I saw Crosby, Stills and Nash Friday night at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. It was a great concert. It was just so uplifting to see such masterful musicians whose perfect harmonies were way beyond what I had remembered. They still got it. Same goes for the energy and enthusiasm of the audience. …it was Déjà vu…“we have all been here before, we have all been her before” dancing in the aisles and in our seats, the music took us back to illustrious memories of our youth as we all sang along to songs that spoke of deep conflicts that marked those years and expressed all the ideals that we dreamed about only to become “our code to live by”.
“And so become yourself the past is just a good bye”… And so here we are…”Carry On”
*Quotes…excerpts from some great CSNY songs
I am not ready to be a grandmother yet; my kids are still in college. Some of my friends are already grandparents, so I do think about it. Being a grandma conjures up all sorts of feelings about getting older. I know I am not alone when I say that as accepting as I may be about getting older, I am still very focused on not looking old and being thought of as youthful…you know 60 is the new 40 kind of thing. Not surprisingly, grandboomers are rejecting traditional labels and are choosing “alternative” names that are far removed from our previous notions of grandparents. So what will it be…Nana, Grandma, Bubbe, Granny ...definitely not Granny. That makes me think of housecoats and false teeth in a glass! Finding just the right grandparent name has become quite the thing. Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom chose the name Woof, I wonder how that’s going. Glamma is the latest to be added to the list. Glamma is today’s Grandma, she's the woman who likes to dress stylishly and has a well-grounded sense of self. She's active, has interests and always has time to visit with the grandkids… on the way to Zumba class. I like that one.
Ever wonder why certain trends stick and others don’t, like today’s very popular retro look. Vintage inspired style that honors the past and whose span of influence includes just about everything. It started to tiptoe in on us right after 911 and has now become a major trend. Did the trauma of that event create a longing for more simple times? Creating a need for basic feel good stuff that heartens us with replicas for comfy living and hipster looks, possibly adding some sort of balance to our faceless way of connecting to others? Retro has become a way for us to experience a simpler time; where violence did not go beyond a fist fight in the school yard, where connections where made over a kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a piece of pie and where objects were valued for their workmanship. Retro is hot because it speaks to the core of who we really are.
Tomorrow is a big day for me. I have decided to take my show on the road and exhibit my readers at Vision Expo East. Needless to say, I am just a little bit more than nervous. I know I will be judged by my peers, experts in eyewear design and manufacturing and a whole bunch of other bigwigs. So wish me luck! Whether or not this whole thing is big flop, at least I know I gave it my all. I have really spent countless hours designing, thinking, writing, re-writing, editing and editing some more and analyzing and worrying and planning to make this a success. I am almost a one woman show… but not without the help and inspiration of some really incredible people. People who were so supportive in helping me make this a success and the people, whose stories have inspired me to create a product that celebrates the true style that develops from life’s experiences. I hope they see beyond my heavy New York accent, my less than perfect display and see the meticulous attention to detail that reflects the likes of my team of readers…helping me to create Renee’s Readers.
One of the better things about getting older is that I don’t sweat the small stuff the way I used to. Not everything has to be so perfect. I also feel more secure about my choices. I choose to surround myself with people who are secure and supportive and I have no patience for relationships that are full of drama. That just brings me down and that really makes me feel old and grumpy. I now realize that life is just too short for that sort of stuff. I think part of looking young has a lot to do with your attitude and surrounding yourself with people and things that make you happy also helps a lot. I’ve learned to be happy with myself. So even though I would like to be younger, thinner and sexier, I am too busy having fun just being me.