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A Note from GK about Retirement
May 15, 2010 |
Saturday May 15 was a day off for the cast and crew and now the ship heads into the last month of the season, our string of big outdoor shows, plus the Fox in Atlanta, and then July vacation.
Back in September, there were some rumblings about the host of the show retiring and turning over the red shoes to someone else, and we've had fun with that on the show, with Erica Rhodes playing the airy designated replacement, but meanwhile life goes on. A 25-city Summer Love tour is scheduled for August and some of September. The annual State Fair broadcast is on the books for Labor Day weekend. The 2010-11 season is almost all inked in. We're discussing another Prairie Home cruise for 2011. I am working on a new Good Poems collection, and a memoir of 1966, a Guy Noir mystery, and have gotten a second wind on a Lake Wobegon screenplay. So life goes hurtling on.
I've been visiting an old friend at the VA hospital who is sinking, bravely, elegantly, even humorously sometimes, under a load of infirmities. On Sunday, he sat up and played on the mandolin a Scottish tune that he wants played at his funeral, by Neil Gow (1727-1807), his "Lament for James Moray of Abercairney." And he and I sang a duet of "Abide With Me." He and I were young when this show started in 1974, and when I walk away from his bedside, my step quickens. He is the same age I am, 67. One man goes down and his friends press on with renewed spirits. I am looking forward to Atlanta on Saturday and after that, Wolf Trap, Santa Barbara, Spokane, Cuyahoga Falls, Tanglewood and that beautiful crowd on the lawn, Ravinia, and I am excited about the August tour with Sara Watkins, Fred Newman, and the Shoe Band.
Onward and onward.