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Live at Red Rocks – Rickie Lee Jones

Fellow BlogCritic Eric Olsen’s Warren Zevon article got me thinking about how much this stuff (music) means to me. I’ve got it around me nearly continuously. It marks my passage through time. I remember where I was, who I was with, and how I felt when old songs pop up…or when a favorite artist passes on.

Just a few nights ago I picked up a remaindered copy of Studds Terkel’s Coming Of Age. There were a few short poems tucked in before the table of contents, including the first part of Jenny Joseph’s “Warning:

    When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    And run my stick along the public railings
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other peoples’ gardens
    And learn to spit.

I kinda hope I can have that same spirit. Rickie Lee sure does. During a short break in the middle of the set-ending “Gloria” she says:

    “I was 12 when this song came out…

    And I have never forgotten.

    I will never forget…

    That’s why I will never get old.”


Have a nice weekend.

(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)

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  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Mark, music is easy to take fro granted until something forces you to really think about, don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, and all of that.