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"We lost one of my all-time favorites [on Tuesday], a man that taught me how to write songs."

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 09, 2020
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When John Prine succumbed to complications from coronavirus earlier this week, the world lost one of its greatest songwriters. Eric Church lost his mentor and friend. Known for his poetic lyrics and infusing his songs with much humor, Prine's greatest hits include "Angel from Montgomery," "Please Don't Bury Me," and "Sam Stone."

To honor his late friend and songwriting idol, Church opted to perform "Long Monday," perhaps a lesser known song, but one that still drips with poignancy. Off of Prine's 2005 album "Fair & Square," Church's warble is filled with emotion as he makes his way through the tune.

"We lost one of my all-time favorites [on Tuesday], a man that taught me how to write songs," Church prefaces his performance. "So I want to do this for John," he adds. With that he launches into the song, accompanied by the gentle strumming of his guitar.

"It's gonna be a long Monday / Sittin' all alone on a mountain / By a river that has no end / It's gonna be a long Monday / Stuck like the tick of a clock / That's come unwound—again," Church sings, visibly moved, as he concludes his brief cover. "I love you, John Prine," Church says. "Thank you." Watch the performance below.

Indeed, it's been a tough few weeks for everyone, and the country music community has been hit hard. Late last month Joe Diffie died from complications of coronavirus and Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes.

In these difficult times, music may only provide us with a sliver of comfort. But it's that comfort that can be the difference between being able to face the day with an extra ounce of peace and being immobilized by fear. We're grateful for that gift. And for that angel from Maywood, Illinois.