Joan Baez saved my day – again…

I’m a stuck- in- the-past music junkie.

I DO like some current musicians.  I just don’t LOVE ’em like I love the folks who helped (and continue to help) me grow up.


Cat Stevens

The Doors

Carole King

Paul Simon

any band with Clapton

any band with Stevie Winwood

Bob Marley

John Prine

and of course, Joan Baez

Joan Baez is who I turn to when nothing makes sense; when my heart’s been trampled on;  and when I really really really need to clean my base boards or ceiling fan.   I can just imagine her sitting in my living room saying, “Yeah, it sucks now.  It won’t soon. And oh – you missed a spot.”

She did it again for me today.

I got my first Senior Citizen’s Discount on an online purchase today.  Was psyched to save the ten bucks.  AND was bummed that I’m now one of Them.

I went to one of the few mirrors I have in my home and saw lines around my eyes and mouth and lots of gray hair.

Then I smiled – all the way up to my eyes because I knew what to do.

I pulled out one of m trusty Joan albums (yes, a REAL ALBUM) and listened to the whole thing in one sitting.  Then I looked up this Dylan cover on you tube.

Joan rocks.  And so do wrinkles, memories of what caused them, gray hair, what I learned as I got it,  vinyl and especially Senior Citizen Discounts.

7 thoughts on “Joan Baez saved my day – again…

  1. I LOVE Joan Baez!! How gracefully she has aged — an inspiration! Have you seen the recent PBS documentary about her? It’s called “How Sweet the Sound” & is available on Netflix. It’s wonderful.

  2. Hmmm….I always hate it when I ask for the senior citizen’s discount, and the person I ask about it never has the slightest doubt that I deserve it. But I do take some relief in knowing that Joan Baez is probably older than me. I hope Medicare is being good to her.

  3. THANKS for the tip, Phyllis ~ WILL find that video!

    not to fret Tom, she does have you beat by a few years. 🙂

  4. as one of them, welcome to the neighborhood – good go have you among us!!

  5. This was a wonderful way to start my day. I’m not quite old enough to earn senior discounts yet, but by the grace of God, I’ll get there!!!!

    I just returned from NJ where I attended my uncle’s funeral. He was 92 years old when he died…. and hearing Joan sing, I was reminded that he stayed FOREVER YOUNG to the end.

    I plan to live the same!!!!!

  6. I’m with you about the music of the past. The women who sing my soul are Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. I just listened to Laura’s “New York Tendaberry” for about the millionth time, and it still touches me to the core. She was so unique, so deep, and, ohhhhhh, that voice! Maybe old age won’t be so bad….we’ll hopefully reach a point where we can use it as an excuse to just lie there listening to great music and going places in our minds.

  7. thankyouthankyouverymuch, Carol 🙂

    Judi, i’m celebrating your dear uncle’s life with and for you. thanks.

    Mary Louise, yup – i can see us now! thanks for the image.

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