I have posted before about the songwriting prowess of Warren Zevon.
In 2002, upon being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Zevon refused treatments he believed might incapacitate him and began recording his final album, The Wind.
This album has a lot of meaning for me.
A few years before, I had had my first real brush with death when my younger sister (who I was very close to) died of cancer, and more recently, I had turned 40, and began becoming very aware of being past the halfway point.
The album gives a glimpse into the heart and mind of a man who knows he is on borrowed time.
On October 30, 2002, Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour.
Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since Late Night was first broadcast in 1982.
During this broadcast, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he offered this insight on dying: "Enjoy every sandwich."
I believe life really is that simple. It’s the small moments that we need to learn to treasure.
Warren Zevon died on September 7, 2003, aged 56, at his home in Los Angeles.
He received five posthumous Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year for the ballad "Keep Me in Your Heart".
The Wind won two Grammys, with the album itself receiving the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while "Disorder in the House", Zevon's duet with Bruce Springsteen, was awarded Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.
These posthumous awards were the first Grammys of Zevon's thirty-plus year career.
This song still makes me get a little misty-eyed...
...and this one, a cover of the Dylan classic, is downright haunting...
The rest is in the Vault...