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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bound for Glory



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It started with a phone call.  A birthday greeting from my friend V. 

V n’ me been through this ceremony many times before.  I met V in grammar school, roughly fifty years ago.  A friggin’ half-century ago!  Amazing to contemplate on many levels. 

Anyway, long story short, I was bemoaning the fact that the few friends left standing in my corner of the world weren’t all that enthused about burning midnight oil.  V asked: “Why not come to Toronto?”

Why not indeed? 

And so it came to pass that I had me a Toronto adventure...

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Tell your story
Roll the truth around your head
Bound for glory
I ain't getting out of this bed
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday's dead and gone

Tell your story
Put the night back in your veins
Bound for glory
I ain't coming to again
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday's dead and gone
And I feel I'm bound for glory
Dreaming in a cowboy song
I feel I'm bound for glory

Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!
Can you feel it?
Glory bound!
Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!

Tell your story
Roll the truth around your head
Bound for glory
I ain't getting out of this bed
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday's dead and gone
And I feel I'm bound for glory
Dreaming in a cowboy song
I feel I'm bound for glory

Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!
Can you feel it?
Glory bound!
Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!


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Some people believe that language is best taught by the “immersion method.”  I kinda get it.  If you want a lesson to stick, make the learning an intense experience. 

It came to pass that I just had me an “immersion method” experience.

I arrived in Toronto on Thursday afternoon.  V and I took off walking.  We walked for hours.  Wolfed down amazing tacos and cool beers at a nondescript street side taqueria.  Peeked into countless shops and galleries.  Paused to refresh at an open air cafe.  

We walked a lot.  Walked so much, in fact, that the tendons in my left foot self-destructed. 

Dined that evening at an upscale, white linen establishment.  Drank many glasses of fine wine.

Woke determined to experience an urban cycling adventure.  Had said adventure.  Loved it. 

Chicken grilled expertly.  More fine wines.  Subway ride to concert in the city.  Tedeschi Trucks Bands rocks my world.  Tendons in left foot screaming in agony.  Good vibes trump everything.

Next day: Stratford Festival.  Drive for hours to view a presentation of “Much Ado About Nothing” in the town of Stratford, a bucolic village situated on the banks of the (you guessed it...) Avon River.  What an amazing venue!  The Stratford Festival folks are celebrating their 60th season!  Me?  I celebrated my first.

I was overwhelmed by heartache in the last act, as Benedick and Beatrice found their bliss.  It grieved me that I had not had the presence of mind to treat my parents to a holiday in Stratford decades ago.  My parents, you see, fell in love while playing the roles of Romeo and Juliet in the Lithuanian National Theater.  They would have loved the Stratford Festival. 

Grilled steaks.  And by grilled I mean grilled to perfection.  Fine wines.  Room filled with music and good conversation.

Wake to adventure.  Haul the bikes through the subway stations.  Two graying gits acting giddy.  Cycling for hours through hidden Edens and intriguing cityscapes.

And...well...yeah...there was a spill.  A consequence of carelessness.  Got no complaints, though.  Saw a lot.  Experienced a lot.  Learned a lot. 

Loved it all.

Another white linen experience.  Fine food.  Fine wine.  Fine day.  Fine friendship.

All good.

Beyond good.

Truly fine.

Came home one day early.

Didn’t think I could survive another day.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Lilith said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had. Happy birthday Jonas.

Fri Jul 13, 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

It really was an amazing adventure, Lilith! Kinda set the bar for future adventures. I haven't done justice to the experience by this entry. I kinda glossed over the emotional content, 'cuz I've not yet found the words.

There's something sublime about 60+ aged hominids acting like adolescents. It borders on the profound.

And thanks for the birthday greeting! I'm amazed to still be here.

Fri Jul 13, 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Secret Agent Woman said...

Time with a like-minded friend can be such a blessing.

Fri Jul 13, 09:26:00 PM  
Blogger Wine and Words said...

"Walkin' Blues" is my favorite of theirs. Sounds fitting given your tendons and all :) And you've a birthday! Well...happiness to you Jonas. Sounds like you got it amidst a lot of living. Age can't stop us from fully engaging. We just maneuver around the limitations. I'm so glad you had a great time. Central California next? Might be an adventure you'd outlive and live out.

Sat Jul 14, 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Time spent with friends is just about the only thing that still matters to me, SAW.

Central California is next on the agenda. I'm still planning a large west coast loop in October. Gots lots o' friends to hug. I'll have my bike with me, and I hope to spend some time with you!

Sat Jul 14, 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Hope your foot is recovering, Jonas. And how cool that you had such a great time in the big T.O.!!

I am quite envious of you see the Tedeschi Trucks Band... I found out about them playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival a short time ago but too late to go see them. I heard from a couple of my cousins that they completely stole top spot at the entire festival. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for next year. I sure hope they come back!

I have to say "Midnight in Harlem" is probably my fave tune of theirs. Good gawd, but that woman has a voice! And Trucks on guitar??? Flawless!!

Sun Jul 15, 02:51:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Belated happy birthday wishes to you, dear Jonas! Am so thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time with your friend. "Friend" doesn't seem like the right word when you've been friends for 50 years.

Sun Jul 15, 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Kass said...

Jonas - Happy Belated Birthday!
What an adventure described here, starting with the lively music. Susan's voice reminds me of Bonnie Raitt. Had to look up their website. This is a band I'm not familiar with, but now want to be.

Sat Jul 21, 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Selma said...

What a fantastic way to spend your birthday. I am so sorry I missed the actual day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST JONAS - YOU ARE VERY MUCH LOVED.XXXXX

Mon Jul 23, 01:58:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

How's your tendon?

Mon Jul 23, 07:08:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Right off the bat, allow me to apologize for not responding expeditiously to such wonderful comments. What can I say? I'm kinda skewed.

Indeed, Ponita, I had a GREAT time in Toronto! An exceptional time.

It's a pity that you missed Tedeschi Trucks (I get that whole work trumps pleasure thing). Sue Tedeschi (Derek's wife) was a revelation. While I've kinda followed Derek's career, I was only dimly aware of Sue. Jeebus, I shoulda paid more attention! She's magnificent! Oh, yeah, she's a big dollop of Bonnie Raitt, and a dose of Janis Joplin. Then there's this: she's fond of tight dresses or short skirts (OK, that's a guy thing, but bear with me). At one point, she propped her leg against a floor monitor and ripped into a guitar solo that left me flush and sweating and craving a cigarette. Yeah. She's the real deal.

Midnight in Harlem tugs on the heart, no? It's one of my favorites, too.

Thank you, Anna! I kinda flirted with the idea of traveling on to Montreal (my birthplace). Kinda got too complicated, but it's still on my life's agenda. I hope to meet you someday!

Thank you, Kass! I've not one to "celebrate" the aging process, but spending time with people I love? Yeah. I LOVE that! I hope to head west this fall. Shall I plan on time in SLC?

Awwww, Selma! You are truly dear to me!

Thanks for asking, Maria. The tendon is healing in accordance with its own schedule. The road rash is mostly a memory. I forget if I mentioned this or not, but it turned out that I also bruised my ribs (fractured one) when I spilled to pavement. The ribs are still complaining. The worst is fading in the rear view mirror. I'm OK.

Thu Jul 26, 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Happy birthday, Jonas. What a great adventure.

Thu Jul 26, 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Thank you, Mary! It WAS a great adventure, a veritable explosion of revels, charms and all the glories of friendship.

Thu Jul 26, 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Wow. I just listed to Tedeschi Trucks and I'm hooked. I've heard Susan before but not the band. There's a great hour plus video of them at the 2012 Mt. Jam on utube.

I've gotten the best music over the years from you, Jonas. Thanks!

Sun Aug 05, 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Dawn Justin said...

Congratulations ... I liked also the comments ...
http://3k2.blogspot.com/2012/07/call-me-maybe-carly-rae-jepsen-cover-by.html

Sun Aug 05, 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I'm delighted you delighted in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mary! I'm getting a big kick outta the popularity this band has enjoyed over the course of its tour. Put a dozen talented, disciplined musicians on a stage, toss in heaps of raw talent, and a whole lotta magic happens.

The studio recording, "Revelator" didn't float my boat. The 2-CD "Live" recording of this band on tour captures the band as it is. TTB gives good concert.

You and I have such similar tastes in music, Mary!

Sun Aug 12, 10:47:00 PM  

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