Working in the newspaper business is a bit like riding a rocket right into the ground.
Today was another of those sad, surreal days that are becoming all too commonplace.
We’ve known for some time that another round of layoffs was coming. We’ve known for a while that the news would come down today. So you sit and wait and try not to worry about it because there’s nothing you can do about it … except have Plan B ready.
Thankfully, I will go back to work tomorrow. However, 19 others will not.
One of the 19 is my old friend T, whom I have known for more than 25 years. We long ago played basketball and downed many beers. We’ve seen all of T’s kids grow up. His youngest daughter was one of our babysitters when our son was little.
So here is a song for T.
I wrote about it a couple of years ago, recalling the night it blew us away as we drove home from a basketball game.
“Rememberin’ Stevie,” Buddy Guy, from “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues,” 1991. The CD is out of print but is available digitally.
You might think the title track might be more appropriate for this situation, and you might be right.
However, “Rememberin’ Stevie” — a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan — is a tune that reminds me of the good times with T.