This week, I wanted to include a piece of Austin art which makes me smile every time that I see it. Daniel Johnston’s “Jeremiah the Innocent” (or the “Hi, How Are You?” Mural, in my house) located at 21st and Guadalupe is that piece for me. Johnston, an artist that backs his visual medium with musical talent, offers simple yet meaningful observations about the world in his work. The Jeremiah piece has graced that wall along Guadalupe for as long as I can remember reminds me of basic pleasantries which are often missed when we are stuck on our phones.
A few years ago, there was an uproar from Austin locals who were defensive of the piece potentially being painted over by a pita restaurant using the space. Thankfully, crisis was adverted and an apply named “Thai, how are you?” stands in that space.
I chose this 3 dog night song in place of one of Johnston’s own haunting tunes, mainly because I could not find the vinyl I wanted to use in time. But for the uninitiated; “True love will find you in the end”, “Casper, The Friendly Ghost” and “Story of An Artist” are some highlights. And if you want some really cool covers of Johnston’s work from artists like Beck, Death Cab, etc… I recommend “The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered”. Share it with a friend, or make a new one.