Going for the Gusto

I made a deal with myself a few years ago. For the rest of my life I will do what I want to do. I will “Suck the marrow out of life.” Enjoy my family and friends.

Now I suppose this sounds like a no-brainer for a person of my — um, age. But I’ve discovered how quickly time can go by.As Dylan croons, “Time is a jet-plane/It moves too fast.”  (You’re a Big Girl Now, from Blood on the Tracks.)

It does indeed, my friends.

Now I say all this, to tell you that life is short. Since I hit my 50’s, I’ve fit in a trip to Boston, one to Philly, and a week in New York City. I’ve been on a two-week road trip to Colorado with my sister-in-law.

I love concerts, so I’ve decided to attend every concert possible here in my pre-twilight years. The last couple of years, I’ve been to two Gregg Allman concerts, Lynard Skynard, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Leon Russel, The Sounds of Summer with Boz Skaggs, Michael McDonald, and Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, two Jason Isbell concerts, one of those with Justin Townes Earle, Hank Williams Jr., Hall and Oates, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Bob Dylan. I’ve been to see Joan Rivers. I’ve gone to comedy shows, theater, anywhere I could score a cheap ticket.

This may not seem like much to most of y’all, but I will confess that during the early 2000’s, I had to retire from teaching because of illness, an unexpected life change that hit me hard. I spent a year pretty much in bed due to health issues. I spent the time watching foreign films so my mind was engaged in reading the subtitles. I learned to get out there and enjoy life every day that I’m able to get up and walk.

I’ve finished a book, and am close to completing my second.

My husband and I are in the process of selling our house, giving away or selling over half of our possessions, and moving to downtown Mobile because I want to be closer to the writing groups and coffee shops where I love to read on open-mic night. I want to walk out of my front door and watch a Mardi Gras parade. 

Vernadean – up close and personal. She breathes fire!!!

I want to travel more, to write, to live life to the fullest.

So on the Sunday before Memorial Day, I kicked off the summer with a concert at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. 

The show started with Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist, followed by Styx and then Foreigner. As I said, I love nothing more than going to a live show. Especially at The Wharf. The crowds are good, the beer cold and the sound in this Amphitheater is fantastic.

What I really loved about this show was listening to favorites from my younger days that for some reason or other I had missed along the way. Want to feel seventeen again? Catch an act from your youth and let loose.

Felder, an amazing guitarist, delievered. And no, it wasn’t the Eagles, but still a stellar act. I loved singing along with the Southern Crowd on Seven Bridges Road, one of my all-time favorites. Tommy Shaw, lead singer of Styx, and a Montgomery, AL boy joined along for Hotel California.

Styx was also awesome, and though I had only listened to their radio songs, I enjoyed the show. Foreigner I knew a little better and their performance was top-notch.

This past Thursday, I went back to The Wharf to attend the Zac Brown Band concert. I’d been hoping to catch them since I heard The Foundation. What can I say? AWESOME!

Side note: If you haven’t heard the new EP by Zac Brown Band that was produced by Dave Grohl, you should check it out! It’s absolutely fabulous. The Grohl Sessions Vol. I

I’m having a great time! My wish for you dear readers: if you haven’t already, find the thing that makes you happy, makes you feel young, makes you smile and go for it!

And if you ever get down to Mobile and want to attend the oldest Mardi Gras parade, I’d love to have a drink with you!

Have a good one!


2 Thoughts to “Going for the Gusto”

  1. Suzanne Cleveland

    Sucking the marrow us SO much more passionate than seizing the day! Always look forward to reading what u write. Let me know when u want to go to the Crescent.

    1. Thanks Suzanne, I’m going to The Crescent tomorrow night to the premiere of local movie-maker, Terron Parsons’, Hayride 2. It’s a slasher film, and was made here in Mobile. Terron was one of AL.com’s 20/20 Vision people which spotlighted twenty people under thirty who are movers and shakers here in Mobile and the Alabama Gulf Coast. Let me know if you need anything in your work for The Crescent.

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