Monday, May 25, 2009

Pot Kettle Black

Jay Bennett, former Wilco member, has died at 45. Supposedly, he was found this morning after passing in the night. Autopsy pending, I'm not one to lean on natural causes. This is a sad loss for the Bennett and Wilco families as he passed in the middle of further strife between the 2 camps. The longtime collaborator of frontman Jeff Tweedy left the band during the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2001 amid much ballyhoo shown in the documentary, "I am Trying to Break Your Heart". Some of Wilco's best music had Bennett's hands all over it. Personally, the band hasn't made as good of music since he left. Sorry. I haven't streamed the new one yet (and I hope it's awesome), but Sky Blue Sky and A Ghost is Born were just OK for me. Peaking with Summerteeth and YHF, there was nowhere to go but down. Jay Bennett left and burned out, but I guess that's better than fading away. Go in peace, JB...

"I myself have found a real rival in myself
I am hoping for a re-arrival of my health

It's become so obvious
You are so oblivious to yourself

You're tied in a knot
But I'm not gonna get caught
Calling a pot kettle black
Every song's a comeback
Every moment's a little bit later"

- "Pot Kettle Black"
from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Jay and Jeff having a meeting of the minds one last time...


A said...

this was very, very sad news . . .