Last night I got a call from a good friend and coworker. She is a singer and we had a lot of great gigs together at fun events over the years. We never talk a lot, but whenever we do we discuss just about anything. This conversation turned out to be quite different from our other talks because of the things she is currently going through. She was diagnosed with diabetes. The last couple of gigs we had together she would often voice to me that she was tired and would ask me to take over the rest of the show for her. She told me last night that recently she has suffered through a lot and would turn to God to ask “Why me?” She said that she still endures moments of suffering and she is in need of a kidney transplant. I told her that as we all go through life all of us will soon miss “what we used to be.” I told her that life goes in cycles and that nothing is guaranteed to last forever. However, it doesn’t mean that life is over, either. I told her my story of the “Funk Brothers,” those legendary musicians who actually “played AND wrote” a lot of those Motown classics that became hits. Years ago I was on the same program with these guys, and while it was a great honor for me to share the stage with them part of me felt bad when watching them actually try to “play” the hits that they had made famous. It seemed like a struggle for some of them to move their hands fast enough to even play the songs. Age had reached them and a great as they were back in the day the magic was beginning to fade… Soon all that will be left of them will be old videos and recordings of the great things they accomplished. I told my friend last night that as long as she can still sing and perform then her career is not over. This is only a test, and her response to it will determine just how much further she can go. We have “earned all the aches and pains associated with getting older,” and we have to take into consideration that one day it will “all” come to an end. I told her that I will not be able to play my guitar forever, so I need to enjoy my career while I still can. I have friends that are currently going through life changing situations now and I want to be there for them as well. Life may not always seem fair, but nevertheless it is still life… At some point in our lives we all will have to make that “transition.” We may not be able to determine our own date, so until then we need to make the most of whatever we can “still do while we can still do it.” Don’t get cheated out of your fair share. Make the most of what you can do and what you have left. I can guarantee there is a world out there that is “still appreciative of it…” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jerry Butler and Brett Jolly in concert