(breaking news: Taryterre will be missing from the net for a few days, internet/computer glitch)
Now, today as I see it:
No matter how new something is, there will be a last one produced. One day there will be, ‘the last car’, fueled by Gasoline.
One day you will either hand over your drivers license voluntarily or some will take them. Seriously, if you live long enough, there will come a time when you cannot do many things as well as you once did.
There are performers who do not know they have not only past their time, but are the butt of some bad jokes. How many sports heroes have tried to ‘comeback’ after their prime? In their mind they can still move as fast, punch as hard, swing a bat as well, or take a hit as they once did. I have said many times, unless dementia takes hold your brain does not age, it is this body and its abilities. So the brain must remind us, the body is not keeping up.
When a musician or entertainer gets to the point they will not practice ‘enough’, they will go down hill.
I watched Stephen Brannen on the guitar/banjo. He is GOOD, But only because he continually practices. Many older men and women want to fake it, and after awhile it catches up with them.
I had a OLD preacher once tell me, “Jack I am at a point in my ministry that I can stand and preach for 30 minutes, I require very little prep time anymore, I get inspired when I stand up there, and the words just come to me.”
A minister once told me of a friend who was a evangelist / musician who said, ‘the piano inspires me, saints love it. I can set down and start playing and the words just flow.’
I had a brother who could do anything with wood. He was an artist in wood. You want a wooden car? He could glue a stack of pressed board together and start grinding and cutting and produce a car. In his last year he built our mama a desk. Looking at it brought tears to my eyes, it looked like a 7th grader had built it, but in his eyes, it was perfect.
My worst fears came when I visited my mentor, in the chalk artistry field. He was pointing out some ‘beautiful(?) paintings’, “Jackie” he said, “I am amazed, my paintings get better and better.” He was showing me things he would have been ashamed of earlier, but to him they were great. I told Sherry, “I don’t want that to happen to me!”
I have said it before, this is my ‘Last presentation’.. I hope (I have enough sense to mean it). My performance is way down. I even forgot to take an important box of chalk and drop cloths this time. So I am gonna declare. “That was it”.
I am using this message & site to enforce my determination. Thanks for listening.
If people evolved from apes,
why are there still apes?
1930 Lincoln, what a beauty!