A friend recently said, “No offense Susannah, but he died so long ago. You celebrate him like he’s still here.”
I had to smile at this since, I kinda think that he is.
If you watch footage of Bill taken 26 years ago, it plays as if it was just filmed today, and that’s not me being biased, either.
I’ve heard it from others, proving again how ahead of his time he truly was.
For years after he died I couldn’t watch him, it being too painful, but no longer.
I almost feel he was the one who helped me get over my heartbreak.
I had had a dream that Bill was performing, and went to the show.
The venue was like Yankee Stadium with him in full gallop, bringing down the house.
What I remembered specifically was how the audience seemed current, but all dressed Billesque, in jeans and leather jackets, with their backs to me.
I wasn’t troubled waking up, but relieved as if now knowing wherever he was, he was okay, transcending that genius he’ll always be known for, alongside humility that walked hand in hand.
They called him, a comedian’s comedian, respecting his peers, never preening, preferring to be just one of the boys.
Bill Hicks would have been 59 years-old today.
Happy Birthday Willie. I miss you.
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