense, all the time.
I'm sorry if this is offensive.

But surely John Prine's remains have now been laid to rest.
I am well aware that the pandemic restrictions have
required Prine's widow and family to postpone
memorials or funerals in the sense of
gatherings of people,
and that such must happen sooner or later, as permitted.

So I guess we will be told, when the family thinks it appropriate,
about the burial and the grave.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 22 Apr 20 - 01:27 AM

Radio interview with John Prine from March 2019, might be of interest....

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/john-prine-rpt/12152010


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 08:31 AM

Crying over this story https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/09/opinions/john-prine-music-and-kindness-branch/index.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 07:21 AM

The end of an era indeed. A great loss to folk music. I have added John to the "In Memoriam"thread and send my condolences to all those who know and love him.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 09:01 PM

He was a headliner in 2018 on a cruise I go on (Cayamo). He was only on it for half the cruise due to commitments. He did three shows. I saw all of them, and he only repeated a couple songs. I am so grateful to have had that opportunity. He didn't mingle - he would have been mobbed - but there were numerous photos of him as high up as you can get in that boat, watching the shows below.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 07:57 PM

There was a podcast played on NPR stations last night that interviewed both John Prine and Bill Withers. It was two interviews from a broadcaster at WNYC, and it was nice, about 30 minutes with each. The podcast is Death, Sex, and Money with Anna Sale from WNYC Studios. If you visit the podcast site scroll down a couple of entries to find the links to the programs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Thompson
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 06:43 PM

Heard him sing in 1973, I think it must have been, at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Such dark songs, such humanity. Ar dheis Dé anois a anam dilis.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: robomatic
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 07:47 PM

I'm listening to his voice right this second as Terry Gross repeats an interview she did with him in 2018. It is gravelly, halting, inflected and sonorous all at once.

I was on a job in the oilfields in a cafeteria in the middle of Prudhoe Bay. Somehow it turned out that a pretty inspector and I were both familiar with "Don't Bury Me" and we launched into it together full voiced and I've been reminded of the moment many times since. But the way I remember it is with his indelible voice.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 11:50 AM

Iris DeMent just posted this on her Facebook page:

A Note From Iris DeMent

Like so many of you, I am deeply saddened by the passing of John Prine. It is my prayer that all the love he gave to this world will be returned ten-fold to his family — the ones he cherished the most — and that that love will help sustain them through their grief.

Having known John for some 30 years now, a flood of memories are swirling around in my head. And as John had a way of making even the most mundane seem special, any one of those memories would be justified in retelling but for now, the quality about John that keeps coming to the forefront of my mind might best be summed up by something Nelson Mandela once said: “It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.”

We all know that John ennobled the characters in his songs. Any of us lucky enough to have seen one of his shows, knows he also did this for his audience. I, for one, happen to know he did it at truck stops and Dairy Queens, too. John was one of the all-time great ennoblers of others.

Some years ago, I placed a call to my now dear friend, Reverend Samuel E. Mann and I told him I wanted to join his church but that I did not take the Bible literally and I didn’t want to say I believed a bunch of things I didn’t so I could be part of a group. To which, Sam replied: “We do not believe in a magic Jesus. Jesus lived his life loving and caring for ‘the least of these’ — that was the miracle. And it was enough!”

John Prine was, without a doubt, one of the greatest songwriters this world will ever know. Many people more qualified than me have written about why that is. And many more will follow. Greatest or not, here’s what it comes down to for me and here’s why he rests on my heart’s mountain top: Because he cared enough to look — at me, you, all of us — until he saw what was noble and then he wrapped us up in melodies and sung us back to ourselves.

That was the miracle of John Prine. And it was enough.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Mick Tems
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 11:03 AM

RIP, John Prine, and dearest sympathy to Fiona. At Llantrisant Folk Club on Wednesdays, Ned Clamp and Pat Smith always used to sing 'In Spite Of Yourselves' for their floor spot. Only this morning, our chairman Mike Greenwood emailed to convey the bad news that Covid-19 had claimed the life of harmonica/melodeon player Ted Crum, a one-time member of Peeping Tom and more recently leader of the wonderful Steamchicken, Mallymarokers and regular accompanist to Chinewrde women's north-west Morris.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 11:02 AM

Lets face it John was a one off, a unique singer songwriter.


Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 07:51 AM

Slate has the best obit I thought:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/04/john-prine-dead-singer-songwriter-remembered.html

Contains this: “I guess I just process death differently than some folks. Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 07:31 AM

Fiona Prine came from Ardara, Donegal. One of John Prine's last concerts was for residents of sheltered housing there.

St. Shanaghan House, Ardara 5 February 2020 · On Monday evening we had the absolute pleasure to host 3 times grammy award winning singer / song writer John Prine who sang for the residents and friends of St. Shanaghan House (we have a lot of friends). It was a fabulous evening topped by the presentation of a portrait of the great man by our fabulous local artist Stephen Bennett.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 02:39 AM

Some fifteen years ago, my wife Josephine Boland and I moved into our new house a few miles outside Kinvara, in the West of Ireland. After a long day shuffling all our belongings into some sort of starting order, we headed into the village to meet some friends for a pint and a tune, by arrangement. As we headed into Connolly’s Bar, we met them emerging, instruments packed away! “John Prine just walked into Green’s - we’re going over to listen!”. We knew then we had moved somewhere special. Scarcely a year has passed without another such magic session. Now, alas, no more.

May he rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Elmore
Date: 08 Apr 20 - 10:04 PM

Nobody could sing a John Prine song better than John. May he Rest in Peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Jeri
Date: 08 Apr 20 - 10:23 AM

I couldn't post more last night.
My first encounter with John Prine's music was after my dad died in '72, when I was 17. I wanted to hide in my room, but I turned on the local college radio station just to have some sound. I heard, and remembered long enough to write some lyrics down:

Memories they can't be boughten
They can't be won at carnivals for free
Well it took me years
To get those souvenirs
And I don't know how they slipped away from me


and I was both comforted and amazed that he understood. It wasn't the same feeling, but it was close.

I heard his songs here and there, after that, and remembered his name. I got a chance to see him on a cruise I went on in 2018. Went to every show he did on that boat. He'd become part of American music forever, and I wish he were still here to enjoy it.

Like I've said elsewhere, he went out at a hight point in his career, which was pretty much the whole damned thing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,open mike
Date: 08 Apr 20 - 04:29 AM

I have been grieving all night since heeaing the terrible news.      I have been posting song after song of his on my facebook page.... as tears roll down. Yes as was said earlier, in better days people would be singing his songs in clubs and pubs and folk concerts and festivals and sessions and song circles all around the globe. As it is we have the internet, and it is filling with remembrances, archive footage and recordings, interviews, songwriters circles, and if you want to immerse yourselves in his music it is easily available.
My sympathies go out to his widow and children and everyone who is missing John Prine tonight. I will post a link to my page on the Mudcat face book page if you want to give a listen to John Prine's music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Apr 20 - 02:04 AM

So sad. Condolences to his family and close ones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Amergin
Date: 08 Apr 20 - 01:16 AM

I'm not a believer, but it is kind of comforting to think that John and Goodman are playing together again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: meself
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 11:55 PM

Sad, indeed. But the man had a good run of it .....


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 11:26 PM

Under ordinary circumstances, coffeehouses, open-mikes, living rooms and concert stages would be ringing with people performing John's songs over the next few days. We would be honoring him by acknowledging how important his songs are to us. Instead, the same disease that took him from us makes it impossible to gather in his honor. Facebook and YouTube are okay but, dammit, I want to sing John's songs around a campfire with my friends. Damn this coronavirus's eyes indeed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:58 PM

Coronavirus: "Damn your eyes!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: JennieG
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:46 PM

That is so sad......but we have the songs. Let's keep singing them.


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Subject: Obit: John Prine (2020)
From: Hagman
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:40 PM

With the angels...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/john-prine-obit-253684/


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:34 PM

Oh, no. This is so hard to take. Blessings on him and Fiona, and all who loved him.

The New York Times Obituary:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/arts/music/john-prine-dead.html

John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73
The folk singer and songwriter with a raspy voice and an offbeat humor was revered by peers including Bob Dylan.


By William Grimes
April 7, 2020
Updated 10:24 p.m. ET

John Prine, the raspy-voiced country-folk singer whose ingenious lyrics to songs by turns poignant, angry and comic made him a favorite of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and others, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was 73.
The cause was complications from Covid-19, his family said.

Mr. Prine underwent cancer surgery in 1998 to remove a tumor in his neck identified as squamous cell cancer, which had damaged his vocal cords. In 2013, he had part of one lung removed to treat lung cancer.
Mr. Prine was a relative unknown in 1970 when Mr. Kristofferson heard him play one night at a small Chicago club called the Fifth Peg, dragged there by the singer-songwriter Steve Goodman. Mr. Kristofferson was performing in Chicago at the time at the Quiet Knight. At the Fifth Peg, Mr. Prine treated him to a brief after-hours performance of material that, Mr. Kristofferson later wrote, “was unlike anything I’d heard before.”

A few weeks later, when Mr. Prine was in New York, Mr. Kristofferson invited him onstage at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village, where he was appearing with Carly Simon, and introduced him to the audience.

“No way somebody this young can be writing so heavy,” he said. “John Prine is so good, we may have to break his thumbs.”

The record executive Jerry Wexler, who was in the audience, signed Mr. Prine to a contract with Atlantic Records the next day.

Music writers at the time were eager to crown a successor to Mr. Dylan, and Mr. Prine, with his nasal, sandpapery voice and literate way with a song, came ready to order. His debut album, called simply “John Prine” and released in 1971, included songs that became his signatures. Some gained wider fame after being recorded by other artists.

They included “Sam Stone,” about a drug-addicted war veteran (with the unforgettable refrain “There’s a hole in Daddy’s arm where all the money goes”); “Hello in There,” a heart-rending evocation of old age and loneliness; and “Angel From Montgomery,” the hard-luck lament of a middle-aged woman dreaming about a better life, later made famous by Bonnie Raitt.

“He’s a true folk singer in the best folk tradition, cutting right to the heart of things, as pure and simple as rain,” Ms. Raitt told Rolling Stone in 1992.

Mr. Dylan, listing his favorite songwriters in a 2009 interview, put Mr. Prine front and center. “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism,” he said. “Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.”

John Prine was born on Oct. 10, 1946, in Maywood, Ill., a working-class suburb of Chicago, to William and Verna (Hamm) Prine. His father, a tool-and-die maker at the American Can Company, and his mother had moved from the coal town of Paradise, Ky., in the 1930s.

Mr. Prine later wrote a ruefully bitter song titled “Paradise,” in which he sang:
    The coal company came with the world’s largest shovel
    And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
    Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
    Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man


John grew up in a country music-loving family. He learned guitar as a young teenager from his grandfather and brother and began writing songs.

After graduating from high school, he worked for the Post Office for two years before being drafted into the Army, which sent him to West Germany in charge of the motor pool at his base. After being discharged, he resumed his mail route, in and around his hometown, composing songs in his head.

“I always likened the mail route to a library with no books,” he wrote on his website. “I passed the time each day making up these little ditties.”

Reluctantly, he took the stage for the first time at an open-mic night at the Fifth Peg, where his performance of “Hello in There” and “Angel From Montgomery” met with profound silence from the audience. “They just sat there,” Mr. Prine wrote. “They didn’t even applaud, they just looked at me.”

Then the clapping began. “It was like I found out all of a sudden that I could communicate deep feelings and emotions,” he wrote. “And to find that out all at once was amazing.”

Not long after, Roger Ebert, the film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times, wandered into the club while Mr. Prine was performing. He liked what he heard and wrote Mr. Prine’s first review, under the headline “Singing Mailman Who Delivers a Powerful Message in a Few Words.”

“He appears onstage with such modesty he almost seems to be backing into the spotlight,” Mr. Ebert wrote. “He sings rather quietly, and his guitar work is good, but he doesn’t show off. He starts slow. But after a song or two, even the drunks in the room begin to listen to his lyrics. And then he has you.”

Mr. Prine had a particular gift for offbeat humor, reflected in songs like “Jesus, the Missing Years,” “Some Humans Ain’t Human,” “Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone” and the antiwar screed “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.”

“I guess what I always found funny was the human condition,” he told the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph in 2013. “There is a certain comedy and pathos to trouble and accidents.”

After recording several albums for Atlantic and Asylum, he started his own label, Oh Boy Records, in 1984. He never had a hit record, but he commanded a loyal audience that ensured steady if modest sales for his albums and a durable concert career.

In 1992, his album “The Missing Years,” with guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and other artists, won a Grammy Award for best contemporary folk recording. He received a second Grammy in the same category in 2006 for the album “Fair and Square.”

Mr. Prine, who lived in Nashville, was divorced twice. He is survived by his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, a native of Ireland whom he married in 1996; three sons, Jody, Jack and Tommy; two brothers, Dave and Billy; and three grandchildren. In 2017, Mr. Prine published “John Prine Beyond Words,” a collection of lyrics, guitar chords, commentary and photographs from his own archive.

In 2019, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his album “Tree of Forgiveness” was nominated for a Grammy, for best Americana album. It was his 19th album and his first of original material in more than a decade. (The award went to Brandi Carlile, for “By the Way, I Forgive You.”)

Mr. Prine went on tour in 2018 to promote “Tree of Forgiveness,” and after a two-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville — known there as the mother church of country music — Margaret Renkl, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, wrote, under the headline “American Oracle”:

“The mother church of country music, where the seats are scratched-up pews and the windows are stained glass, is the place where the new John Prine — older now, scarred by cancer surgeries, his voice deeper and full of gravel — is most clearly still the old John Prine: mischievous, delighting in tomfoolery, but also worried about the world.”

In December, he was chosen to receive a 2020 Grammy for lifetime achievement.

As a songwriter, Mr. Prine was prolific and quick. In the early days, he would sometimes dash off a song while driving to a club.
“Sometimes, the best ones come together at the exact same time, and it takes about as long to write it as it does to sing it,” he told the poet Ted Kooser in an interview at the Library of Congress in 2005. “They come along like a dream or something, and you just got to hurry up and respond to it, because if you mess around, the song is liable to pass you by.”

Caryn Ganz and Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:33 PM

John had the ability to take a common occurrence like witnessing a minor auto accident ("The Accident") or watching a spouse zone out ("Linda Goes to Mars") and transform it into something truly extraordinary. He belongs in the same pantheon as Mark Twain, Will Rodgers and Kurt Vonnegut. He spoke to my own somewhat off-kilter worldview like no other songwriter.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Hrothgar
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:12 PM

I am sad that he is gone, but I am glad that he was here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 10:09 PM

A real heartbreak. One of the truly great ones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:55 PM

OMG. That's so sad. He's one of The Best.
Vale, John.


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Subject: RE: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Alice
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:52 PM

Yes, this very sad news it is confirmed.
We are what we are and we ain't what we ain't. He was wonderful.
Alice in Montana


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Subject: Obit: John Prine (1946-2020)
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:39 PM

He's gone I am so, so sad.


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: mg
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:38 PM

word is out from rolling stone that he has just died. i recommend confirming this for yourselves. RIP.


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 10:00 PM

Cartoon here


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 07:16 PM

Have you seen the cartoon sketch of
a hospital bed with the sign "Prine" at the foot of the bed?
A lady with a halo, wings, and a long gown stands over the bed,
saying:
"I'll keep an eye on this one.
I'm from Montgomery."

Can anybody link to it?


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 11:56 AM

How about the text of Fiona Prime's tweet?

"This is John's 8th day in ICU.
He is receiving excellent medical care
and being treated with kindness and compassion
by the entire team looking after him day and night.
I cannot be with him
which makes this nightmare all the more distressing ...

...As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Sunday.
He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing.
Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world,
John has pneumonia in both lungs.
He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics.

He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that
he can continue to fight this devastating virus
and come home where we can care for him.
I don't have the words to adequately
Thank You
for all the outpouring of love and prayers
that John and our family have received this past week.
Please continue to send
Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John.
He needs us now more than ever.
John loves you and I love you too."


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 05:52 AM

Fiona Prine is reported a few hours ago as saying he's doing a bit better, though certainly not out of danger. Let's hope.


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: GUEST,Brian Grayson
Date: 01 Apr 20 - 07:51 AM

Losing Steve Goodman was a blow - if John dies, it's the end of an era...


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:57 PM

But In Spite of Ourselves, I sure hope John Prine keeps on ticking. I've found a partner willing to sing this song with me, and we've been having a lot of fun with it.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:29 PM

Fiona tweeted that “stable” just meant (paraphrasing) his situation wasn’t changing. Still incubated. Still critical.


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Subject: RE: John Prine very ill with corona virus
From: Felipa
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 10:30 PM

Barnacle, that is a misleading headline. The content of the article is much the same as the associate press article I pasted here. The situation IS more hopeful, maybe much more hopeful, but Prine is NOT out of danger.


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: EBarnacle
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 10:13 PM

It looks as though he will still be back among us.


https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/30/1932763/-John-Prine-Still-in-Hospital-But-is-Now-STABLE-He-s-Out-of-COVID-19-Danger-f


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Subject: RE: 29 March 2020 - John Prine very ill with corona
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:33 PM

Anybody who wants to get their own updates, you can, (if you're on Twitter), follow @FionaPrine.


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Subject: RE: John Prine very ill with corona virus
From: Felipa
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 05:41 PM

According to the Taste of Country article (Jack Campin's link at the beginning of this discussion), earlier - I think when his wife was diagnosed with Corona virus -John Prine made this statement:

"I'm asking you to please stay at home. That's all," Prine said at the time. "The government can help, and I think they are really starting to really figure out that this is serious, this is life and death for God knows how many Americans. They can help, but, honestly, it is truly in our hands. It is up to us Americans to make an individual decision for our families and say, 'You know what? This is scary as hell. I may not get a paycheck next week. I don't know what I'm gonna do with the kids' ...
"Just stay home. Please, stay home," Prine added. "I think we'll get through this if we do it together."
--
J think that if Prine recovers, he could write a wonderful song about Covid-19 and how the epidemic affects people.


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Subject: RE: John Prine very ill with corona virus
From: Felipa
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 05:31 PM

I forgot to do a preview, so that I would have caught out the missing /a

I'd copied the text anyway, and maybe a mudelf will correct the error, but here is a repeat of one of the links to the A.P. report.
I notice this is the GB MSN news, so you may need a different link in N America, etc. Anyway, when I clicked the link on the preview, I got a general MSN page.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/singer-john-prine-in-stable-condition-with-covid-19-symptom

This link worked for me:
https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/viralnews/18345960.singer-john-prine-in-stable-condition-covid-19-symptoms/


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