Below is something I wrote six years ago...
Just some thoughts:
Have you ever wished “You didn’t know now, what you didn’t know then?” Oh my.
This year was the 20th year for the Vinny. The Vinny is a three day celebrity/professional golf outing put on each year here in Nashville, Tennessee by country music singer Vince Gill. I have worked that event since moving to Nashville in 2002. It is a great time. Over the years with the likes of Palmer, Nicklaus, Miller, Watson and many other PGA tour players coming to play. The golf is great, but the music each night is unbelievable. Following each day’s play Vince and many of his music buddies get together and play for the folks, and I mean, play they do.
This year was just like all the others, special, but even a bit more so for me. After play the second day about halfway through Vince’s music set, he said, “Bob, come on up here and let’s do some stuff together for the folks.” Vince was speaking to none other than Bob Seger. Now, I am a huge fan of Seger’s. If you ever listen to the words of his songs, wow, can he put his finger on the pulse of one’s emotions and feelings. Seger, with practically no words, climbed up on the stage under a huge tent, strapped on a guitar and with four licks into the song, the place about came unglued with “Old Time Rock n Roll.”
“Just take those old records off the shelf; the music ain’t got the same soul.” You would have thought we were all back to the days of Dick Clark and American Bandstand. I kid you not; folks were climbing on the tables and dancin’.
One of his greatest efforts for me is his song, “Running’ Against the Wind.”
Janey was lovely. She was the queen of my nights,
There in the darkness with the radio playing low
And the secrets that we shared.
How the years rolled slowly past, and I found myself alone,
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends,
Find yourself further and further from home; oh, so many roads.
Didn’t worry about payments or debt,
Find ourselves seeking shelter from the wind, now got so much to think about,
Deadlines and commitments, what to leave in and what to leave out.
Well, I’m older now, but still runnin’ against the wind.
You know, I think regardless of one’s age… there will always been a “Janey” and always a wind to run against.
June 26, 2010