Amélie and Leo

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10 things every thirty something should have. .(in my humble opinion)

  1. A barber that you can trust, someone who knows you, your style, and what you need.   Visit him every six weeks if you can.
  2. A tailor that can do exactly what you need, someone who can work with your most valued items of clothing, you’re trusting him / her to cut them after all.
  3. A cobbler or someone to repair your footwear.   Your feet are important, especially if you’re out and about walking.   It took until I was 35 to realise that leather soles in Scotland are useless.   Rubber soles are what you need.
  4. Tradesmen.   Thats right, a reliable joiner, plumber, painter, plasterer and tiler.   You never know when you’ll need them, you can’t do it all.
  5. A library card, use it!
  6. Subscription services to music streaming services and / or movies and / or TV shows.
  7. A signature aftershave / cologne.   Something that you can wear anytime, day or night – or have both – one for daytime and one for those special evenings.
  8. Crisp White Shirts and t-shirts, you can never have enough.
  9. An interest in something of good quality:  whisky, coffee, cigars, watches, cars, wine, something that is created with care and love and skill.
  10. A suit that fits.   See point 2.

The Games People Play

The games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean
While they while away the hours
In their ivory towers
’til they cover them with flowers
In the back of a black limousine

We make one another cry
Break a heart then we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and hope to die
That the other was to blame
Neither one of us will give in
And don’t you know it is a sin
When you think of things that might have been
Well it’s a goddamned shame

People walking right up to ya
Singing Glory Hallelujah
And they try to sock it to ya
In the name of the Lord
They teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope and see all your fate
And it’s almost to Hell with hate
Come on brother get on board

So look around you tell me what do you see
What’s happening to you and me
God gave us this serenity
But he said remember who I am
For you’ve thrown away your sanity
For your pride and your vanity
Turned your back on Humanity
And you don’t give a damn

Sneaking Out The Back Door

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Well I never been good at goodbyes
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Nobody can say that I didn’t try
Gonna sneak out the back door
Let it ride, let the whole thing slide
Drift far from the shore
Don’t wanna be missed
Didn’t even exist
I’m gonna sneak out
Sneak out the back door

And when my life is over
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Before the mood turns sober
I’m gonna sneak out the back door
Hadn’t much of a “Midas Touch”
No luck to be sure
Would you give my regards to the people in charge
While I sneak out
Sneak out the back door

A perfect goodbye to an old family friend.   Everyone has that family friend that you can call your ‘uncle’ or ‘aunt’ even though they are not related by blood, they are always there, and always great fun to be around.   This was Jim, he was uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn (and Bob, Mitzi, Jura and Jess – the four legged friends).

The memories I have of my younger days of being up in Aviemore will always be a part of me until the day I sneak out the back door.   We often stayed with them in Glenmore in the summer as children and young adults, we watched movies with them, we went walks with the dogs, we travelled throughout the highlands, we enjoyed the holiday photographs on the large projector, we were captivated by the long conversations about live and recorded music.

Only recently after having Amélie and Leo I saw a different side to Jim, I saw a more fatherly side to him that I had never noticed with the dogs.   He was caring and held my children with so much love.   Perhaps he knew he wouldn’t be around for ever, and so had to take these times as precious as we all should remember to.    I’m so glad my children were able to meet with Jim, Amélie was so sad at the funeral, she was very fond of him and “He made her laugh”.   She’ll miss him dearly as will we all.

I am glad and honoured to have known Jim, the gigs I attended with him were always excellent and they always remained the best gig he had ever been to, until the next one.

We were lucky enough to catch many gigs throughout Celtic Connections as well Oh Susanna, Neal Casal, Josh Rouse, Hazy Malaze, Slaid Cleaves, Tom Russell, Ravi Coltrane, and many many more. . .  So, now its time to say Goodbye to an old friend, I’ll always take his memory to gigs he would’ve been at, and I’ll always cherish the times we shared.

See ye up the road ya rascal mccaskill!