“Jesse Winchester’s songs are like mirrors in which both performers and listeners can see themselves.”(8/6/12 Reuters Press Release)

You don’t hear much about Jesse Winchester, but back in the late 60s, he was much admired for avoiding the Vietnam Draft and fleeing to Canada. In 1977, President Carter gave amnesty to those young men and they were able to return or visit without penalty. Jesse Winchester lives in the U.S.A. now and has been plagued with esophagus cancer. His songs are beautiful and I was pleased to find out this morning that there is a great tribute album of his songs, titled, “Quiet About It,” by such artists as: James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Elvis Costello and others!

Happy 69th Birthday, Jesse Winchester!

2 thoughts on ““Jesse Winchester’s songs are like mirrors in which both performers and listeners can see themselves.”(8/6/12 Reuters Press Release)

  1. Thanks for your fine post on Jesse Winchester. My stepson’s family lives in New Orleans, half a mile from where the Industrial Canal levee breeched after Katrina. They were fine, but so many folks were and are not. We seemed to have CNN on 18 hours a day for weeks after the storm, and one night Anderson Cooper opened his 10:00 segment with Jimmy Buffett’s cover of Winchester’s ‘Biloxi’ — which had been running in my head anyway. It made a nice change from Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’, which also kept cropping up. (It’s too embarrassing to admit how old I was before it sank in that not everyone hears snippets of music in their minds throughout the day. And now and then in dreams)

    • Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. “Biloxi” is beautiful. It heartens me when I hear such good music from our generation on the news or in ads or tv commercials. Music truly speaks to our times.

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