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This one triggers two memories, 30 years apart:
The time: July 1973 and September 2003
The place: Toronto suburbs, Canada
If you read the ‘D’ post, you’ll know that Hubby and I started dating in October 1971. By January of 1973, we knew we were meant for each other. (How sappy, yes?) The following is an excerpt from my article ‘How to Sustain a Love Relationship’, published in 2013:
We wanted to stay together, so I informed my parents that I wouldn’t be following their plan for college. (Yes, a big fight ensued but it was my life, after all.) I found a job to earn my keep. Nothing glamorous; cashier at a bakery, but it gave me some independence. A few months later, my sweetie and I rented an apartment. What fun to set up housekeeping together! Most beneficial; we saw each other in the “real world”, i.e. sans makeup, teeth not brushed, hair not combed, tired, cranky, etc., as opposed to just the “dating world”, where everyone looks and acts their best. We decided to get married in the summer and picked the first weekend of August, almost two years after that famous first date.
I had an anti-marriage bias and this was an impulsive “now or never” type of situation. With only two months lead time, we managed to pull together a formal Italian-style reception, complete with live band and multi-course feast. In the midst of this planning furor, we went to see the movie ‘Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid’. I was intrigued by the fact that Bob Dylan wrote the soundtrack and had a small role in the film. In my opinion, his songwriting ability far surpasses his vocals. It was a pleasant surprise to hear him perform ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ so well! We both loved the movie and eventually purchased a copy of the Director’s Cut for our home library.
I’ve been a Warren Zevon fan since his ‘Werewolves of London’ days in 1978 and was saddened by his terminal lung cancer diagnosis in 2002. Eschewing treatment, he instead decided to record one last album, ‘The Wind’, with several famous friends, including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Billy Bob Thornton. His poignant cover of Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ gets to me, every time. The record was released 12 days before his death on Sept. 7, 2003. He was only 56 years old.
R.I.P. Warren. ♥
Do you like Westerns?
Is Bob Dylan a good singer?
Do your mourn the deaths of favourite artists?
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