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A Thought for Today

Suffer silently or out loud but never despair.


March 13, 2001

Dear Ken,

I can't begin to tell you how much I've genuinely enjoyed your flight plans leading up to the concerts and then those where you enlisted your cadre of 'cub reporters' to describe the performances. Based on the mail and comments I've received I'm not alone in my appreciation. I know how much love and work you put into all of this and it surely equals whatever effort I put into the shows.

So, once again it's a duel triumph. We do make a helluva team.

You are a born writer. And it is my good fortune that you are also a dedicated keeper of the flame of all that I've worked so hard to build over the years.

I wish more than anything in the world that you could have been along to experience this past week. You were such a part of it without knowing it. I won't add anything to what your correspondents have written right now because I'd like to save it for a series of "Dispatches from the Front" for next weeks Flight Plans. I do admit to still being a little shell-shocked from 5 of the best and most memorable nights in my life. In addition to the concerts I am including, of course, the three S.T.A.G.E Aids benefit performances. 

So many nice people -- old friends, new friends and strangers who didn't feel strange at all and became instant family. There are heaps of dizzy, touching and delightful moments that I want to talk about. With your permission I'll take the weekend off in an attempt to digest it all, so that I can write my own version of how everything went down. 



Details of Rod's upcoming concerts and appearances can be obtained via the link below:

Rod McKuen Concerts & Appearances

notable birthdays Jack Cassidy o Kevin Connolly o Samantha Eggar o Eugene Fodor o Andy Gibb o Rex Harrison o Christopher Hibbert o Jake Lloyd o James Noble o Frank Norris o Pier Paolo Pasolini o Howard Pyle o Paul Sand o Dean Stockwell o Niki Taylor o Barry Tuckwell o Heitor Villa-Lobos o Michael Warren o Fred Williamson o Constance Fenimore Woolson
Rod's random thoughts Anarchy is anarchy only from the standpoint of other people's concepts of order.

What this country needs is a good twenty-five cent quarter.

Let go of memories, build on dreams.


Alive, awake
we anguish for the dead
we wail and weep.
But it is for ourselves
                    that tears
and tearing at the heart
                      is done.

We do not grieve
because the earth
reclaims its own.
We weep because
we're suddenly deprived
of good companions
    sound judgment
and familiar counsel. 

- from Folio No. 16, Winter 1977
1977, 1988, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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