This is John Prine. A new friend turned me onto him during my first year in high school. At the time, I never thought I'd like music like this, but the words got to me, allowing a glimpse at Prine's humanity and that of the people he sang about. He made it easy.
I found Prine's "Best of" collection today and bought it - flooded with memories of being young, dumb and homeless, but beginning to look at the world in whole new way, especially when it came to "adult concerns". This was my soundtrack. And I smiled: