According to YouTube, Fran and Marlo Cowan had been married 62 years when this video was posted and Fran's 90th birthday was approaching in September 2008. It's obvious they have been doing this together for many years. Enjoy. (Hat tip to kenju of Imagine)
Thanks to Saul Friedman, who writes The TGB Reflections column, we now know about a terrific music website with the unfortunate name of upchucky.com which streams hit songs from individual years beginning with the 1940s. The site is a bit hard to navigate, but if you start here, scroll almost all the way down, the list of years is on the right under the heading, The Music Room.
Peter Tibbles of Melbourne reminded me that today is folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, and there is an extensive review of his long life at Wikipedia.
Let's celebrate with his performance at the Lincoln Memorial during President Obama's inauguration in January. Pete with Bruce Springsteen, the president and about a half million other people too – Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land. [5:19 minutes]
I have never been a fan of musician, singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, etc., Leonard Cohen. I don't dislike his work but for whatever reason, it doesn't speak to me much. But plenty of people think otherwise. The 74-year-old has been on a world tour – his first in 15 years - for the past year and it continues through the end of 2009. We'll start with a song from his first album, in 1967, that just about everyone is familiar with, Suzanne, this performance recorded during the current tour.
The real reason Leonard Cohen is included today is that my young friend, Stan James, of wanderingstan alerted me to a CBC interview recorded in Cohen's Montreal home in April. It is a leisurely, thoughtful conversation with an excellent interviewer which is long – 42:03 minutes – but worth getting a cup of tea or coffee and enjoying.
If, however, you are rushed for time, this link will take you to a four-minute segment where Cohen speaks quite eloquently about mortality and death. Here below is the full interview.