One day around 1983, I was called to sing on John Prine’s People Puttin’ People Down at Alpha Recording Studio in Burbank. I had never met him before, was excited and nervous. I had all his albums. I knew how great he was.
Before the session I stopped by the kitchen to make tea, where John was unwrapping an industrial sized chunk of Velveeta cheese. What are you doing? I asked. Making queso. I’ll show you how to do it, it’s easy. Then he put that brick of Velveeta cheese the size of a shoebox, into a pan, poured in an entire bottle of salsa, warmed it all up, stirred it together and voila! — lunch!
I sang a choir of vocals for John Prine that day. I have been so lucky in my lifetime. So lucky.
Godspeed, dear John.
You are so loved.