Baby Boomers are sad to hear today of the passing of Phil Everly, the younger of The Everly Brothers at the age of 74. I had the privilege of seeing them perform three times – first in 1984 at what was then called The O’Keefe Centre in Toronto, again a couple of years later at Roy Thomson Hall and a bonus third time when they played four numbers during a surprise break in a Paul McCartney concert at Air Canada Centre. I remember loving their perfect harmonies as they serenaded us on AM radio in the 50s and 60s. Seeing them perform “live” twenty years later only reinforced my love of their music. At The O’Keefe Centre and Roy Thomson performances, smartly attired in tuxedos, they surpassed my expectations of a live performance – still delivering perfect harmonies. We’ll always be “Devoted to You”.
As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis