He was an amazing musician and tremendous inspiration in my life from Little onward. I recall a moment in 1990, walking around the University District in Seattle listening to a cassette of that first album. "I'm not a victim, I am an atheist!" stopped me in my tracks. I was standing by Cafe Allegro looking toward the wooded campus. I can see the quality of light that Seattle is renowned for shifting slightly.
So view the Modern Man looking like a soft soft Picasso,
he's there with his head in his hand repeating to himself an epigram,
"Live by the scam, die by the scam."
Vic Chesnutt, 1990