I’m briefly reviving The Adios Lounge for a very special reason. I want to wish my eldest daughter, Leilani, a happy 10th birthday. Double figures, baby! It’s hard to believe you were born a decade ago. It’s also hard to believe I haven’t been allowed to speak with you since you were 3. Well, you are officially closer to 18 — when you can do what you damn well please — than you are to 0, so clearly the hero in all of this is Time. Time doesn’t just heal Leilani-sized holes in the heart, it’s also an unwitting ally for both of us. Remember: We are samurai. We can take what the weak dish out, persevere, and come out the other side stronger and better. Keep fighting, honey.
I hit the Big 1-0
I feel so old
Candy just doesn’t taste as good anymore”
Your birthday also gives me an excuse to play this killer Alejandro Escovedo song — which I’m happy to note, my other daughters have adopted as something of an anthem. Edie and Lu love to sing this in the car. Well, this and about a dozen other songs on Bloodshot’s kids compilation, The Bottle Let Me Down. “The Big 1-0” is about getting older and things not being as fun as they used to be. Yeah, I think I can relate to that concept. Love you, Leilani. Daddy misses you everyday.
Alejandro Escovedo – Sad And Dreamy (The Big 1-0)
The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs For Bumpy Wagon Rides, 2002