I’m Sorry, But…Dr. John…OH My SOUL Aches…

I’m supposed to say something, but…THIS loss is too deep for words.

Here is Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack as many of us remember him best:

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And this is what he could do. He doesn’t need me to talk you through it or his life. His music was his life. And those of you who have to have moving pictures to “hear” genius I’m sorry, cause if you can’t sit still for this…shame on ya’.

You want moving pictures, still?

And here’s a whole concert.

I can’t remember which celebrity said it, or where I saw it or when, but I remember him standing back watching Dr. John play and leaning toward someone next to him to say something like, “God,I mean…what it is like to just know you’re hipper than everyone else in the world?”

The only man who knew is gone now. And, oh, Louisiana I grieve with you this day.

Goodbye, Gris Gris Man…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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