User Tag List

12 Last

Results 1 to 10 of 11

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    MBTI
    infp
    Posts
    11

    Default Townes Van Zandt

    Any ideas on this song writer?


  2. #2
    Senior Member anticlimatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    MBTI
    INTP
    Posts
    1,307

    Default

    He's the only artist I listen to these days. Just bought the album "Our Mother The Mountain" on cassette for 30 bucks, because apparently there are all of 2 copies in existence available for sale online, and my truck can only play cassettes. Initially I had some buyers remorse, but after playing it about a hundred times on repeat I can say that it was worth every cent.

    Bob Dylan was marginally more talented (and way more had his shit together), but I prefer Townes any day. It's at once haunting and earthy and earnest and brilliant. Incredible life story, incredible talent.



    He was also Steve Earle's hero and mentor. This little story he tells always cracks me up:


  3. #3
    Sheep pill, broster asynartetic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    10,046

    Default

    I quite like him.
    Likes MDP2525 liked this post

  4. #4
    Senior Member D'Ascoyne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    231

    Default



    I'm thinking he was an INFP.

  5. #5
    Senior Member anticlimatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    MBTI
    INTP
    Posts
    1,307

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by D'Ascoyne View Post
    I'm thinking he was an INFP.
    I could see that. Definitely Fi, and strong enough that he doesn't really need to externally question or pursue it like an aux or tert. Plus he writes his songs really fast when he gets inspired, which speaks to strong Ne, drawing on Si imagery.

    Only reason I'd hesitate is his tertiary isn't that pronounced. Dylan you can tell is a Ni-tert by his style of writing, but Townes doesn't seem as Si heavy as say, Lana Del Ray. But maybe that's a product of his electro shock therapy...
    Likes D'Ascoyne liked this post

  6. #6
    Senior Member D'Ascoyne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    231

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by anticlimatic View Post
    I could see that. Definitely Fi, and strong enough that he doesn't really need to externally question or pursue it like an aux or tert. Plus he writes his songs really fast when he gets inspired, which speaks to strong Ne, drawing on Si imagery.

    Only reason I'd hesitate is his tertiary isn't that pronounced. Dylan you can tell is a Ni-tert by his style of writing, but Townes doesn't seem as Si heavy as say, Lana Del Ray. But maybe that's a product of his electro shock therapy...
    Re bolded - good points.

    I'll have to check out some very long-form interviews of TVZ when I've got some time and go from there. But I have a strong feeling for INFP.

  7. #7
    Rainy Day Woman MDP2525's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    MBTI
    ISTP
    Enneagram
    6w5 sx/sp
    Posts
    5,532

    Default

    He strikes me as ISTP. Possibly, INFJ with a strong tertiary Ti.

    I don't see Ne in him.

    His writing style isn't esoteric at all. He uses precise words and symbolism rather than metaphor in his writing. In fact, in his interviews he stresses boiling down words to their essence that each one is necessary. He valued succinctness.

    At least, if we are judging his personality by his craft...that is how I see it. His personality may be much different outside of that. He was bipolar and very much an introvert.

    There is a documentary on him called "Be Here To Love Me" that any fan should watch. He was very much a free spirit but also quite a drifter. Never staying in one place or with one person for very long.
    ~luck favors the ready~


    Shameless Self-Promotion:MDP2525's Den and the Start of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Likes D'Ascoyne liked this post

  8. #8
    Sheep pill, broster asynartetic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    10,046

    Default

    I just assumed ISTJ but I am not too familiar with the person behind the songs and I didn't bother to watch any of the videos in this thread.

    It's really quite a shame he never received the same level of recognition that was awarded to many of his contemporaries. He's what I call a musician's musician, meaning, while he has a following in popular culture, his biggest impact seems to have been made on other musicians. Like the Velvet Underground, before they became retroactively popular with the mainstream (Brian Eno is alleged to have said that although only 30000 people initially bought their first LP, every single one probably started a band after hearing it).

  9. #9
    Senior Member D'Ascoyne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    231

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    He strikes me as ISTP. Possibly, INFJ with a strong tertiary Ti.

    I don't see Ne in him.

    His writing style isn't esoteric at all. He uses precise words and symbolism rather than metaphor in his writing. In fact, in his interviews he stresses boiling down words to their essence that each one is necessary. He valued succinctness.

    At least, if we are judging his personality by his craft...that is how I see it. His personality may be much different outside of that. He was bipolar and very much an introvert.

    There is a documentary on him called "Be Here To Love Me" that any fan should watch. He was very much a free spirit but also quite a drifter. Never staying in one place or with one person for very long.
    On second thought, I agree with ISTP. I tend to mistake IP musicians-artists for F a lot of the time, which is dumb. I considered ISFP for a minute to see if I could shoehorn the Fi, but ISTP is the better fit.
    Likes MDP2525 liked this post

  10. #10
    Rainy Day Woman MDP2525's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    MBTI
    ISTP
    Enneagram
    6w5 sx/sp
    Posts
    5,532

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by D'Ascoyne View Post
    On second thought, I agree with ISTP. I tend to mistake IP musicians-artists for F a lot of the time, which is dumb. I considered ISFP for a minute to see if I could shoehorn the Fi, but ISTP is the better fit.
    I could see ISFP, also but I came back to Ti for some reason.
    ~luck favors the ready~


    Shameless Self-Promotion:MDP2525's Den and the Start of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Likes D'Ascoyne liked this post

Similar Threads

  1. Van Morrison - INTP?
    By substitute in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-03-2009, 05:22 PM
  2. A new NT in town!
    By Malcontent in forum Welcomes and Introductions
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 05-22-2009, 05:28 PM
  3. Moving to L.A. area later this year - Good neighborhoods/towns to live in?
    By pure_mercury in forum Home, Garden and Nature
    Replies: 100
    Last Post: 11-24-2008, 03:20 AM
  4. To those living in small towns....
    By ygolo in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 10-02-2008, 09:57 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO