I’m confused. What does “old” mean? Who is old and who isn’t?
Bob Seger, who will be 70 in May, starts his new tour in Nov. I’ve seen Bob Seger perform, 36 years ago, in 1978, when he was 33 years old–it was thrilling, he owned the stage, high energy and all that.
I hope he kills it this time around, too. One hopes he has good advisers who wouldn’t let him tour unless he was up to the task. Jagger and Sir Paul are even older.
Age, of course, is chronological, but in real life, it’s only part of the picture. Factor in your physical, mental and emotional condition, your place in the culture, how you define yourself.
70 used to be “too old” for like, everything, but now, apparently, it’s not the barrier it once was. One has to rethink: Is 70 really old, or did 70 used to be really old and now it’s not?
Old age is being re-defined by Boomers—our influence on the culture is still strong, and we are, as a generation, re-framing reality to fit our world view and our place in it.
Because that’s what Boomers do.
Ina Jaffe did a fun piece on “Morning Edition” about how to describe Boomers who are getting older: NOT as “Senior Citizens” or the “Silver Tsunami” or a euphemism like “Golden Years.”
Of course, I agree.
Here’s the piece, plus a poll where you can check off the terms you like, and ones you don’t.
Sunday’s L.A. Times:
Herbie Hancock, at the top of his game at 70. Big story.
Gustavo Dudamel, a phenomenon at 28. Big ad.
Dennis Hopper exhibit at MOCA . Pretty big story. Hopper died just days after turning 74.
Actual “age” isn’t that relevant.
The oldest, first wave boomers, the Zoomers, are already 64. And they don’t seem old at all.
70 sounds old, but if Herbie Hancock is 70, than 70 isn’t old.
Can I believe my lying eyes?
Sir Paul Has Spoken
“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”
Pat Benatar, what were you thinking?
Pat Benatar, who is 57 y/o, said recently in People Magazine that she couldn’t wait to be 60, “because you get to be ornery and salty.” I wouldn’t think that that is how a 60-year-old woman would want to be described. Or did she mean men, too? That everyone over 60 is ornery and salty? That’s even worse, because 1) it’s not true, and 2) it perpetuates a stereotype based on an untrue premise. (See #1, above).
Then she talks about retiring to Hawaii but also says that she’ll be singing “Heartbreaker” as they are closing her coffin.
I’m confused. Is she retiring or is she going to continue to perform, expecting people to pay to see an ornery and salty woman?
It’s a good thing she’s better at singing than she is at clear thinking.
Novelist Mary Higgins Clark on NPR’s “Here & Now,” sounding just fine at 82, re: retirement: “What am I going to do, take up bridge?”
Jane Fonda was talking about her “frisky” sex life on “Extra” last night. Later, She demonstrated some moves, and she was very impressive. Limber.
Merle Haggard was on today’s “Morning Edition,” and he’s 72, too. Recovering from lung cancer. His voice: it just ain’t the same. Numerous clips of the Hag’s oeuvre were played. At his peak, his voice was powerful, and now it’s wavy, and weaker.
Jane’s just as famous for being healthy as the Hag is for being a hell raiser, so you gotta factor in all that lifestyle, exercise, and diet. But genes count, too, and they are like the Lottery: you won’t know if you‘ve won or lost till they pull the numbers. Same with aging, you don’t know what you’ll be like at 72, till you get there.
Jane won, Merle lost.
Great article in Monday’s L.A. Times.
“Can We Live Too Long?” by Gregory Rodriguez.