On the way to the Open Mic, I ran into former regular Fenton Lawless (he’s been mentioned before). He doesn’t come in to the Sidewalk that much, and I asked him why.
He said he felt too old.
He’s older than me, I’ll admit – grayer on top, too – but he can still walk upright, and he’s right next door.
It’s probably just me, he said, and I hope he’s right. There’s other oldsters that populate the open stage, and have shows besides. Wrinkled folks like Ray Brown, Debe Dalton, JJ Hayes, and Barry Bliss all grace the stage on occasion, when their ailments don’t keep them away.
It seems the room is encouraging to people of all ages (though, to be fair, I haven’t seen many cresting 100 on the mic. Maybe we should rally?). I hope Lawless comes around – his songs always went over really well.