Oh Helen, what a sensitive subject for me these days, as I am really feeling my age.
I asked James what song he thought of when I said “getting old”. Immediately he said “When I’m 64” by the Beatles. A few years back that would have been my choice also but since that number is behind me, I think I’ll take the opposite approach now.
Personal history of the song I chose. Along with many other therapists, for many years we did a 5-day long immersion-type therapeutic retreat called Experiencing Enough. Originally designed based on the belief that almost every single issue in people’s lives, as well as in the world, can be traced back to the mistaken belief that there just isn’t enough to go around for everyone. Siblings fight over scarcity. Marriages end. Companies fold. Religions compete. And wars are fought over this erroneous idea. (This was back in the 1980’s and 90’s when there still might have been enough. Now I’m not so sure…)
Anyway, one of the main songs we played and sang was Forever Young…to address the idea that there was not enough “time”.
So that is my song choice for this week’s theme. “Forever Young”, written by Bob Dylan.
Now comes the hard choice, whose version of this song?? So many amazing musicians have covered this classic. You can read about it on Wikipedia:
But I have to say, my favorite is still by Joan Baez. Here is an older version (with lyrics)
I encourage you to also check out the 2016 YouTube video of a Joan Baez concert called
All Star 75th Birthday Celebration
Joan and many other famous musicians who join her, put on a show that can change the way you look at aging. I found it so inspirational. The video is set up so you can click at the beginnings of each song (and each new performer that joins her), and skip ahead if you wish. Forever Young is the final song. Not the best quality but so worth watching. (Some night when there is nothing on TV if you must.) She is amazing and many of her guests are similar ages, so they are all models for aging with passion and beauty.