I hear Merle Haggard is recuperating in Bakersfield following surgery for a cancerous growth on his lung. Merle is one of the most soulful singers in the tradition of Lefty Frizell (as opposed to the crappy twangy pop junk that passes for country today). There aren’t many of those guys left. I did the drawing above — I don’t think it’s finished yet — to express wishes for a speedy recovery.
I also added him to my more or less endless stream of quotations.