“Don Con” was one of my favorite people to have on the radio. He is a fantastic songwriter, a masterful guitar player, a pioneer in open tunings and in the use of partial and multiple capos, and he’s an honest, true, soul. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met, let alone had on the radio. He’s also one of the most unknown geniuses I’ve ever come across.
He lives out in Taos NM and it appears he doesn’t leave very often. Though he is an annual guest at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah OK every July. If you ever happen to notice that he’s playing someplace that you happen to be, don’t even think twice and go see him.
I’m not sure what made me think of this song tonight, but it’s one of “those” songs. A song that 99 out of 100 people have never heard yet when you play it for those 99 they are incredibly moved, touched and amazed.
The original version is on his album Paradox Of Grace from 2001. Though it was released before the events of September 11 and, obviously, recorded well before them, it became some sort of “healing anthem.” Especially for the listeners of 90.5 The Night on the Jersey Shore where I work and the public radio station at Fordham University in the Bronx, WFUV. If I remember the story he told correctly, it was written for a friend of his who had just lost a child. But the timing of it immediately made it a song specifically for anyone who lost a loved one on 9/11. Now, in 2013, it’s a song that can belong to everyone again.
Here I am with Don, I’d guess in 2001, at Brookdale Public Radio. To the right is my dear friend, the late Dave Mac, who engineered the session.