|The Avalon Theater|
Of course, that month has come & gone, & I’ve now been in Portland for just over 6 weeks. Yesterday I went out for a tour of the Belmont neighborhood, also in Portland’s southeast quadrant. I have applications in on the waiting lists for a couple of subsidized housing places in that general neck of the woods, & I’ll also be giving my first Portland performance there on Friday, October 7th at the Bare Bones Café!
|If you're in the neighborhood, stop by on 10/7/11!|
Now I should be clear: I really am not looking to become a hipster! No piercings, no skinny black jeans, dyed hair, & no tattoos—never did get one, tho I considered it at various times. At this point, I can’t think of any statement or image I really want indelibly inked on my person, & I also realize that—given age & the inevitable state of disrepair that comes with that, I can’t say my person as it is now configured is really a suitable canvas for body art. As far as the rest goes—hey, I've dressed/presented myself to the world in a similar way for years, & I'm not about to change now! There is nothing quite so ridiculous as a middle-aged (or older) man who tries to disguise himself with the outward appurtenances of youth.
|Just your usual neighborhood record shop/cocktail lounge|
The thing is tho: at my age, what does it mean that I would want this? Shouldn’t I be looking for a suburban home to suit my late middle age? Fact is: that’s just not in the cards, if for no other reason than because of financial realities. I accept that. From here on out, life is going to be a case of making do. It will involve living in subsidized housing—which is often (but not always) in so-called “transitional neighborhoods,” or it may include living in shared space—something I certainly associate with a younger time of life. I really feel ok with this. In fact, it’s an exciting prospect! Because the other thing is this: my life has probably come to this pass because of the way I've lived it—the decisions I've made, the way I've interacted with the world, the mistakes I've made & maybe even some of the things I did wisely.
|Always a welcome sign: no lack of java on this street!|
Anyway, not sure if these thoughts are coherent or interesting to anyone but me, but at least there’s a great song for your enjoyment. Speaking of hip: no one could possibly be much more truly hip than the late, great Blossom Dearie, who tells us all about it in this great song. As you may know, the song was written by Dave Frishberg, for my money about the best songwriter going, as well as a talented jazz pianist, & no slouch as a vocalist either, especially on his own songs. & he’s a fellow Portlander!