Just listened to the Ryan Adams double album from 2005 - the one with the song Rosebud on it. Am I being naiive, or is that song about Jerry? If it is about Jerry, that song has got to be one of the most spot on "tribute" songs I have heard - understated and not contingent on cliches.
Has anyone else out there (meaning forum readers) written "tribute" songs? I have one that has a verse about Jerry and a verse about Jack Kerouac. I'd like to think the verses are well-done, but that might just be wishful thinking. Working on that song made me realize just how difficult it is to write well when doing a tribute. Not to mention, the difficulty of putting reactions and thoughts about Jerry and Jack into concrete words! Going back to Ryan Adams' song - if Rosebud is about Jerry, then I would have to say it captures the moment moreso than Warren's Patchwork Quilt (another tune I love). Long story short - Rosebud is definitely worth a listen if you have not heard it yet . . .