Our Aging Music: Embodied

Image“Monday Monday” was having a crisis about life and her work.  Having turned 48 recently, it just seemed too much for her.  For 48 years she said, “Can’t trust that day” and that day seems to have finally caught up with her.  “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” came over to comfort her.  She turned 47 years old and remembers how difficult it was for her to see the number 50 approaching, “I’ve lost my Sunday song, he’ll not be back again.”  “Happy Together” (49 years) heard the crying and thought that his title could brighten them up.   “You for me and me for you, no matter how they toss the dice it had to be…” always helped him work things out between he and his wife, “Elenore,” a few years younger than “Happy Together.”  She’s quirky in her own way.  She’s the only song I know of where “et cetera” is sung.

Ever since “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” passed away at 82, “Elenore’s” aunt, she spends more time alone.  She tried to reconnect with “Downtown” who at 48 years is still active, “just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
you’ll be dancing with ’em too before the night is over…happy again,” but “Elenore” just never got into those “rhythms of the traffic in the city.”

All of the gang was supposed to team up with “Groovin” who at 47 is feeling the aging thing a bit harder than the others.  “Song Sung Blues” at 41 was planning to host the party serving her favorite 44 year old wine, “Cracklin’ Rosie.”  They hope to have a good time looking back over the years.

Unfortunately, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Hello Mary Lou” and many of their other contemporaries will not be at the party because of early deaths. But happily, the music continues to gracefully age along with the rest of us.

I guess the Righteous Brothers were right after all, there is a rock ‘n roll heaven.

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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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