Get old, adapt, rock on…

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 –

I found a video of him singing that song in 2011, when he was 71, and there is more adapting but still mind-blowing. I won’t bother you with that video.

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 –

11 thoughts on “Get old, adapt, rock on…

  1. I loathe visiting hospitals for any reason, so I can sympathize there. And yes, it’s the staff I usually can’t stand. Love that you’re inspired by legends who are still doing their thing, and being a music lover myself, I’m glad you’re able to find inspiration in music world.

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    1. They are legends to you but they are my contemporaries and my history LOL It was only certain staff members that made me angry and it was because they are young and ignorant – irony, sarcasm and other assorted subtleties of language and usage is lost on them – they have not got a clue – sad.

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  2. Hospital personnel can seriously suck.

    I’d never heard of Tom Jones until I was in Turkey, of all places. A guy at the travel agency in a dinky little town liked to sing Sex Bomb, except he thought it was Sex Shop. Not quite the same thing…

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  3. Holy crap! What a fabulous find! I love that Hole in My Head song ~ TJ is incredible! Also listened to the compilation and it is interesting how his voice changed, though not as much as Leonard Cohen’s did, who sounded like a completely different person from his younger days. You know who else is still working last I heard. Gordon Lightfoot! He looks much more frail than TJ, but that voice still has it… ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I can’t comment on Leonard Cohen or Gordon Lightfoot – the only Gordon Lightfoot song I know is ‘Sundown’, as for Cohen, oh he is a standing joke between my husband and I – my husband (and his brother) are super freak Cohen fans and my reaction always is “Call the EMT’s I’m gonna slit my wrists!” I find the man’s lyrics a tad depressing LOL But – I have seen/read numerous interviews with him and I genuinely like him as a person. Last year Sir Tom was a judge on the UK series “The Voice” and the videos are just a delight…

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  4. I have to admire Frankie Valli– at 87 there are some days I don’t even want to get out of bed. (Just kidding, but I would totally lack the energy and enthusiasm for a “tour.” As to Tom Jones, I like his variety shows “This is Tom Jones” and later “Tom Jones.”

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    1. I would consider it a luxury to be able to spend a day in bed! You know, I don’t think I ever watched the Tom Jones Show – I think I pretty much stopped watching tv on a regular basis when I was in my teens – Once I got my own apartment I kept the tv in a closet, only took it out on special occasions LOL Once a friend had come over and wanted to watch a baseball game, I dragged the tv out of the closet and turned out it was broken. He said “How long has it been broken?” I said “I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve used it for 6 months.”


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