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  1. Erik Erikson

    This was great Laurie. I’ve been pretty good about catching the bands of the late 69’s and 70’s as they go back out on the road and agree with the lessons you talk about here. One thing that really impresses me though is the growth in musicianship in virtually all of these people I see. Just because we might not have heard from them in a long time, they have obviously continued to hone their skills through the years and play better than ever. That is what I enjoy most in going out to see these bands again. I’m us d to my wife saying, haven’t you seen them already? I just laugh and say, yep, and I’m going to see them again. And I will keep going as long as they keep coming around. Will catch Edgar next time from sure.

    • Laurie Stone

      He was great, Erik. And I agree these guys only get better with time. There’s something about doing something all your life (with love and devotion) that makes you really, really good.

  2. I love the take away lessons Laurie! So true. And we can get so set in our ways and just stay at home thinking old rock legends are just well, old whereas they still ignite old fires within us and have lots to teach us still.

  3. I felt the same way after my husband and I saw Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) at a small venue a few years ago. Good gosh…could he sing and weave a story! And he pulls off black cool with a fedora so awesome!

    I loved this lesson – Edgar showed what dedicating your life to something does. It makes you a master.

    Here’s to what we’ve chosen to dedicate our lives to!

  4. I saw Carole King in concert in July at Hyde Park, London – she maybe 75 but she sure rocked the joint – and wore stunning heeled boots too!
    PS You’re never too old for leather 😜

    • Laurie Stone

      Linda, I love people who push back the aging boundaries. We also can’t forget the good old Rolling Stones for showing all of us how to rock our later years!

  5. Damn it! I agree, leather pants might need to be back in my wardrobe (Well, vegan leather for me). F’ it! And who cares, especially here in LA there are no rules.

    Great reminder to rock on!

  6. It’s so true about art of any kind getting you pumped. For me, too, music really kicks butt in this regard. In recent years, a Roseanne Cash concert just slayed me and got me out of a bad place in my mind. Great post, Laurie, great life lessons here. P.S. Superb editing job on the wasted reference. 😉

    • Laurie Stone

      Lee, Thank you for appreciating my deft editing on the “wasted” sentence. I agree how music lifts us out of our doldrums. I hate to admit it, but it might be a higher art form than writing since it reaches more primal places. You never know. (Don’t repeat that to our blogging friends).

  7. My daughter and I went to see Cindy Lauper and Boy George this year and it was awesome! They made me feel like I was back in the 80’s rocking out…these older bands and people still have it and the still enjoy what they are doing…unlie some of the new ones out there….

    • Laurie Stone

      I love hearing artists who have dedicated their lives to making music. It really shows. I’d love to see both Cindy and Boy George! Will have to look out for them.

    • Laurie Stone

      Laura, I believe art does save lives. We know there’s someone out there who feels like we do. Thanks so much for commenting.

  8. Hi Laurie – no you are never too old for rock and roll! My husband and I were groupies and followed Roger Waters and The Wall tour in Germany. We went to two shows in Brisbane, Australia then it was such a fantastic show we worked into our itinerary for our Europe trip to see him in Dusselfdorf and Berlin. Fantastic experience! Yes we can still wear leather for sure!

    • Laurie Stone

      Sue, I love the idea of following a rock band around. We have the freedom in this time of life. Why not?

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