. I turned to him in disbelief and said “who?” I didn’t really know who Paul Anka was…some song about someone “having my baby” popped into my head but even then I wasn’t so sure.
In 2006, when the Rolling Stones
were scheduled to kickoff a worldwide concert tour in Madrid, my husband and I decided our 10-year old daughter needed to see her first rock concert. After all, the Stones weren’t getting any younger
so we bought tickets. The concert was going to be on a Sunday night beginning at 10:00 pm (nothing starts early in Spain) so we knew our daughter wouldn’t make it to school the next day. I would write a note that says my daughter was “exhausted” – which would be some version of the truth. No need to explain her parents took her to the see the Stones. As it turned out, the concert was canceled
because Keith Richards had a concussion when he fell out of a coconut tree in Trinidad. We didn’t tell my daughter that he probably fell out of the tree because he wasn’t sober.
Flash forward five years and we’re getting invitations to go to concerts in air-conditioned performing arts centers. Friends (in their 60’s) wanted us to go to the Paul Anka concert with them so we decided to attend although I told my husband we would probably be the youngest attendees there. We arrived at the performing arts center, found our seats, and when the lights went down, a short, energetic and engaging guy with an amazing tan dressed in a black suit with a white shirt and dark tie comes running out into the audience singing “Diana,” – a song from the 50’s. Elderly (that’s 70 plus for me now but moving up) women were jumping out of their seats hugging and kissing Paul Anka and senior men were shaking his hand and slapping his back. I never imagined older people as groupies but this guy had these seniors on their feet. And, he didn’t stop.
Paul Anka is a gifted musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and performer and I didn’t know that until the night I saw him in concert when he played hit after hit – most of which I surprisingly recognized. His musical hits were more numerous than I thought and his collaboration with Michael Jackson resulted in the song “This Is It.” So, he isn’t just a crooner; Paul Anka is a multi-talented Emmy award winner. Only, I came to appreciate him at 50, thanks to my husband. My favorite song of the night: “Times of Your Life” – a beautiful ballad – which also ironically was from 1975; I was just too busy watching Peter Frampton at Madison Square Garden to notice Paul Anka back then.