The Perils of Aging for Men

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By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

I’ve never been big on birthdays.

Since I was young, March 26th has really just been another day in the year for me.

But on my last birthday I arrived at what most people consider a significant aging milestone.

I turned 65.

With the exception that I would now be eligible to use the Medicare card the U.S. government had sent me earlier in the month, 65 didn’t seem any different than 60, when I started a 4-year stint as a DC-based educational consultant. Or than 64 when I decided to devote myself to freelance writing. Or than 59 (when I retired from my instructional career in education after 30 years) for that matter.

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The Great Story of … Wait … I Forgot What Is Was

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By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

As a new member of the Over 65 Club, I think everyone younger than me (and that’s a whole lot of people) should come up with a plan to remember things. In fact, I strongly suggest you design that plan as soon as you finish reading this article.

That way, you won’t forget.

Now I know what many of you are saying: I don’t need a plan … my memory will always stay sharp and focused. Well, I felt that way once, too. But I was so much younger then – say like 63 or 64.

Now however, like the Ancient Mariner of the famous Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem or the lone surviving whaler called Ishmael in the classic novel Moby Dick, I have returned to offer you a warning.

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For Eric Burdon, Singing Is Still a Spiritual Sound

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By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

At age 75, he may need some assistance from a cane and the strong left arm of a loving wife to get from the dressing room to the backstage area. But once he hears the music and strides onto that stage he prowls. He growls. He moans and he howls.

He becomes the iconic, irascible Eric Burdon, the Hall of Fame rock and roll blues belter, who for more than four decades has been the voice of the much-beloved British Invasion band The Animals.

Recently, Burdon and the latest members of the Animals (all of whom were still more than two decades from being born when Burdon started his series of hits with “The House of the Rising Sun” in 1964), headlined the Flower Power music cruise, a five-day floating Summer of Love music festival sailing around the Caribbean.

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Cruising, Music, and Baby Boomers

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

It’s almost a certainty that in 1959 when Frankie Ford sang the line from his Top-20 hit “won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise” he couldn’t have imagined that in the 21st Century those words would apply to the new, floating, multi-day music festivals now offered by several major cruise lines.

In fact, as Baby Boomers reach retirement ages, nostalgic music-themed cruises are one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise business.

There are now cruises devoted to single artists (Elvis Presley, Kiss, Lynard Skynard), genres (heavy metal, blues, southern rock), decades (50s, 60s, 70s), and themes (rock legends, Where the Action Is)

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Woodstock with Waves: Why Music Cruises Are A Big Hit with Baby Boomers

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

If you’re a Baby Boomer who still loves the music of your youth and also sailing the Caribbean, then music cruises may be for you!

One of the fastest growing trends in the cruise industry is themed excursions and those offering floating music festivals at sea are among today’s top sellers. Although music has always been part of the cruising – think the orchestra on The Love Boat – today’s music offerings aren’t anything like those Lawrence Welk days of yore.

Today, you can cruise for five to seven days with classic rock era bands and artists ranging from Chubby Checker to the Beach Boys to Herman’s Hermits to Yes to America to Peter Frampton providing the live soundtrack for your sea travels.

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Living Where You Love Vs. Living Near Your Grandkids

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Recently, Judy, my wife of 44 years, and I experienced a difficult family situation probably best captured by a rephrasing of the oft-repeated lines from the popular song by the British band The Clash – Should we stay or should we go?

Specifically, we had to decide if we were going to remain in Atlanta, Georgia, where we had moved to spend 15 months to be close to our two grandchildren, or return to the Washington, DC area, where we had lived for the previous four-and-a-half years after we retired from our regular careers in the state of New Jersey.

Of course, our situation wasn’t unique. In this contemporary world, where families relocate frequently for work or retirement, it is a dilemma faced fairly regularly. Our friends were eager to offer advice and the Internet was full of guidance. However, we both knew we would have to make the final decision.

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If 2016 Had a Theme Song, It Would Be ‘All Things Must Pass’

By Dave Price

1st Published in Booming Encore

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Under a somber November sky, as they waited for the plane arriving into Washington from Dallas, author Mary McGrory turned to then presidential aide, later-to-be Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan and famously said: “We’ll never laugh again.”

“Oh Mary,” Monihayn replied. “We’ll laugh again, but we’ll never be young again.”

While McGrory and Moynihan were talking about the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the sentiments expressed seem equally appropriate for so many of us Baby Boomers as we look back on 2016, a brutish year for music which claimed so many performers who had provided us with the soundtracks for our lives.

In fact, it seemed at times that 2016’s main intent was to drive home the fact that while the music of our younger days might last forever, the musicians who created it wouldn’t.

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