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Bach on the mountaintop

After that nice note the other day about my first book, “Back Page Stories,” I came across a copy of my second book,
“Yours Truly – a book of the blog,” a compilation of my first year of
blog posts, including my five month stay in France. My mother kept her copy by
her bedside and told me it was the best book she’d ever read, though since she
was not a great reader, and she was also my mother, that’s perhaps not the
review to put on the cover. 
I found this entry from Friday Feb.
22 2008. This was before I started to go to Macca concerts. I was 57.

 Not a rocking chair

My beloved Paul McCartney was
on the British Music Awards last night, getting an award and then playing a few
songs. He was wearing tight black pants, a mod little jacket and Beatle
boots, he and his band rocked and screamed and crooned, and I thought, “My God,
this man is nearly 66 years old!” He’s the age when people retire and settle
into their lazy boy chairs with the remote, join the shuffleboard team, buy the
skirts and pants with the stretchy waistbands and the comfy shoes and let it
all sag out. Not the Paul machine. There’s something absurd and fantastic about
the fact that so many boomer heroes – Eric Clapton, the Stones, the Who – just
keep going.
Paul’s voice was rough last
night, but his hair was a lustrous brown, and he jumped around looking pretty
damn great. I’m proud of the way we are redefining middle age. I can see us all
in groovy old folks communes, with state of the art sound and movie systems and
hookahs built into our Mag-wheeled, graffiti-splattered wheelchairs.
Rock on, Grandpa Paul.

Well, that’s not the image of a 66-year old – or of a grandparent – I have
today, that’s for sure!

Your inspiration for today, ageless readers – a  musician climbs a mountain with a cello on her back, to play Bach at the top.



2 Responses to “Bach on the mountaintop”

  1. alandmillen says:

    I enjoyed your McCartney flashback. Only 10 days until my 15th Beatle Week in Liverpool, this time around with my sister from Victoria and friends from Vancouver with whom I have shared a Beatle bond since 1964.

  2. beth says:

    Alan, how wonderful that you're going to Liverpool again. Have a fantastic time with your Beatle friends and family. Hope to hear how it was.

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