"And the sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older, shorter of breath and one day closer to death."
"Cheer Up, Rog."
I don't love my birthday. It has nothing to do with getting older. Well, not now it doesn't, and hopefully it won't ever bother me. I swear on a stack of Who Sell Outs it's just because I just don't like the attention. Or to be clear, I don't like that type of attention. Obviously, I'm drawing attention to it with this post. But I am in control of it all, and that works for me.
My ideal way of celebrating anything---Christmas, Birthday, Old Stuff Day (also today, by the way), a 30% Off Sale At Raymour & Flanigan---is pulling up a bar stool with a few of my favorite people and having a few pops while some amazing music plays. A good view of an ocean on a hot summer day ain't bad either. I don't need a cake, or gifts or a special meal. All wonderful things, they are. But it makes me uncomfortable when that extra effort is put in all on one day, especially when I have people in my life who do stuff like that all year round.
I know not everyone feels this way. That's okay. Some of the greatest times imaginable have been celebrating the birthdays of friends. But that's because the attention is on them and I can just watch them enjoying it all.
It's another year, and as you can see, little has changed...except maybe my choice of beverage.
I don't mind. I have no complaints.
Today, let's celebrate my way. Have a pop and listen to this mix.
Cheers to all of you.
Good health, good food, good booze and good music.
And Your Bird Can Sing- The Beatles
Sunny- Bobby Hebb
Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead- Ultravox
A Shot In The Arm- Wilco
Sherry Darling- Bruce Springsteen
Achin'- The Plugz
Ace Of Spades- Motorhead
The Collector- Nine Inch Nails
Rats In The Cellar- Aerosmith
Stay- David Bowie
Long Away- Queen
I Can See For Miles- The Who
Mercy Mercy Me- Marvin Gaye
Elenore- The Turtles
Cowboy Song- Thin Lizzy
(Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me- The Walker Brothers
Angel Eyes- James Booker
Black Muddy River- Grateful Dead
Stardust- Nat "King" Cole
September Song- Tim Laughlin
Just One Victory- Todd Rundgren