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Walk Around the Block

(To the Tune: Rock Around the Clock)

Envision 20 years into the future at an old folks’ home for retired rock stars: There’s Madonna with her pointed metal bra, only now it’s pointing to the floor. There are the Rolling Stones, sitting by the fire gathering moss. All of them look like they’re 90, except Keith Richards who looks just the same as he did when he was 35. And one of the Spice Girls, now called Old Spice, yelling: “I’ll tell you what I want. What I really really want is my hearing aid!”  That’s what this song parody is all about.

As a performer, I have entertained all ages. And I mean ALL ages. Along with numerous Folk and Arts Festivals and adult concerts, I have sung at hundreds of elementary schools (yes, hundreds!) and dozens of senior citizen residences. Whenever I play for the seniors, this is my go-to song. They love it. There is a need to laugh at ones self and with our peers, no matter what age you happen to be.

I wrote a haiku that goes:

“A sense of humour

is not how you tell a joke

it’s how you take one”

May you live long enough to recognize yourself in this song.

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