Random birthday thoughts
October 19, 1956: To quote Charles Dickens, “To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday…”
My grandfather turned fifty-six years old the day before I was born. I am now as old as he was then. My favorite record, Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley, was released in January of that year.
October 19, 1973: My high school rock & roll group, Les Kerr & The Blue Suede Band, played the annual Junior Civitan Club party in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It was my seventeenth birthday. The club, led by Linda Baggett, presented me with a tie they had decorated with the word “Elvis” in glitter attached by Elmer’s glue.
October 19, 1996: My wife Gail and some dear friends surprised me with the gift of a beautiful, cherry-red 1989 model Gibson ES335 electric guitar the day I turned forty years old.
October 19, 2006: Gail and I woke up in Gautier, Mississippi, across the river from Pascagoula, my second hometown. That night, I performed at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson, Mississippi, my first hometown, on my fiftieth birthday.
October 19, 2012: I woke up at 6:56 a.m. and thought, “There must be something about the number ’56.'” According to the calendar (& Mr. Dickens), Friday was my original birthday. And here I am, fifty-six years later in Nashville, Tennessee, my hometown since 1987, celebrating on a Friday. I’ve always enjoyed Fridays.
I am very blessed and happy about all of these things and so much more.
Text and photos copyright 2012 by Les Kerr. Learn More about Les at www.leskerr.com