1.24.2011

aging and fun



Last night I had one of the funnest nights of my life.  I went to Hollywood to see Wanda Jackson perform with my boyfriend, Jack White.  Normally I get a little jealous when Jack is on stage with another beautiful woman but last night, i set aside all pettiness and thoroughly enjoyed watching this duo on stage.  OMG, is all i can say about Ms Jackson.  She is 73!  Twenty years older than me.  As I stood waiting for the show to begin and wishing i had not worn heels b/c my feet, legs and back were beginning to hurt after a long day of walking, out comes Wanda in all her gorgeousness and begins to belt out hit after hit, standing her own next to the bundle of energy that is Jack White.  Now i don't know about you, but most of the 73 year old women i know would not be able to do this.  After all this was her third night on the road.  The two previous nights she was in New York performing and will perform again tonight.  She was on Letterman on Thursday night and will be on Conan tomorrow night.  That's a lot of being "on" for anyone, let alone a 73 year old.   I would love to sit down with her and hear her secrets on maintaining her energy level and general sense of happiness that she exuded.  She was so charming while relating endearing stories about working with Jack and even a few of when she dated Elvis.  All night as I observed her on stage, one thing kept coming to mind...boy is she having a LOT of fun.  I think I may on the right track, but first I'm going back to bed.

xo
janet


25 comments:

  1. Oh she's cute Janet!

    Little bit spunky short and full of fire...
    she might be getting her energy an verve from Jack...:)
    hanging around with a young crowd might be the secret.

    Hope that you slept well, I'll bet you had some sweet dreams.
    Hugs
    XO

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  2. She is quite an inspiration, isn't she? Glad you had such a FUN time :)

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  3. I'm going to have to look her up. I know a bunch of old school music--you know, like Madonna and Cindy Lauper--but I've never heard of her. What a cougar she is hooking up with Jack White.

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  4. I'll check out the video because I'm not familiar with her. You've got me dying here over your chocolate chip cookies- UGH!!

    Sweet dreams. ;)
    xo~
    T

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  5. I've never heard of her either.... she is fun (and was 'gorgeous' when she was young); we should all be so fabulous at 73! and I love the mens outfits!
    And, I'm sorry, but I just don't get JW thing... not when you have the 'very' handsome Larry at home. And you can tell Larry I said that!!:)
    but, glad you had fun!!!
    xoj.

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  6. joan - you know i'm madly in love with larry. but when jack picks up a guitar - i'm rendered stupid. what can i say?

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  7. Janet,

    I just watched the clip...she is one little sassy woman! I love her energy, her voice and wow! was she a knock out when she was younger, or what?

    I've never heard of her either - thank you for introducing her to us!

    Adrienne

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  8. I just watched the video. It's like a Fuller family wedding at the fire hall. I didn't see a keg but it could have been off screen. Not my thing but still lots of fun and, hey, after a few beers and I might love her!

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  9. I'd never heard of Wanda Jackson. But live performances can really set fire to one's soul, I agree. Fun is a good thing.

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  10. You must be so much fun to do things with. Wanda Jackson and Jack White? Amazing.

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  11. Dear Janet, Hooray for these marvellous role models. A friend of mine is 82 and is so stylish and full of fun that she is certainly an inspiration for me. I wonder what secret Wanda has....my friend swears by Reflexology!!

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  12. Thanks for including the video clip. I didn't know her. I thought it was fun--would have liked to see your boyfriend sing a little more. Glad you got to see him again(long distance relationships can be so tough) and have a little fun.

    Julie

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  13. She's fabulous! Love, love that she is so energetic and vibrant and in her 70's. Yay, Wanda!

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  14. So what you're telling us is, it just keeps getting better?

    I'm down with that!

    xo Jane

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  15. When I´m 73 I want to be just like her!!!!

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  16. yes, janie i think that's what i'm saying!

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  17. Well, with your dedication to eating whole, healthy foods ... I would be SHOCKED if you weren't every bit as youthful and vibrant at age 73 as she is. If anyone has earned it, it's you!

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  18. Wanda rocks. It's funny to hear you say, Wow, she's so spunky for a 73-year-old. I'm your age, if you're 20 years younger than she, and recently I heard a student tell another student she hoped she had my energy "when [she] got old." I think we'll probably be doing fine at 73. Just keep doin' that yoga.

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  19. Dear Janet, I'm beting on you, it's a sure thing. Hugs Joyce

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  20. Sounds as if you had a wonderful evening - even though you had to share your boyfriend with this amazing woman! x

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  21. Looks like your boyfriend and Wanda were having fun too Janet. Hope I'm that sprightly at 73.
    Did Jack White appear in the movie 'Cold Mountain'? I must check out his music.
    xx

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  22. That is my kind of FUN night! I think you are definately on the right track. Steppin out and doing what you love, no matter what age you are, is exactly the way I think you should live life.

    Hope you have lots more fun times!

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  23. I have my recorder set to watch her on Conan. Oh what a night you had! I love to feel inspired by older, graceful women. Especially in a society where we poo poo getting older and only focus on youth. Wanda rocks!

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  24. That must have been one unbelievable gig! xx

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  25. funny what you can stumble upon.....while searching the internet for pictures of My boyfriend Jack White, I found your lovely Blog.
    You have a wonderful garden Janet. I really must start that Yoga Class, you are looking good.
    Carol x

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