Saturday, July 09, 2016

"EVEN IF YOU`RE OLD AND GREY"..




It`s curious how events bring pieces of music to mind;  or maybe it`s the other way around and music sometimes seems appropriate to events.   For me, a recent example has been the aftermath, the backlash even, of the UK`s democratic decision to leave the European Union.   It seems that the younger generations who are largely in favour of remaining part of the EU have, amongst other targets, blamed us of the older generation for the decision to leave.

And so I turn to some sights and sounds of the `older generation` to make my point.   Back in 1988 one of the greatest bands ever were the Travelling Wilburys, pictured above. Left to right there`s Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, the latter two sadly no longer with us.  They produced some memorable songs and music, amongst which was `The End of the Line.`  It included some good lines, such as:-


Well it`s alright even if you`re old and grey
Well it`s alright,  you still got something to say
Well it`s alright, remember to live and let live
Well it`s alright, the best you can do is forgive.


......which seems somehow appropriate for the post Brexit days we live in.   But don`t take my word for it - here are the Wilburys performing their memorable version.  (Oh, and in the video look out for the empty rocking chair with Roy Orbison`s guitar leaning on it and the photo of him when he sings - it was a tribute to him as he died in December 1988, before the album was released).......




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