Last night, Ozzy Osbourne played at the Denver Pepsi Center. I didn’t go because it was a work night and I just can’t stay up that late anymore.
Ozzie and many other musicians have been out on epic tours, some for several years. Why the significance as that is no different than any other year? Because most of them are over the age of 60. They are still out there rockin’ it and kickin’ a$$ long after the rest of us are snoring in our beds.
Some ask “why?” “Do they need more money; don’t they have enough?” “That’s old news.” “Sick of that music.” (Seriously?!) Or “they are too old to be doing that”. The reality is that they are out there doin’ it because they LOVE it. Music is their passion, their reason for living. They live to make music, play music and perform music. And why not?
I recently saw a photo of Klaus Meine of the Scorpions that said “this is what 70 looks like”. If that’s 70, then everyone should aspire to that. 70 is no longer seen as the bent-over, shuffling wrinkled person with overgrown nose hairs. Check out Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style” and you will see photos of [yes, real] kick-a$$ older people living life to the fullest. “Old is the New Black” is the motto.
Older people have had enough of being pushed aside, told what they can or cannot wear, think, do or anything else a bunch of under-experienced brats have decided. Older people live, love, wear purple hair and have sex on a regular basis.
We are not dead yet.
It is a time to embrace your passions, to do the things that you barely had the time for when you were younger, to play, to have a loving relationship, to think, to feel, to honor yourself and speak out for what you believe in.
Or rock it at an Ozzy concert. Just remember to wear your ear plugs.