_why's disappearance has been all over the net in the last 36 hours. My favorite work from _why was the travelling IRC bot troupe. And when I saw the documentation to shoes in the form of a ransom note, I was inspired to try ever harder at combining art with work, and life with living.
I don't go to funerals, not even for my own little brother, yet I feel strangely compelled to say goodbye to _why, who I never met or talked to. Maybe I'm sad about both of them. Here's a song from Daniel Johnston I recently discovered, in memory of _why, and everyone who is gone and used to be here injecting life into our lives:
Worried Shoes - Yip / Jump Music (1983)
I took my lucky break and I broke it in two Put on my worried shoes My worried shoes And my shoes took me so many miles and they never wore out My worried shoes My worried shoes oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo My worried shoes I made a mistake and I never forgot I tied knots in the laces of My worried shoes And with every step that I'd take I'd remember my mistake As I marched further and further away In my worried shoes oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo My worried shoes And my shoes took me down a crooked path Away from all welcome mats My worried shoes And then one day I looked around and I found the sun shining down And I took off my worried shoes And the feet broke free I didn't need to wear Then I knew the difference between worrying and caring 'Cause I've got a lot of walking to do And I don't want to wear My worried shoes
I like this performance the best: