Blues for T

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.


Filed under July 2009, Sounds

3 responses to “Blues for T

  1. Terry Anderson

    Thanks Jeff. Damn Right I Got the Blues. But I can’t say enough about the support from friends like you. Better than a grocery store retirement cake.

  2. It’s tough out there now. I can relate, having been laid off 4 years ago this summer after 17 years at a publication. Now I’m on my 3rd bout of unemployment and hoping things turn around.

    Hang in there.

  3. bamabob

    Been there myself—multiple times. Everyone knows they are coming, but never knowing if you are on the “bubble” or not—and then ya get called into the bosses office. Sorry to hear about it “T”… hang tough.

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