"That proved to be an incredible adventure
and the beginning of many treasured times spent traveling and photographing
him over the decades to follow.
I even made it to Positano, Italy, when he lived there...He said it was time
I had a photographic show in Europe and orchestrated a month long
exhibit of my photography at the only 5 Star hotel in the entire country. It
was during that visit that I photographed him single-handedly saving
Positano's only boat pier after a sea storm tore it loose from it's
In the 90's we both lived in Canada at the same time for several years (on
opposite coasts). When he decided to move back to Austin one of the first
people he ran into was my son, Brook Park. Brook had teethed listening to
Shawn's music on headphones and had loved him from age two when they'd spent
time stomping in mud puddles together, created by Shawn washing the large
motor home he toured in, outside Armadillo World Headquarters."
told Brook he needed a place to live, and Brook responded that I'd bought a
condo from Willie Nelson which had just been vacated in Briarcliff, 23 miles
from Austin. It was in the hill country, with a great view of serpentine
Lake Travis...it turned out Shawn knew the Briarcliff area and already
planned to build himself a home there!
So....I became his landlady for the next several years until he bought
property and got that place completed! He settled into my condo just
days before having emergency bypass surgery. I felt so grateful that the
universe had connected us all again with perfect timing and he had a
peaceful, healing place to recover from that heart surgery."
<<- Merri Lu made the bolo tie Shawn is
piece of sea-smoothed Italian ceramic tile, which she'd found on the beach
in Positano. It resembles Shawn's astrological sign, Aquarius, and also
turned out to compliment his new guitar strap..
Above: Shawn's first show after the
boating accident. Read
Rolling Stone -
the Hair Adventure