Last night I went to hear Sandy perform in the local orchestra (French horn forever). It was a combination concert with the Swing Band, so they played lots of Bennie Goodman, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
Their scheduled vocalist was out sick, so a very dapper man in his 70’s was called in to be the soloist. He wore high-waisted baggy 40’s style pants and a fedora, and he gave new life to the old classics. He had me crying at “What A Wonderful World”. He didn’t hit or sustain every note but he was passionate and he knew what he was singing about. My voice teacher always said he’d rather hear a thousand imperfect but heartfelt performances, than a single lifeless, “perfect” one.
The audience was 98% over 75 years old (I was the kid! that never happens!) and when they heard these familiar tunes, they were tapping, clapping, snapping, and smiling. It’s like 20 years was subtracted from their age. Pure joy via music, and companionship. What a wonderful lesson for when I get grumpy about aging, and think all the fun stuff may have already happened. Put on some music and start clapping, and don’t be Dead Yet.
As for the style thoughts, I recently read that when we get the urge to buy, sell, purge, and feel restless about our closets, it may mean it’s time to shake up something else in our lives. Time to try a new recipe (for those of you cook!), a new song, or hairstyle, or volunteer at something random for a day. The urge to be impulsive about our clothes will pass as other interests flow in.
That urge might also mean it’s time to clean out some closet riffraff. Right now I’m contemplating my duplicates (five black tees, e.g.). A useful guide comes from stylist Bridgette Raes: put these duplicates side by side on the bed and choose your favorites. Imogen’s magic question is “Under what circumstance am I going to choose this piece over something else that I always go to?” Your favorites will pop out, and you can sell/donate the others without missing them.
Have a wonderful weekend, see you at Visible Monday, and stay fabulous,
Here are some cool pieces I tend to accumulate:
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