I recently Googled my way to an organization that I hadn’t known about before: Lifetime Arts. I recommend that you do the same. They have a great mission (and a great name). Among other accomplishments, they received significant funding to enable them to provide arts programming at a slew of libraries. I took a look to see if this might serve as a model for one of our Bergen County organizations such as Arts Horizons. The result was a little disappointing, for the great majority of the programs involved memoir-writing and reminiscence. As they said on Seinfeld, “not that there’s anything wrong with that,” but is every person over 65, or even 85, interested in looking back? I DON’T THINK SO! I live in the here and now, and in the future, however long that may be. When we stop anticipating, we’re maybe not dead, but certainly dead in the water.
My older sister Bunny (bunnybeck.com), is a jazz pianist. She plays parties, corporate and charity events, weddings and restaurant gigs and is increasingly busy. Her CD, “Sound Tapestries,” is available at J&R Music World. While she studied classical piano for many years as a child and teenager, she always had a feel for popular music. About 8 years ago, after a career that began in education and moved to psychotherapy, she decided to study jazz piano seriously, at an age when some would have us look back and reflect. Uh uh – she looked forward, and out came a different persona – one that I think is her true self.
How about you? In which direction are you looking? Tell us about it!