A few months back, I visited my dear friend Jeffrey Scales at The New York Times and it hit me: this is the last year I can say I am in my 50s. It was an awaking moment for me. I have known Jeffrey since I was 19. Then this came out of my mouth:
“I will turn 60 this year and I never thought that my life would ever end. I always felt invincible, and I still feel invincible, but there will be an end. I intend to live the rest of my life as I have in the past – to its fullest – and live every day without fear. I will speak my mind and live like every day could be my last on this earth.”
Perez Presents Sunday Duo House Concert Series
Milestones Vocal Perez – Music -Miles Davis -Lyrics Giacomo Gates
I am a free spirit: a storyteller, a singer, a personal assistant, an art director, a brand manager, a graphic designer, a photographer, an event planner, a concert producer, an operations office manager. I have lived in two cities in the USA, and in three countries abroad. I have had a blessed life. It did start out rough, but it’s been an amazing journey. I have an amazing husband, an amazing job, and I work with super-talented musicians. I have a great close circle of friends – I feel blessed.
I also have begun a romance with the health club Equinox. I’ve been going almost every morning at 6:30am to work out. I can’t tell you all how wonderful this makes me feel as I sit at my desk working and trying to book gigs. It’s important to stay fit and, with hot yoga, alignment flow yoga, stretching classes at Equinox, it’s really helping. I have even invested in hiring a personal trainer! So far, turning 60 is a great thing for me.
1957 was a very good year. Besides my birth, in 1957 Frank Sinatra released-this amazing album.
WHERE ARE YOU -Arranger, Conductor: Nelson Riddle
“Where Are You?” (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:30
“The Night We Called It a Day” (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) – 3:28
“I Cover the Waterfront” (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 2:58
“Maybe You’ll Be There” (Rube Bloom, Sammy Gallop) – 3:07
“Laura” (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) – 3:28
“Lonely Town” (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) – 4:12
“Autumn Leaves” (Jacques Prévert, Mercer, Joseph Kosma) – 2:52
“I’m a Fool to Want You” (Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, Joel Herron) – 4:51
“I Think of You” (Jack Elliott, Don Marcotte) – 3:04
“Where Is the One?” (Alec Wilder, Edwin Finckel) – 3:13
“There’s No You” (Tom Adair, Hal Hopper) – 3:48
“Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” (Charles Warfield, Clarence Williams) – 3:00
CD re-release bonus tracks:
“I Can Read Between the Lines” (David Franklin, Ray Getzov) – 2:43
“It Worries Me” (Fritz Schultz-Reichelt, Carl Sigman) – 2:53
“Rain (Falling from the Skies)” (Robert Mellin, Gunther Finlay) – 3:25
“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) – 3:08 Ted Koeh
Perez LA CAL. 1982
Other great albums released in 1957
Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods
Art Blakey: Orgy In Rhythm
Yusef Lateef: Jazz Mood
John Coltrane: Blue Train
John Lewis: The John Lewis Piano
Milt Jackson: Soul Brothers
Miles Davis: Miles Ahead
Kenny Burrell: All Day Long
Ben Webster: Soulville
Sonny Rollins: Way Out West
Ben Webster: Tenor Giants
Jazz artists born in 1957
Bobby Sanabria, drummer/percussionist, composer and producer,
Dave Stryker, guitarist
Eddie Allen, trumpeter and flugel horn player
Geri Allen, pianist and composer
PEREZ , singer- producer
Rare Vintage wines from 1957
Mr and Mrs Stegeman
As time goes by: laugh, love, always have a great work ethic, and be happy – life is a precious gift. Much love from me to you. Here is a powerful song that is ringing in my heart these next few weeks as I exit my 50s and enter my 60th year on this great earth.
Rufus Wainwright – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
From the Folk Awards 2016
Robin Wood says
I have only ever known you from afar. But two dear friends I have known almost longer than anyone else, are both dear friends of yours. So, happy road to 60 dear friend of my dearests!
Anita Wardell says
Blessed to have you in my life Di Di, you are a beautiful giving soul! Talented, smart, kind and so much fun. Loved reading your blog.
Can’t wait to see you soon!
Loved seeing all of the pictures of your life. I don’t ever remember a time you were not around, walking to Grandma’s from the bus stop, coming to spend the weekends with her. Even when you were in California and Amsterdam. You have had a great life and I am so glad to know you. Love you.
Donna – thank you – she did help form my life – with her love and energy- i am glad to know you as well- xoxox
Love your spirit Di, and all the pics. Trust me, it’s great!!
yayayaya 8 weeks left then I am in the club!