As readers of these pages know, I like to post videos of the wonderful Steve Goodman from time to time. I thought it was time for one of those, so I found a couple of funny ones, and was trying to decide between them when I came upon this one, and it was just too perfect not to post instead. Still, I wasn't hesitant.
The song is is "My Old Man," his tribute to his father. It is not remotely a funny song -- though he's lighthearted in his introduction -- but it's profoundly touching, in particular his performance beyond just what the song is.
My hesitancy is that the song is soulfully wistful and deeply heartbreaking, and I don't even remotely want "transference" to occur and have people think this is me and what I'm going through. As I've said, I'm sad at the loss of my father, but he was a month from 95 and lead a rich, full life. This is not what Steve Goodman is singing about, losing his father at a much-too-young age.
But it's such a freaking great song. And it's Steve Goodman. And so, it's just too appropriate, and therefore here it is --
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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