Friends and family of Jay Bennett gathered in Urbana, Ill., last night to honor the rock musician and former member of Wilco who died in his sleep over the weekend.
Among those who gathered was Edward Burch, a longtime friend of Jay’s and his collaborator on Jay’s first post-Wilco album, The Palace at 4 am.
According to a report on local TV station WCIA:
Jay Bennett wrote a lullaby for his baby niece 19 years ago. Now the lyrics are taking on new meaning. “So sleep now, my darling,” sang Edward Burch strumming his guitar. Burch wants to make sure his friend of 20 years rests in peace so he’s keeping his music alive. “He had such a great heart,” said Burch. “He wouldn’t just show me how to play the cord, but he would also explain why in musical terms it works the way it did.”
Here’s a clip of the report (you’ll have to watch a car-dealer ad before the report starts, but bear with it):
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