I once told a friend that if the sunlight on my bookshelf could sing and play guitar, it would sound like M. Ward. And it adds to the comfort and familiarity of his music that he kind of looks like a hobbit.
There's some better music than the awful Ewok panpipe tooting in the Lord of the Rings movies.
Jonathan Richman opened for him at the Fillmore in San Francisco last night. What a treat to see up close a music legend having a good old time being himself.