Advice for Tough Times (from Loudon Wainwright III)

At the delightful (and crowded!) Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival yesterday in San Francisco, the great wit Loudon Wainwright III concluded with a new song, as yet unrecorded, about the tough times we’re in.

First he joked that this was part of "The New Optimism," which he is able to offer because he has been a figure of famous pessimism throughout his career, so when he sees a silver lining to a dark cloud, he has credibility to talk about it. Then he plunged into the song, which has a nice ironic lilt to it, and the chorus:

It’s not the end of the world — just the middle of the night.

Roll it around in your mouth. Try it out on a friend. Could be a slogan for the naughts…

Here’s Loudon:


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

2 thoughts on “Advice for Tough Times (from Loudon Wainwright III)

  1. Tired of this post? So am I.

    If you’re seeing it repeatedly, it’s because Typepad changed its system last week, without any imput from yours truly, and nothing I have put up since is accessible to anyone who visited my site in the past, before the change.

    While I’m waiting for Typepad to find a solution to this problem, those who want to get around this logjam can go to an older post, and then to “Main,” and you should be able to see more recent work.

    Thank you for your patience.


  2. Yes. You were gone too long and I was getting tired of Loudon. Just checked back today, and you — or your postings — have returned. And not a minute too soon.


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