Silver Jews To Break Up



Mainman David Berman
posts news in online screed.


By Fred Mills


The rumors appear to be true: The Silver Jews’ David Berman
announced yesterday, via the Drag City website, that he would essentially be retiring
from music after his band’s show in McMinnville,
Tenn., on January 31.


The post read thusly:



Silver Jews End-Lead Singer Bids his
Well-Wishers Adieu


Hello, my friend.

Cassie and I went to the cave and it looks great. 58 degrees but the humidity
makes it feel like 72.

I’m just going to play fifteen songs. My fifteen favorite ones. A dollar per
song. Plus Arnett Hollow. I don’t want to keep you underground for too long. Fall Creek
Falls State
Park State
Lodge is great by the way.

Yes I cancelled the South American shows. I’ll have to see the ABC Countries
another way. I guess I am moving over to another category. Screenwriting or
Muckraking. I’ve got to move on. Can’t be like all the careerists doncha know. I’m
forty two and I know what to do. I’m a writer, see?

Cassie is taking it the hardest. She’s a fan and a player but she sees how
happy i am with the decision. I always said we would stop before we got bad. If
I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to Shiny Happy
People. What, you thought I was going to hang on to the bitter end like
Marybeth Hamilton?

love david



Berman, of course, has always demonstrated ambivalence
towards his musical career. His bouts with depression and addiction probably didn’t
shore up his confidence as a public performer, either. Plus, he’s a published
author/poet, so he’s always had that other creative outlet looming in the
wings. Regardless, we wish him well in his future endeavors, and we hope to be
able to one day announce “the Silver Jews reunions.” These days, with so many
reunions seeming so random and pointless, we sure could use a few good ‘uns.


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