January 20th, 2008

John Stewart (1939 - 2008) Singer, songwriter, artist

It was with great shock and sadness that I learned today of the passing of John Stewart , a brilliant singer-songwriter and (if there was any justice whatsoever in this world) American Icon, of a brain aneurysm.  He was one of the great influences on me during my younger days, continuing down to today.  I fear that I could not do him justice, so have linked to the obituary on his fan site.  Please  read for details.


John Stewart was something rare in this world of worthless celebrity hacks.  He was a sincere artist who worked from the heart and the soul.  He never stopped working, writing, and performing, and in that, at least, he leaves a record to be admired and copied.  I'm afraid that, again, any words of mine would be insufficient to express the sense of loss this leaves me with, so I'll use some words of his, from a song he co-wrote with John Phillips:

If you’re feeling lonely.
If you’re feeling low.
Remember that I loved you
More than you will ever know
Out where them chilly winds don’t blow. 

We have lost another great one.

John Jos. Miller