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Today sucked. Jimmy LaFave and George Reiff passed away ["R.I.P. George Reiff
," "R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave
," Daily Music, May 22]. There is so much hate and anger in the world. What a waste of time to put our brothers and sisters down and not try and help each other out instead. It is what these two men were about. Life really is finite. For everyone. From the homeless man on the street to the president of the United States. Yet, we continue to spread hate. Music in Austin has always made things better for me. The musicians in this town just spread love and keep playing their songs. Whether they make any money or not. I've experienced it time and again over the years but especially these last few months. I've seen Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines just kill it. Darden Smith's new record is beautiful. Terry Allen, Kelly Willis, the documentary about Mark Hallman and Congress House, John Doe, Hayes Carll, Mike Flanigin, J.J. Barrera, Toni Price, Warren Hood, Emily Gimble – all played here for a cheap ticket price and were so very good. Joe Ely is always the best, but Panhandle Rambler
is some of the finest and most important music he's ever given this world. Those of you who are new (and old) to Austin, please consider supporting the musicians here. Buy their merchandise and their music at their shows or at Waterloo. Spotify only pays them pennies. If you've benefited from this city in the tech industry, etc., give back. Give to the organizations like H.O.M.E. and HAAM. Support the bartenders and waitstaff that also support these musicians each night. Rent is high in this town. Pass on the kindness this city has given you. A lovely man many musicians knew, John Huke, passed away not long ago as well. His brother told me, "John lived his life treating people with mutual respect." That is a remarkable thing to say about another person. I'm not sure I can say that about myself, but it is certainly something to strive for in honor of John Huke, George, and Jimmy. It certainly is how they lived their lives. They made the world a better place.