It is shaping up to be a very bad year for musicians I like. Vic Chesnutt killed himself at Christmas. Now Mark is also dead.
At least with Vic, he was always a bit dotty and his death didn't come as a massive surprise; but Mark seemed much more reconciled to the whole being a live thing. So it is a shock.
I'd thought that Mark had beaten his demons by the time the album It's A Wonderful Life was released - I didn't think there was anything ironic about the title. In fact, I felt it was less edgy and arresting than its predecessor, Good Morning, Spider, simply because Mark seemed more at ease and happy. Obviously, he hadn't shaken them as thoroughly as I'd thought.
1 - Video for 'Comfort Me,' a song by Sparklehorse/mark Linkous, from the album, It's A Wonderful Life. Posted on You tube by Ortelevision, 3rd of April, 2007.