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1 02 2012

It’s Philip Glass’s birthday today.

I went through a period in grad school where I listened to this cd every day. It was not a good period. Did the music make it better, or worse? Or did I just ride it through?

Anyway, I like Glass, but wouldn’t mention his birthday were it not also my birthday. I’m not as old as the composer, but I almost certainly have more days behind me than in front of me.

It’s odd: to think of one’s life as more than half over but also simultaneously to realize I’ve lived a long time and I’ve got a long stretch in front of me.

I turn around and look at my life and say sing-shout My god, what have I done? but I don’t ever think, wow, that was quick. It’s been a trek, a slog, a marathon, a sojourn—anything but a lark.

Perhaps that’s the one upside to living so much of my life down: I’ve felt so damned many jolts and jangles on my wayfaring through the days that looking ahead the end does not seem near; a bumpy path is a long one.

No guarantees, of course—Mayan apocalypse 2012!—but absent the end of the world or a Newt presidency (do I repeat myself?), well, as Emmylou sang, I’ve still got a ways to go.

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7 responses

1 02 2012
dmf

happy bday abbeats, probably on the downhill slope now myself and as one who never took getting this far for granted I’m still always given pause when I consider another 30-40, hope the day treats you well

1 02 2012
absurdbeats

Ha, I just looked at the date—and I apparently never changed my WordPress clock, because while I wrote this on the 31st, WordPress recorded it as the 1st.

Anyway, my birthday was. . . a Tuesday.

1 02 2012
dmf

belated bday wishes are my specialty

1 02 2012
BenjaminTheAss

Happy Belated Nine-Months-Since-Conception Day!

1 02 2012
BenjaminTheAss

Also, in case you’ve never heard or read it before: you will love David Ives’ Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.

1 02 2012
absurdbeats

Thanks, both of you. And BTA—oooh, I’ll check it out!

2 02 2012

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