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Thread #111849   Message #2364546
Posted By: PoppaGator
12-Jun-08 - 05:01 PM
Thread Name: Nice Compliments that you have had
Subject: RE: Nice Compliments that you have had
Phil's story, above (12 Jun 08 - 04:33 PM), reminded me of one of my own.

Back in the summer of '05, some of my college friends organized an unofficial reunion, an informal event not connected to the school or even to any particular class year. The attendees were almost all folk/acoustic musicians and members of the college-graduation classes of 1967 through 1971.

(Not necessarily all graduates, not by a long shot, but members of those classes for at least a year or two, if not four. Also, not all of us necessarily still playing music very regularly, but most still in possession of an instrument or two and everyone willing to harmonize, jam, etc.)

Our first "event," on the Thursday evening kicking off the long weekend, was held in the basement of an off-campus pizza restaurant that has long been a student hangout.

Sometime during a long evening of song-swapping and unstructured performances, a half-dozen young undergrads wandered in and, hearing the music, ventured down the stairs to check out our private party. None of us objected (especially after an offer to buy us drinks!) and the kids sat down to quietly listen.

(This was summertime, and very few actual college students were anywhere to be seen, but these new friends ~ younger than our own kids ~ were among the small population of summer-school attendees.)

I can't remember any specific quotes, but they all something nice and complimentary to say to us. We were all taken aback by how obviously these young folks enjoyed and respected our music and, for that matter, us. They seemed to consider us veterans of a long-ago legendary era when it was a lot more fun, and a lot more important and serious, to be a college kid and a rebel.