Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2020?
The New Year means a new start. A new list of resolutions to make and break, or maybe not. I have resolved every year for the past 30 to lose weight. Unfortunately, I seem to be going in the other direction.
At 6-foot-1 and weighing in at 275 pounds, I need to shed about 30 pounds. As I get older, I know this is now as important for my health as it is for my general appearance. According to medical charts, the ideal weight for a male my height is 166-202 pounds; we all know that isn’t going to happen. I would be very satisfied to reach 245.
I have also made the resolution to downsize at our home. My parents were children of the Great Depression and saved everything for future use. As a child, we had sheds full of used lumber, car parts, and pipe. My dad and grandpap had work benches surrounded by baby-food jars filled with nails, and wooden fruit crates full of metal plates and angles. I was taught the same habits, saving old nails and screws, odd pieces of lumber, half-full cans of paint, a box of lawnmower wheels, and so on.
It was thought that this would save me money in the future, if I needed any of these items. As a young man just starting out, it did. This was a very wise and thrifty way to look at recycling old objects, but it takes up a lot of space in a garage or basement. At this point in my life, it’s time to unclutter. I resolve to donate or throw out much of this in the spring.
Another one of my New Year’s resolutions is to write more. So, staring this month, I will begin contributing a column that will feature interviews with local bands, musicians, singers, and songwriters. We are still determining the frequency of publication. I start this month with Caryn Dixon, a professional musician, singer, and songwriter from State College, who is a regular performer at local venues. We sat down to talk about her childhood, musical foundations, and the local music scene. We closed with her advice to aspiring musicians. If you have the opportunity, make it a point to hear Caryn perform live in the New Year.
While the direction of these interviews may contain a little more “inside” music discussion than the casual reader is used to, I think you will enjoy getting to know these very talented women and men.
Happy New Year, Happy Valley! Let’s make it a good one!
Bernard A. Oravec