As Frank Zappa famously and importantly, or, at least, famously and importantly to me, once said, You should be digging it, while it’s happening. I take that as an admonishment or encouragement of cosmic significance. On a par with the wisdom of the ages, sayings of the Buddha, or instructions from The Lone Ranger.
For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-hikers)
As time goes on, and it seems to do that without hesitation, the benefits of this injunction reveal themselves continuously. Appreciating and enjoying whatever is going on in this particular moment not only feels good, but seems to eliminate the really annoying things about time passing, the concept of aging (not to mention death), worry, fear, and a long list of considerations that pale before the power of this simple observation.
The fact that this is the philosophical foundation adopted by the same guy who, at one time, saw that there was no way to delay that trouble coming everyday, who knew that brown shoes don’t make it, and whose guitar wanted to kill your mama is heartening to all seekers of truth and wisdom. Drink up, America!
Not only that, but there is all that wonderful music – ecstatic, sarcastic, beautiful, instructive, silly, complex, exalted, revolutionary, and emotional – rooted in doo wop, classical, jazz, and avant garde traditions and the lack thereof. All that, and such succinct wisdom. What a guy!