Last Friday, we here at The Recoup were saddened to learn of the death of country legend Don Williams. Though his age and his health made the news a bit more palpable, it’s still not hard to shed a tear for the man who had a soft voice and a sensitive, humble style that belied some downright heartfelt music. I’ve debated three or four songs that I think would be perfect examples of the man’s genius, but I’m going to go with his 1981 hit, “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.” As someone who has battled depression all of his adult life, there’s something just so damned honest about his quiet prayer. He’s not asking for answers to the big questions; he’s just asking for a day–one good day–something that is better than the darkness and the sadness he’s been feeling. It’s not a selfish or demanding or unrealistic prayer, either; he’s simply wanting a little goodness, a little light, a little pleasantness in the midst of a darker time. It’s a feeling I know too well, and it’s one that I really, really relate to. Gone at the age of 78, Requiescat in pace.
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