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Metalhead Turns 40

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When I was 10 I had some sort of vision, dream, sighting, whatever, that I would be dead by 40.  It stuck in my head all these years.  Since that year, I was never one to want to celebrate my birthday.  One reason is because of the silly fanfare that comes with such things.  I mean really, it is just another day.  While I don’t celebrate, I always call my mom and thank her for having me.

I don’t mind celebrating other people’s birthdays.  If they feel the need to make an event for it, I’m in.  We humans are social creatures after all.  This year I decided to throw myself a 40th birthday party.  To be truthful I’m uncomfortable about the whole thing.  I think it’s a bit narcissistic.  I probably am to some degree anyway.

But to be honest, I really never did think I’d make it to 40.  Well, it’s still 3 days away so there’s still time to not make it.  If for some oddball reason I didn’t make it to forty, at least I’d die with no regrets.  I’ve lived a pretty good life.  Accomplished almost everything I ever wanted to.  Lived and loved.  It’s been a good run.

If I make it to Saturday (2/27), then I’ll have to come up with a new game plan.  Especially with my 30s being a pretty incredible decade, the best one so far.  I’ve always lived as if this day or week is my last.  No matter what some silly vision I had 30 years says, today just could be the one. We have little control over that.

In the end, happy birthday to me.  It’s been nice knowing you.

UP THE IRONS.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Maybe you’ll get a replacement, there’s plenty like me to be found…

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Today I am ecstatic.  I just learned that Elton John is coming to Austin @ The Frank Erwin Center on April 10, 2010.  Tickets are $45-$125, which is pretty cheap all things considered.  I’m definitely going.  Sure, it’s a greatest hits tour, but many of those hits came from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which has been a lifelong favorite of mine and I’m sure to hear several from that record.  Like seeing Iron Maiden the first time, I’m sure this will be a memorable show.

As I have stated before, my older brother Robert was a big influence on me musically when I was a kid.  he got me into KISS, Alice Cooper, RUSH, Judas Priest, Uriah Heep and yes, Elton John.  Similar to what I wrote about in the Alice Cooper blog a while back, this album takes me back to far simpler times.  Either living in Camelot (yes, that was the name of our neighborhood) or on the farm, this album was listened to a lot by my brother and me.  It always takes me back to those good times.  It still amazes me how music can connect like that.  Even siting here just thinking about the intro to Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding I have goosebumps and am even getting a little choked up.  How un-metal of me!  But facts are facts.  Music gets me emotional…or rather I get myself emotional to music.  However one wants to look at it.

His collaborations with Bernie Taupin have been phenomenal.  On top of that, Elton is a great performer.  Flamboyant, funny, talented.

Seeing Elton live will close my concert circle a little more…you know…that list of bands that you always wanted to see but never got to.  Elton is one of them.  What’s even nicer is that I’ll be able to walk to the show…5 blocks!

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February 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm