Remembering Michael Hedges

On December 2, 1997, the brilliant and inventive guitarist Michael Hedges was found dead following a car accident. I was lucky to have seen him perform twice; I would certainly have seen him again were he still alive.

Here he performs "Ragamuffin," one of my favorites, less than a month before his death. (Don't ask me about the dog collar. I have no idea.)

Michael Hedges – Ragamuffin

And here he tears it up on "Hot Type":

Michael Hedges – Hot Type

Oh, yeah, he sang, too. This is his adaptation of the e.e. cummings poem "i carry your heart with me(i carry it in", including David Crosby and Graham Nash on backing vocals.

I Carry Your Heart
Michael Hedges

I could go on and on. Let me leave you with the heartbreaking "Nevermore," a piece for solo acoustic harp guitar. This is from the soundtrack to The Shape of the Land, which commemorates the Japanese explorer Naomi Uemura who died on a mountain expedition. (This video adds some nice memorials about Michael Hedges. –Ed.)

Philip Aaberg and Michael Hedges

We miss you, Michael.

(Updated May 27, 2013 – Fixed links, found new videos for a couple that weren’t working.)