I don’t recall exactly when I first encountered Daniel Johnston, but I’m sure I was like many people upon first hearing his music: first thinking that it must be some kind of joke—the childlike voice, the lo-fi cassette tape home recording—but soon after getting almost unwillingly sucked in by the infectious melodies and the seemingly naive lyrics and, perhaps most of all, the honesty and sincerity in the songs. He sounds like a man possessed, and he sort of is, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
I imagine Daniel sitting at a beat up piano in his room frenetically composing songs late into the night, summoning demons from the furthest reaches of someplace beyond.
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