Every day there are fewer people from my time left. I remember my mom saying at the very end of her life, ‘There is no one left alive who knew me as a girl.’ Now mom’s been gone almost of a quarter of a century. I was in my 50’s then and I’m eighty-two now. That’s a lot of time to consider what late in life really means. So much for the days of summer, right?
Now I’ve talked about this before but because the rest of my immediate family is considerable younger than I have been spared the fate of being consigned to the purgatory of lamenting things that might have been with other people my age.
The clock keeps ticking and every day a new obituary pops up. I just saw today that Gina Lollobrigida just past. Gentle but brazen beauty from a simpler time. Closing the door to that memory room is yet one more simple goodbye to the past! Jeff Beck died recently and it is more than sad that he passed at what I consider to be such a young age. I did not know Jeff, never hung out… never even met the man. In that light his passing affected me far less than Steve James slipping into the abyss of time. Steve was my friend not a cultural zeitgeist and that’s just the way it is.
There are still a lot of people still alive who knew me as a boy although as I said at the beginning of this article the number dwindles almost daily. Those of us who have reconnected at this late date find that even though our lives may have evolved in different universes at the end we are bound by a simple fact… we were young together.
The good news is that there is way more to life to tying the past in neat bundles to be unpacked every now and then. Every day is still a new adventure and there are challenges yet to be accepted. 2023 is still a blank slate more than less. G_d willing there is some really good stuff in my future this year. Bucket lists to check off, dreams to fulfill and projects to manifest. Lots of touring coming up. Places to go and people to play with. Jack and I have some fun stuff in the offing and well, it’s good to be busy at any age.