Wilko Johnson Dr Feelgood guitarist announces his farewell tour. It really is a goodbye tour. He has 10 months to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He describes a life of hyper awareness. Tiny details of life appearing wonderful. The knowledge of a date when your life is going to end must bring an intensity and ecstasy that a long life ahead cannot. The John Cougar’s lyric “..life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone” must appear a luxury with a limited amount of life to live.
Wilko Johnson described the way he leads his life as “I am a feather for each wind that blows” A modern metaphor taken by business would ‘be riding the wave’. There is real skill in knowing your strengths and weaknesses. To be able to go with the opportunities that your life offers. This takes a humility and flexibility that Wilko demonstrated. Throughout the interview there is an air of acceptance. Wilko feels lucky and talks about a talent of being able to be out of control of your life. Then to wait to take control when you can. Then maximise the opportunities that present, before letting go again.
He continued with the statement: “Anybody who asks for anymore would just be being greedy”. This bucks the trend of commercialism where we are encouraged to consume more. The fictional character of Gordon Gekko’s and his phrase “Greed is Good” appears trite and meaningless against the majesty of Wilko Johnson and his attitude to life.
The major political event of the week was David Cameron’s speech to the European Union to reclaim sovereignty and power back to the UK. It is difficult to tell whether this is about his own personal ideologue, or a practical attempt to reign in the lack of democracy in the EU. To gain perspective and to test his own political views he could have a conversation with Wilko Johnson, on what is ultimately important. The way you lead your life, or the way you impose your leadership on others.
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