I recall several memories that have stayed with me for years. And they most likely will remain with me forever.
In no particular order, I remember being in the arena to see Leonard Cohen on his world tour to recoup his financial losses due to the illegal activity of his manager. At one point, he did the obligatory introduction of his band and backup singers. He stopped the music. Silence, putting the focus on the performer. He then told us about the person, taking 30 seconds to a minute for each person. It took a while. There was no sense of restlessness in the sold-out audience.
I compared this recognition at a Jesse Cook concert the following night. During Jesse’s recognition of the musicians, they played an instrumental while Jesse spoke, and the crowd clapped and cheered. I never heard their names or backstories, including learning about their hometown. The recognition was over so quickly.
Those two memories so close together made me realize Leonard Cohen’s mastery at commanding his stage with a genuine appreciation for the on-stage support.
Another memory, but at a much smaller scale, took place ‘On The Hill’ of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. I was walking on the path down the hill when I felt a tiny hand grasping my little finger as we continued. I looked down, and there was this little boy, hand raised to meet my finger, oblivious that he had grabbed the right finger from a wrong parent. I looked around and saw Dad walking a half step behind me, with a big grin. The three of us continued to the bottom of the hill when the little live music fan looked up.
His mouth dropped open, and thankfully his Dad stepped in to change fingers with me in the smoothest baton pass ever seen. Everyone was safe, and everybody knew it.
These memories were created with my wife in real-time. Bonus.
Please give this a bit of a think. If you could only carry a few memories through your old age and memory deterioration, which ones would you keep with all your life? Why were those so important to you?
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