My Favorite Picture of You
At age 71, Guy Clark has lived a life that makes his songs all the more poignant. There's no doubt that he hasn’t lived every word, and on his first album in four years he shows he’s still chasing the songwriting demon to all the corners of his mind. Clark wrote or co-wrote everything here, except for “Waltzing Fool" by fellow Texan Lyle Lovett; it fits the Clark tradition perfectly. The title track refers to the photo on the album cover, which Clark says is his favorite of his late wife of 40 years, Susanna; she was only a few steps away from leaving for good at the time and passed during the creation of this record. “The High Price of Inspiration” further addresses the wild life that guides a truthful songwriter. The arrangements are well thought out and kept to small-band/small-room vibes. “The Death of Sis Draper” tells yet another story that’s much deeper than seems possible in less than four minutes. “Heroes” takes a look at servicemen who’ve returned from the Iraq war as very different people.