You may recall that I’ve said almost everything reminds me of a song or a poem. Last night I said in a comment “I’ll never write again.” Instantly the song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” by Dionne Warwick started playing in my head.
The sidebar on Youtube included the suggestion of Tom Jones “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, a completely different song by the way. I had to play that video, and I recalled how much I love that song, often playing it on a loop, and what an incredible voice Tom Jones had, and even now at 81 still has. And he is still performing, and while he has adapted to age-related vocal changes, he is still rockin’.
Over the weekend I read an interview with Frankie Valli, the man is 87 and still touring! Holy Crap! I’m willing to bet good money that any venue he plays is MOST definitely ADA compliant.
Back to Tom Jones, who BTW – is, at age 81, currently on tour across England with his NEW album. There is a video of the song “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” – a compilation of him singing it over the years – 1967 when he was 27 years old, 1989 when he was 49 and 2001 when he was 61 – if you care to listen you will hear how he adapted – it’s a song that takes a lot of vocal power –
My point is not just that Tom Jones had a phenomenal voice, or that he sang EVERYTHING – pop, rock, gospel, R&B, country – but that as he aged he adapted and kept on keeping on – doing what he was oh so good at and something he quite obviously enjoyed just for the love of it (nevermind the pots of money he’s made). It has put a bit of a fire under me. I had a bad day yesterday dealing with hospital personnel, the procedure went just fine, it was the interpersonnel parts that didn’t go well – I came home madder than the proverbial wet hen.
My living situation sucks, and it has sucked for a long time now. I can’t change other people, and I can’t change the basics of my situation (where I live) but I can change me. I can adapt, I can find a way to rock on (Hello David Essex). I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I will.
I mentioned that Tom Jones had a new album he is touring with, yeah well here’s a single from that album, talk about adapting –