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I wish that I knew what I know now

When I was younger.

I wish that I knew what I know now

When I was stronger.


You have probably heard the line above, uttered in the chorus of Faces‘ 1973 song Ooh La La by an aging grandfather to his young grandson, many times over the years as it’s been used in many movies and television shows and ads. It’s very atmospheric as Wes Anderson demonstrated to great effect in the final scene of his film Rushmore.

And if you have somehow missed it, you have definitely heard someone older spout those very same words.

The words make sense. I guess you would almost always want to relive the past with greater knowledge than you had at the time. It would definitely help avoid the stumbles and setbacks you experienced along the way. To have that wisdom beforehand might be a wonderful thing.

But maybe it’s the acquiring of this wisdom that matters, the experience of trying and failing multiple times. Maybe you need to experience that blind and unfounded optimism that sets you off on misguided missions doomed to fall short. Maybe you need to learn how to claw your way up from the fall to the bottom.

Maybe wisdom has to be hard earned before it can be fully appreciated.

Or maybe not. Maybe I am making excuses to rationalize away my own past stupidities and shortcomings. Maybe all those mistakes and missteps could have been avoided altogether with the wisdom I have now.

But would that wisdom have led me to this point where I am today?

I don’t think that can be known.

And today I am relatively content with my lot in life so I can happily abide with the choices, even the mistakes, I have made. What lttle wisdom I have gained over the years tells me I would be no happier on the safer, stabler path I might have chosen with foreknowledge.

Ooh la la…

So for this Sunday morning’s music interlude, here’s the song from Faces featuring Ronnie Wood on vocals. Give a listen and have yourself a great day with no regrets. Ooh la la…



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Itchycoo Park

HarlequinIt’s a busy Saturday morning as I try to finish up a group of work and hit the road this coming Monday.  There’s always a bunch of little things, details, that have to be tied up that seem to take longer than I would imagine.

I’m dropping off new work in Alexandria and Asheville this trip, something I do a couple of times a year.  It’s basically a driving marathon with a few stops in between but it gives me a chance to have a face to face with the galleries and tell a bit about  the new work.  It also gives me a chance to just drive and think which is always different for me than thinking in the studio or at home.  It’s a different rhythm with different stimuli.  Sometimes it’s good.  Sometimes it’s just driving.

Anyway, on this cold morning, here’s some old Small Faces, before the addition of Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and the evolution to simply Faces.  I use this song, Itchycoo Park, because it always feels like I’m back as a kid in a car, riding along  in my parent’s Chevy in the 60’s when I hear this, listening to it through that single speaker in the dash. It wasn’t state of the art sound, but that was how we heard a lot of great music…

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