Here’s to ’21

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Maybe I should write. Maybe I should have cof­fee first. Maybe I should write first, and then re­ward my­self with cof­fee.

I al­ways re­mem­bered that line from some Ni­co­las Cage movie. I can’t re­mem­ber any­thing else about the film, but I re­mem­ber that line.

I had a good time ven­tur­ing out to a few stores that were deemed “non-es­sen­tial”, but are now open for busi­ness.

I pur­chased a re­mas­ter of The Who’s “Tommy” al­bum for a mere $7.

Some of you may re­mem­ber the story of the deaf dumb blind kid, who sure played a mean pin­ball.

I was eight years old in the spring of 1970 at an ar­cade in Panama City Beach, Florida when I first heard “Pin­ball Wizard” scream­ing over the speaker sys­tem.

I re­mem­ber the film ver­sion of “Tommy” from 1975 with Ann Mar­gret get­ting cov­ered in that flash flood of baked beans.

I still get the creeps think­ing of Tina Turner’s Academy Award wor­thy per­for­mance as the acid queen and that cof­fin lined with hy­po­der­mic nee­dles clos­ing on Roger Dal­trey.

El­ton John in those four foot plat­form shoes was one of my fa­vorite mo­ments. Cousin Kevin’s toi­let seat lined with nails was my least fa­vorite mo­ment.

They don’t make films like that any­more, or al­bums.

Quan­tity has re­placed qual­ity, in­di­vid­u­al­ity and un­bri­dled cre­ativ­ity are now shunned, while the ut­ter same­ness of every­one and ev­ery­thing is be­ing beaten into our col­lec­tive con­scious­ness.

Lis­ten­ing to this Who al­bum, a line from the third track has me op­ti­mistic:

“I’ve got a feel­ing ’21 is gonna be a good year. Es­pe­cially if you and me see it in to­gether.”

Mitchell Seyfer


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