Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Passion Party #134 - 50 years, plus 1

1959 was quite a year.
I was seven years old.
My parents filmed my birthday party with a Kodak hand held 16mm movie camera they had bought for $65.00
The world was new, and still growing, still full of discovery.

Westerns and Rod Serling were on the TV.
Hawaii and Alaska became our 49th and 50th states.
Doris Day and Frank Sinatra topped the pop charts.
Disney released "Sleeping Beauty", Alfred Hitchcock directed "North by Northwest" with Cary Grant, and Billy Wilder unleashed "Some Like It Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

It was a year that, looking back, many people say was the Golden Age of modern jazz. We saw the release of
-Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
-Giant Steps by John Coltrane
-Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Fifty years from now,
when our children, or our children's children look back at the end of this decade
(The Oughts? The Naughts? The "00's"? Maybe the Ought Nots?)
what will they see? What will they remember?

And can I live that legacy today,
a life worth living
a life worth remembering
a life worthy of greatness?

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