Today at our RV church, a special singer (Dawson)was being featured, Sherry wanted to go early. I could not understand the words, but I could tell the ‘Old Guy’ was a seasoned performer. Just enough ‘patter’ between songs.
As I LISTEN WITHOUT HEARING, my mind wanders. I have thought many times, what happens to the pros of yester year? The locally famous but not a national name. Some die off in obscurity, others continue to do what they love to do as a charity. Pickers pick, singers sing, Dancers dance performers that love their trade love to perform on into their 90’s.
Friends Don & Evelyn used to park beside a famous guy who had a popular band. Roy Clark was his lead singer for awhile. He still liked to try. I met one guy in his 80’s who no longer did what he loved and I understood. His job for years was diving from 50’ into a barrel of water. He and his wife had separate homes in the same retirement community because they could not live together. He picked her up in the evenings for a date and dinner a couple times a week. (getting older you also learn some useless information,)
Vernon (Sherry’s big brother, Was once a quiet man, now will entertain folks with tricks and stories.
Sister Shirl enjoyed singing with Sherry’s Brother’s band and with Smoky and his group(as a volunteer) in her later years. Shirl still has a great voice but now volunteers with the Historical Committee.
(The entertainers, Shirl and the Smoky-one. Both still can entertain you)
As I watched the performance this morning I thought, In another life I was a public speaker and show-off. An entertainer of kids. (Then OLDER KIDS). Remembering I had stood exactly where this guy was singing just a few years back, entertaining some of these same folks with magic, trick drawings and Hymn illustrations under light.
Have you ever thought of the importance of ‘The Pause.’ I never mastered it, but I did use it. The art of ‘Saying nothing at times,’ and using a simple facial expression that says volumes. Red Skelton and Carol Burnett were masters of ‘The Pause.’
Transiting from story telling to writing has been difficult for me. It is hard to ‘write’ a pause that has the same affect. I read Rick (Life 101) and glean some pointers from a professional writer. I am taking my time and reading one of his books now. Rick is pretty good at expressing a pause.
However, I wonder about the feller sometimes, talks to dogs, chickens and trees.
I will continue this tomorrow. I haven’t mastered the typed word yet!
One can never learn until they realize, ignorance is not always Bliss.
Bring back the Clowns: