Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Aging has been on my mind lately. That's not surprising given that my parents are in their 90s. But the real jolt came at a Bonnie Raitt-Lucinda Williams concert this month. While Raitt at 72 met the expectations I had built up over 45 years of fandom at a distance, I gasped when an escort guided Williams to a mic stand onstage. She clutched it as she sang, motionless and guitar-less, for the entire set. I learned from a quick phone search that she is 69 and had a stroke in 2020. That was a blinding reality flash about aging and fragility " a moment that makes you think about what's ahead and, whether you're a musician or a writer or a politician, how you can never know.
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