As Our Idols Fade Away

I just saw the most amazing video. Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke is 24 minutes long, but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen on Youtube. Paul shows James Corden around Liverpool, to his childhood home, and his old haunts. He hadn’t been back to many of these places since he was a teenager. And he’s now 76.

It was delightful, and I’ve watched it several times now. But it brings tears to my eyes every time. It wasn’t sad. It was actually quite upbeat. But as I watched, there was this feeling of poignancy. One of my idols, visibly aged. And he won’t be around forever, except in terms of a legacy.

The older you get, the more you realize how finite things are. Things fall apart. The center does not hold. It’s the nature of things to fade away. But the closer you come to that fading, the more fraught you become about the whole concept.

Don’t go. Please. Stay with me.

I wonder if James Corden sat in that car and thought about what an amazing life he’s getting to lead. I would have. Sitting there, singing Let It Be with Paul McCartney? That’s epic. Nobody gets to do that.

And someday, far too soon, nobody will be able to do that, because yet another Beatle will be gone. Life. It’s so freakin’ precious.

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4 thoughts on “As Our Idols Fade Away

  1. Angiportus

    Seconded. But I can’t help feeling it’s still better than if yet another of our idols turned out to have feet of something worse than clay. As first this then that well-loved figure turns out to have done something nasty way back when, or not so far back.
    Let’s be thankful for all the wonderful music we have.

  2. I have seen James Cordon interviewed and he has commented upon how blessed he has been, to share such wonderful times. Who knew that what started out as a silly game, Carpool Karaoke, would turn into such fun and yet revealing interactions with major figures in the arts, sports, politics, etc.? Paul McCartney can be commended, as well, for his awareness of his legacy and how blessed he has been.

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