Posted: Jan 30, 2007 5:40 pm
For about 6 months, I used to encounter DJ almost daily. I'd never been a huge fan of his music, barely appreciated it at best. But my daily encounters with him were some of my favorite moments in Austin. You never knew what to expect with DJ. The guy was overweight, and had some muscle on him. When the crazy light turn on, it was VERY unnerving. Crazy strength is very scary, mixed with unpredictability, and you had a possibility of a bomb going off. But man, on his good days, the smile on his face, how he exhaled happiness, and how he treasured such small details, it just warmed your heart. And his love for The Beatles was fascinating. Just watching him bop his head up and down on the turntables to the millioneth time he'd listen to Sgt. Pepper, smile bigger than the sun, you just don't see happiness like that often. When we commisioned him to paint his alien frog on the side of the building, he was just in complete awe that someone actually cared enough about his art to let him paint something that big. Shortly after this 6 months of seeing Dan daily, he was committed back into an institution. Life got a little more boring.
Call it retardation, call it craziness, whatever. Seeing how he took in the world, man, it was a very interesting sight to take in.
Right before I moved out of Austin, back in April of '98, KVRX, the Univ of Tex student radio staion, hosted a live in KVRX studio show with DJ, and some other Austin scene musicians backing him. That radio show is spectacular, and it's when I finally "got him". I'm still hit or miss with most of his music, but the ones I like, I really like and do think some of them borderline on genius. Others are some of the worst crap I've ever heard.