“It wasn’t easy getting from there to here. It took almost sixty years but I did it”.
From his youth in a small town south of San Francisco to post-war Korea to Hollywood the author takes us on journey of discovery and personal growth, much of it as a result of a chance meeting with a man who had a most profound effect on his life. A bond was formed that lasted through several careers and more than five decades.
It was San Francisco in the sixties. We had one foot in the work-a-day world of middleclass respectability and one foot in the burgeoning sub-culture of youth rebellion, protest and the new music. We didn’t do much rebelling or protesting but we did play a lot of music. The music shaped us, inspired us and bonded us together as brothers. It took us from the edge of fame and fortune to the brink of bankruptcy, and back again.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a true, lifelong friend, a brother. Perhaps more than a brother, someone who knows your worst failing, your darkest secrets, and finds them irrelevant. Time and distance did not affect this friendship and, in the end, it was as strong and true as ever.
From the vision of youth to the reflection of the twilight years this is a story of people, places and perseverance.
“My cup may be half-full, still I am thankful,
for the good things that did come to stay.
And if I had the chance to do it all over
I’d do most of it just the same way”
From the lyrics of Do What I Can by C.H. McCabe:
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