Sunday, July 26, 2020, I (Steve) observed the completion of 77 turns around the sun.

In no particular order, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about that milestone.

This was the first time I’ve marked a birthday in the middle of a pandemic.  I won’t complain if it’s the last.

Johnnie makes the best birthday cake!

Johnnie’s gluten-free chocolate fudge layer cake with vanilla frosting!

Actually, anything Johnnie makes is the best!

2020’s pandemic party curtailed any in-person birthday party events and substituted video screen connecting.  I’m not one for big parties anyway, but I do look forward to the small gathering of family and friends that usually populates our patio.  One of the things getting together via video underscored was that while loved ones may not have been physically present, love was.

During a birthday video chat with a relative, who shall remain nameless, Johnnie and I learned that, if you’re holding your cell phone low enough and close enough to your nose, you can look just like Mr. Potato Head.

Now that I’ve put 77 turns around the sun behind me, I’m probably a bit more aware of the prevalence of ageism and it’s one of the many “isms” I won’t put up with.  But then, I felt the same way when I was 17.  I’m not sure if that means that I haven’t grown up or if it means more people need to.

One of the oft-repeated birthday questions is, “What would you tell your younger self?”  Other than a suggestion to avoid gluten, I don’t really know.  But, I am reasonably sure we’d have a good conversation.

Actually, now that I think about it, there is one thing I’d tell my younger self, “Believe it or not, you’re the guy who gets THE girl!”

I share a birth date and year with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.  I suppose it’s possible he’s played in front of a few more people than I have but, I know, there is no way he loves making music more.

A little birthday weekend pickin’ on the patio.

Speaking of music, like many of you, COVID-19 and the resulting lifestyle change to “safer at home” along with some family health issues hit the pause button on several things I had planned for my 76th year.  One of them was finally finishing and releasing an album that I’d planned on calling “Spirit Of 76.’  Well, it’s still on the burner for year 77 (the album, not the title) but, if it doesn’t get finished in the next 12 months, the following year, I may have to go really old school … and release it as a 78.

As Johnnie said, “It’s not like any birthday we ever imagined, but we are together and healthy…the best gifts ever.”

And, in 2020, those gifts mean more than ever.

Stay safe.


About steveandjohnnie

Award winning Chicago Broadcasters, inducted into WGN radio's Walk Of Fame. Authors of the Les Paul memoir, "A Little More Les." http://alittlemoreles.com You'll find even more about us at http://www.steveandjohnnie.com/
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7 Responses to 77!

  1. IrishMary says:

    Happy Birthday, Steve! I’m sure with Johnny baking the cake and planning the festivities, it was a great one! I don’t know if you’ve heard of this website, but, http://www.mamashire.com is a fun informative website for gluten- free recipes and resources. I just happened on it one day and her ideas are great for everyone! You also mentioned ageism and how it affected you at 17 and 77, and I so agree. I’ve seen the senior members of our society treated as if they were invisible, when trying to conduct their business. And I’ve also seen teenagers not being taken seriously and not treated with respect when They are trying to conduct business. If this same sensibility is dished out when seeking job prospects, it would be frustrating and maddening for any age group. In Whatever you are involved, I want to be there, too! Talent and personality are not contingent on AGE! Rock On!

  2. Scott says:

    Happy Birthday, Steve! As I turned 70 this year, I self-published the book, “70 Life’s Lessons.” As you have found, I am sure, these projects – like writing and performing – keep us energized and hopefully out of trouble… Enjoy hearing you and Johnnie on WGN radio when You’re on. Miss you two… Your loyal fan of ages, Scott Paulson 

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  3. Linda Sue Johnson says:

    Thank you for your gift to us in such a special post. Happiness to you and yours and may you have many more good ones.!

  4. Happy Birthday year Steve!

  5. Linda Johnson says:

    Dear Steve, I read your post to my sister and she said to tell you that you may be the same age as Jagger but you look a lot better than he does…..but remember my sister has macular degeneration and is legally blind! Happy 77th Birthday and many more!!!!!!

  6. D'Ann Hamilton-White says:

    Happy Birthday and hope you and Johnnie have many more together. Love your thoughts on turning 77 — a good guide for everyone, regardless of his/her age.

  7. mabiskus says:

    Happy 77th Birthday Steve.

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