Saddened to hear the news of cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston’s death yesterday. Such a dear spirit and such a deep well of fractured beauty, Daniel gave us so much more than “True Love Will Find You in the End”–though that would have been enough. His songs don’t always seep in immediately but when they do, watch out. It’s hard to imagine a less contrived prayer than his “Lord Give Me Hope”:

“I know that you’re there / And you are a friend / So Lord give me hope / For the road I walk upon / The road it is long / And I fear.” Damn.

Those wanting more would do well to seek out the excellent documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. May he rest in peace.