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It's Only Rock and Roll (for us oldsters)

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Sunday, August 3, 2008

The legend baseball pitcher Dizzy Dean once said, "I'm not the man I used to be, but who in the hell is?"

Diz was right. Age will sneak up on the body.

Yesterday, my wife Tera and I spent 12 hours, yes 12 hours, cleaning, sorting, rearranging and dejunking a detached garage. We  keep our vehicles in an attached garage, but the detached garage is where the hounds live and it became sort of a junk haven for me.

But Tera put her foot down on Friday night and decreed, tomorrow we attack the detached garage. And so we did.

Please understand that I have a huge dislike for spiders and long hours of manual labor, which is what pretty much characterized the day. But in the end, we accomplished what we set out to do.

That evening, around the TV, we both noticed that we were in pain. Tera, who is 18 years my junior, said her legs were hurting her. I said everything below my neck was hurting. We both took tylenol pm.

She went to bed early, whereas sat up and I watched a documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, on a Rolling Stones concert in NYC in 2007. There I was on the couch, stiff and in recovery mode, watching a 60-something Mick Jagger giving an aerobic tour de force.

I wondered, how do these guys (the Stones) do this.? How is  Keith Richards, who was the inspiration for Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, even still alive? But watching the Stones in action reassured me that guys in their sixties can still rock.

Which probaly doesn't say too much to old-time musicians and banjo players other than to keep on playing.

 Now I wonder if I could do Paint It Black in clawhammer.





3 comments on “It's Only Rock and Roll (for us oldsters)”

banjo_on_the_lump Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @2:59:12 PM

Go for it dude! All us ol' timers "feel" for you and your bride!! A recent shocking discovery is that there is a 19 year old living in my 60 year old body.

Can't help you with Paint It Black but do a pretty respectable California Dreaming in modal G.

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @9:28:30 PM

Eighteen years your junior?  I want one of those!

blamethebanjo Says:
Friday, August 8, 2008 @10:17:47 AM

Dean, the only thing I can figure is these older rockers still have that drive that keeps them going. I'll bet if they would admit it they have their Tylenol nights too. I watch Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform and they seem almost ageless at times. I wish the other two were still with us. I am sure they would be playing music as well.

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