As most of you know, Warren Zevon announced last September that he was dying of lung cancer. He has handled life since with uncommon grace and good mordant humor, including an exceptional NY Times Magazine interview, and a profound but light visit with David Letterman highlighted by this exchange:
Dave – “Do you now know something I don’t know?”
Warren – “I know how much you are supposed to enjoy every sandwich.”
At the time of the announcement, Zevon said he hoped to make it to the next James Bond movie; he has done that and so much more:
- Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, who announced last fall that he’s dying of lung cancer, became a grandfather twice over when his daughter, Ariel, gave birth to twin boys.
Augustus Warren Zevon-Powell and Maximus Patrick Zevon-Powell were born Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital, said Zevon’s publicist, Diana Baron. Their father is Ariel’s husband, Ben Powell.
“The best news was that Warren was able to be at the hospital for the babies’ birth,” Baron said.
….”He’s doing all right,” Baron said of the musician’s condition. “Listen, when he first started talking about his illness, he was hoping he could make it to see the next James Bond movie. And that was last Christmas. So every day is a blessing.” [AP]
While the grandsons may give him the most joy, the release of his new album, The Wind, on Aug. 26 may be his greatest accomplishment.
I now have in my hands and advance copy of The Wind. I will listen to it over the weekend, especially in my four hours in the car Sunday when I drive to visit my daughter. I’ll tell you all about it on Monday – be here or suck.