Monday, September 08, 2003

"Keep Me In Your Heart"

It's time for another celebrity obit. This time, Warren Zevon has passed away. Now honestly, not to make light of it, but if you knew the man's lyrics, you knew it was coming. The man has always dealt with death, in a comical way sometimes. Zevon knew it was coming and he faced it head on. In a documentary that's running on VH1, it showed him going back to smoking, which he quit, but returned to when he found out it was the reason for his demise. He figured if he's gonna have one vice left, then that's the one.

I found out about Zevon thru his cult hit, "Werewolves Of London", a darkly comic song about prissy monsters. I rediscovered the man in the late 80's with another song called, "Leave My Monkey Alone". I lost touch again, until three years ago, when he became a fill in for Paul Shaffer on The Late Show With David Letterman who I also found out, was a huge fan of Zevon. Sadly, Warren had his last public performance on the show last year, which he took the entire hour, a rarity. When sitting down with Dave, Zevon told the host he just wanted to eat a few more sandwiches before he left.

Thinking of that interview, in light of what's happening to me, it's given me a sort of good outlook on dying. Mind you, I don't want to die now. I think it would really piss me off if I did. But, I know that it's bound to happen at some point and if God, or one of his other identities call me up, then I guess I've got to go. Warren Zevon gave everyone the courage to at least fight the good fight to the very end, and just take what's given you when it's your time. I hope I get as cool as he did when it happens. I also hope he had a foot long salami, ham, capicola,pepperoni, Swiss, American, and Munster cheese sub with deli mustard, onions and dill pickles, because that's what I plan on having on my last day. Thanks, Warren.

You can read his obit here. If you want, you can read his song lyrics here.

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