Love To The Fullest
by Dan
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Ted Hawkins - "Sorry You're Sick"

This song is a man. If it is anything, this song is a man. It wants to solve problems, invented or real. It wants to work, to be useful, to try and be tried. It is a full man and not young. It is through with the lies of youth, the games that youth play. It is tired of praying, for God is umpteen times useless. It lives heavily, with heavy joy, and with a sincere and earnest approach. It works every day and hard for a love that lives inside it the way a woman carries a child. This song is not a woman and cannot carry both a child and love, it is a man and can carry only love. It toils each day in the closeness where love is born. It works through the din of the world, the voices and eyes of the choices unmade. It smiles in the face of sickness, time, and death. This song is a real and honest man, it makes mistakes, does wrong, and asks forgiveness. I want to be this song. One day I will. [Buy]

(thanks, PJC)
(photo of Ted Hawkins by Dave Peabody)

Posted by Dan at February 1, 2011 12:41 AM

i am a bit in love with this man/song

Posted by q at February 1, 2011 6:14 AM

I saw Ted perform in a tiny club in Philadelphia a couple months before he passed away. It was jaw-dropping. A man, his voice, a guitar, and a milk crate. One of the greatest musical moments of my life. Truly.

Posted by Stephen at February 1, 2011 6:39 AM

I don't always like the music you post, but I always love what you write about it. Inspired and inspiring words. Thank you!

Posted by Lee at February 1, 2011 4:37 PM

I recorded Ted for a compilation CD of Venice Beach, California street musicians called the "Spirit of Venice".

His track "Groovey Little Things" gets to me every time.

A free listening sample of it can be found at the bottom of the page at the following URL:

Posted by Harlan Steinberger at February 2, 2011 8:53 PM

Unbelievable. Just a perfect song. Sung in a perfect way. Thank you, Ted Hawkins. Thank you STG.

Posted by Pona at February 2, 2011 9:02 PM

Great post! I've become a big Ted Hawkins fan in the last three days because of this. Thanks!

Posted by Ben at February 6, 2011 10:46 PM

I'm misting up a little over here. This was beautiful. Thanks, Dan.

Posted by Andy at February 8, 2011 7:24 PM

Thank you for turning me on to Ted Hawkins. This is one of the best things about your site -- in addition to the new and the cool, I can find the bygone and the timeless.

Posted by Nick at February 10, 2011 12:22 PM

possibly the cutest thing i've ever read. i would like something sweet from the liquor store.

Posted by emily at February 16, 2011 6:51 PM

Thanks for sharing this song. It's one of my favorites.

Posted by genee at May 1, 2011 3:02 PM

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