Saturday, July 16, 2011

Coming Back

So I started thinking about my comeback posting on “Worldwide Sy.” I know, I know, I’ve been away for quite a while. Maybe it was inspired by this headline on TMZ: Vanilli - Plotting COMEBACK with Famous DJ.” The Vanilli (real name – Fab Morvan) is of course half of Milli Vanilli, and the famous DJ is one named The Alchemist, apparently Eminem’s favorite. Now, it hasn’t been 21 years for me, just 11 months. But I am returning, although not to lip-syncing.

So, why now? Of course, it is always speculation when you try to answer this kind of question. It could be anything from greater insight into my mother’s impact on my life to the debt ceiling crisis. Being surrounded by shrinks, anything I give as a reason will be questioned. The most obvious is my impending retirement from my job as CEO of JF&CS after almost 18 years. Looking to a new stage provides, aside from fear, the opportunity to do things you like. I really have enjoyed doing this blog. A new stage also promotes an increase in narcissism, and blog entries can certainly encourage that pursuit. But the blog, for me, has been an opportunity to share new perceptions, quirks I’ve noticed in the world, and experiences and insight that hold a kind of crispness and newness. Now that I won’t be working numerous hours a week, I will have the time to write, and maybe notice more things.

There have been many famous comebacks. Bill Clinton wasn't really away for that long, but still is the contemporary example of the "Comeback Kid." Of course, there are also a host of others who did take a long time; Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen was away from the spotlight for 15 years, but made a spectacular return. He is my model, so you should expect an album, DVD, and world tour.

It will be good to get back. In the immortal words of Leonard Cohen, "It's time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again."

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