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So Much to Be Thankful For

Jerry Lucky Commentary December 2015

Copyright Jerry Lucky © 2015 All Rights Reserved

 

We humans were never meant to be solitary creatures, we are social beings. So perhaps itís not unusual that at this time of year I get to thinking about all the people in my life who in their own way make my life meaningful specifically as it relates to music. This being my last commentary of 2015, itís going to be a little differentÖstill about music, but not so much about the music itself. If you know what I mean. Iíve always felt, we have so much to be thankful for and donít often take the time to say it, so bear with me as I express my thanks to some very important people in my life.

 

Iím thankful for my wifeÖitís often been said that writing a book is a very lonely job because you tend to closet yourself away for long periods of time while you do the writing. It can be especially difficult for the other members of the family when the writer in the family disappears for long periods of time. Thatís why Iím thankful for my wife who stuck with me while I was writing five music related books, three on Progressive Rock and two on Psychedelic music. The writing involved a lot of loud music listening as well, music that, shall we say, sheís not as fond of as I am. Still she hung in there and now it seems like something in the distant past. There were a few times just after the fifth book had been written, where she would make the comment with a hint of fear in her eyes; ďyouíre not planning on writing another book are you?Ē

 

Iím thankful for my daughterÖthere was a period in her life when she was really into Japanese Anime which led to Japanese Visual K bands. We even planned a family holiday to San Francisco to attend a J-Rock Conference. As an involved father I spent many an hour sitting on the couch with her watching some very entertaining bands. The trade-off I proposed was that I was would be happy to watch bands that interested her, if she would watch bands that interested me. What followed were years of sharing musical interests. I became knowledgeable in J-Rock and she became knowledgeable in Progressive Rock. Now that sheís soon to be twenty-five and has been living on her own since leaving high school, the benefit of those hours shared continues to enrich both our lives as we continue to share musical interests. We will be seeing Muse for the second time; weíve been to various Genesis and Pink Floyd tribute shows, and even Transatlantic.

 

Outside of my immediate family Iím thankful for the many musical friends Iíve come to know over the yearsÖso as not to draw too much attention or create any embarrassment Iím going with first names only, if you are reading this, you know who you are.

 

Iím thankful for PeterÖIíve known Peter since grade six in Saskatoon and over the years, besides James Bond and Science Fiction movies,  music has played a big part in our friendship. I have fond memories of the two of us glued to the front of his parentís giant stereo console listening to Abbey Road and marveling at the music of the Beatles. Some years later I had purchased Yessongs but hadnít listened to it. I lent it to him and upon returning it he raved about the music, so I put it on and it changed my musical world. It was my first real introduction to Progressive Rock music. He didnít know it at the time but Peter is perhaps most responsible for tuning me on to the Prog genre. Little did I know in 1974, where it would lead?

 

Iím thankful for DonÖDon was the first person I came to know in my adult life that shared my love of Progressive Rock Music. We were living in Victoria at the time and while I canít remember how we came to meet, I do remember we met while I was selling off my vinyl albums. I was slow to converting to CD, mostly because so many of the prog albums I had hadnít yet been released on CD. So I was holding out to the bitter end. But the time had come to sell off the WALL of albums and Don was there to purchase many of them (which he still has!). Over the years weíd meet and have Prog Appreciation Sundays with a small group of friends, or weíd meet regularly for lunch and talk about life, the universe and music. Over the past twenty years our friendship has continued and while I no longer live in Victoria we still stay in touch on a pretty regular basis.

 

Iím thankful for JeanÖtypically the older we get the harder it becomes to make meaningful friendships. We become more set in our ways and interests and finding someone of similar tastes becomes harder. So imagine my surprise in coming to know Jean who lives thousands of miles away on the other side of the country and yet shares so many of the same musical interests as I do. Fortunately with the advent of emails and the internet, the distance in some ways has become meaningless. Weíve only met once face-to-face but it confirmed in my mind how much we had in common. Like any good friendship we donít always see things eye-to-eye, but Jean has been a wonderful encouragement and corrective for the writing I do online at www.jerrylucky.com week after week. I can always trust him for an honest assessment of my latest scribbling and Iíll be the first to tell him how much I appreciate his thoughtful written contributions.

 

The danger of coming up with a list like this is that leave off many people who come into your life and have some impact. So while Iíve only spotlighted five people there are literally dozens of others whoíve Iíve met, talked to and corresponded with over the years that  have impacted my life and to all of them Iím truly thankful. Lastly then, let me say Iím thankful for YOU, because you are taking time out of your day to read my stuff. To my mind thatís really amazing. I would not be who I am today had our paths not crossed. At least thatís what I think.

 

Jerry Lucky

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