Saturday, December 23, 2006

Precious and few

Am signing off for five days to spend Christmas in typhoon-lashed Sorsogon with my folks. Let me leave you with some classic musical moments--non-Christmas-y but all celebrating the gift of friendship (and great voices besides).

My way of saying thanks to you for reading and for sharing your thoughts here, and to everyone who keeps me company, whether online or in the flesh. (Wait, that didn't come out right, did it? What the heck.)

In the words of a fave musical: "Let's celebrate, remember a year in the life of friends!"

See y'all, guys. And while I'm gone, comment away!

One of the most moving songs I've ever heard:

Old friends, old friends
Sat on their park bench like bookends.
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes of the high shoes
Of the old friends.

Old friends
Winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun.
The sounds of the city, sifting through trees,
Settles like dust on the shoulders
Of the old friends.

Can you imagine us years from today,
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange to be seventy.
Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fears.

Time it was, and what a time it was
It was a time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be--
I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories.
They're all that's left you.

And an alternate ending that hits me harder:


Hey old friend
Are you okay, old friend
What'll you say, old friend,
Are we or are we unique
Time goes by, everything else keeps changing
You and I we get continued next week
Most friends fade
Or they don't make the grade
New ones are quickly made
And in a pinch, sure they'll do
But us, old friends
What's to discuss, old friend
Here's to us
Who's like us
Damn few.

-- "Old Friends," from Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along"


Senor Enrique said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

dong said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

JV said...

Finale B is one of my favorite songs in Rent!!! Take care now and Merry Christmas, Gibbs!

snglguy said...


Abaniko said...

Merry Christmas, friend.

Dominique said...

Hi, Gibbs: Just dropped by to greet you Merry Christmas!

Jaypee said...

Wishing you a Christmas season filled with happiness and joy! God bless! :)


Maligayang Pasko po!

Corsarius said...

Merry Christmas, gibbs! If you still need help re: the sites, just shoot me an email -- let that be my Xmas gift to you :P

paolomanalo said...

Happy holidays! :)

gibbs cadiz said...

merry christmas, my friends! :)

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