He talked about the last time Warren Zevon was on Late Night, shortly before he died of cancer in 2003. They were in the dressing room after the show. Chatting.
Warren Zevon. Was dropped from his record labels again and again and again as critically acclaimed albums were commercial failures.
"Here's a guy who had months to live and we're making small talk. And as we're talking, he's taking his guitar strap and hooking it, wrapping it around, then he puts the guitar into the case and he flips the snaps on the case and says, `Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it.' And I just started sobbing."He was giving me the guitar that he always used on the show. I felt like, `I can't be in this movie, I didn't get my lines.' That was very tough," Letterman said.
Yet he kept making more and more amazing music.
And had such amazing friends.
And did not seem to be a douche.
How did he not get discouraged and turn into a bitter ass?
I get so discouraged sometimes. How do I not turn into a bitter ass?