Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Blind Item #7 - Kindness

The tipster said it best, so I will leave it as is. Unfortunately they didn't provide any type of description for the kindhearted person, so I shall tell you the person was a foreign born permanent A list singer who was a multiple Grammy winner and has an iconic song all of you know.

When I was younger than I am now... There was a festival. I guess you would call it a foreign festival. But it was THE festival. My Dad and I went. The weather was great. We were camping. There were loads of activities, drumming, crafts etc it was crowded. I was old enough to wander off on my own but clearly not old enough to find my way back.

So I lost my Dad. We had arranged a meeting place if we got separated. Problem was I couldn't find the place. Because I was a chronic daydreamer. So there I was, in the biggest crowd I'd ever seen, surrounded by hippies. No dad in sight. I wandered around for what felt like hours but was probably minutes before bursting into tears.

Someone tapped my shoulder. Asked if I was ok. It was a nice old man. I'm snot crying and can barely speak at this point. I said I'm lost, can't find dad. He said 'It's ok we'll find him together.'  We looked for our meeting spot which I barely remember.

While we were walking he told me about the time he lost his mom at the park and how scary it was. Trying to help me feel less embarrassed. "We've all been there. Everyone's had this experience at least once. We all found our parents again." Etc. It was a while before we found it. He probably had better things to do than babysitting me.

Anyway Dad was waiting for me. I hugged him and started crying again. Meanwhile he shook the man's hand and thanked him etc. He seemed unusually taken with the guy. I thanked him. He said I was most welcome. Tipped his hat at me and away he went.

Dad. Starstruck says " DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT WAS?"

75 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Leonard Cohen?

Max Power said...

Garcia?

Tricia13 said...

Song being Hallelujah?

Captain Fantastic said...

Gary Glitter?

Urban Rosebud said...

LOL

Tricia13 said...

Maybe it was the Montréal Jazz Festival.... first year was meant to be 1979 but was 1980....
Maybe I’m partial because I loved him so

YoSoyMilk said...

@max, I'm going with Garcia

YoSoyMilk said...

Woodstock

gauloise said...

neil young?

gauloise said...

Garcia was born San Fran

Tricia13 said...

Neil Young is still alive(Thank God )

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Tricia13 said...

Tom Petty is American.

I’ll guess maybe George Michael/Live Aid

gauloise said...

Live Aid USA for the festival? Foreign cause it was organized by the Brits.

Tricia13 said...

1985
Song not sure about-May e Wake Me Up(hope not it’s my least favorite lol).

gauloise said...

I keep concentrating on the wrong words, Tricia :)

George as Wham was at Wembley, and he was still young at the time.

Weekittylass said...

McCartney? Glastonbury 2004?

Tricia13 said...

He was probably young... loved him too!
Just sounds like a deceased artist-but you got festival likely because of the foreign but not etc:)
Someone will get it!

yepthatsme said...

Dancing Boy!

MDAnderson said...

Surrounded by hippies makes me think of a reggae festival. Jimmy Cliff??
Peter Gabriel play any festivals??

Tinkerbell said...

+1 Tricia ... Leonard Cohen .. iconic song: Hallelujah ... Montreal ... I'm partial too, still play his music ...

Tricia13 said...

If reggae than Bob Marley.

Tricia13 said...

Iconic song could be many-but probably One Love .

Tricia13 said...

He was magic

Brayson87 said...

Don't take your children to f*cking music festivals. It's dangerous for them and annoying for everyone else.
I feel like the "tipped his hat" is an important clue.

MDAnderson said...

Nah I think your guess is it. Agree with Brayson with the tip your hat clue. Leonard Cohen always had a hat on in his later years.

Tinkerbell said...

+1 Brayson87 ... agree that children don't belong at music festivals ... also agree that "tipped his hat" is a big clue ... Leonard Cohen was known for dressing up in suits & dress hats when he performed, so I'm sticking with him as my guess ...

Tricia13 said...

Cohen and his pork pie hat:))))

Brayson87 said...

Summary:
Neglectful father takes his daydreamer/ADHD underage daughter to music festival, loses her in crowd of hippies. Abandoned daughter wanders through crowd, has mental breakdown. She gets assisted by the one of the few old men in the crowd that doesn't want to turn her out. Old man helps traumatized daughter find neglectful father. Turns out old man is a famous musician.

The End

Brayson87 said...

Love Cohen! :)

AkhaldanSolo said...

Tinkerbell said...

+1 Tricia ... Leonard Cohen .. iconic song: Hallelujah ... Montreal ... I'm partial too, still play his music ...


Good good guess Tricia. I'm glad you brought his name up.

Poor Leonard was an MkUltra test subject. Here, his girlfriend testifies to angst and torture the man suffered daily from these experiences and also SWEARS that she, Leonard and others were experimented on by none other than Joseph Mengele, Hitlers medical henchman who was spirited away to Argentina and America through Vatican Ratlines and America's Project Paperclip.

https://www.geist.com/fact/essays/how-i-finally-met-leonard-cohen/

Mad Marlin said...

Joe Cocker. Woodstock. Get by with a little help from my friends.

Herbert Arnold said...

im going with woodstock and carlos santana. nicest guy you could meet.

kelli grrrl said...

Carlos Santana wouldn’t have been a “nice old man” at Woodstock, since he was in his early 20s at that time.

Herbert Arnold said...

if youre a kid and "snot nose crying" because you lost your dad at a concert a lot of people might seem older to you. whoever it is bless them for their kindness.

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds said...

Leonard Cohenw as not at Woodstock, he had lots of feelings about hippies.

He played at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Isle of Wight festival,

Something about the line "When I was younger than I am now" makes me thing of 'So Long Marianne'.

Also, he spoke often about aging.

I hope this is him because I love him so and the 3 times I saw him live were the 3 best shows I have been to.

sandybrook said...

I'm with Mad Marlin and Joe Cocker even though he wasn't all that old when he played Gastonberry in 1985.

Herbert Arnold said...

"when i was younger than i am now" could also apply to john lennon/help, or eric burton/when i was young. not being critical, just kickin the can.

Brayson87 said...

"When I was younger than I am now... There was a festival. I guess you would call it a foreign festival. But it was THE festival."

Not Woodstock unless you consider that foreign.

cheesegrater15 said...

Pretty accurate. Dad was an idiot.

Unknown said...

Phil Collins?

Sharpie said...

Could this be Glastonbury? Leonard played there in 2008.

Dana Hamblen said...

Reading festival

Trapped said...

I have no clue, but he was a good human being.. There's always good people in the world, all we ever hear about is what's bad in the news.

gauloise said...

This can't be live aid, it was at the peak of New Wave, no hippies and crafting allowed!

Agree, is probably Montreal/French Canada and Cohen

gauloise said...

What about the Festival Express?

It was a train that went across Canada stopping in different cities to perform with Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, Traffic and more. I never heard about this one, but there is a documentary and it looks really cool.

Freckles said...

Ripped his hat has to be a clue. Leonard Cohen?

Freckles said...

Tipped....freaking spellchecker

J said...

"Chronic daydreamer"

Yeah, that's why.

Christina said...

I'd say Garcia and Woodstock, but Garcia was pretty young at that time -- his hair wasn't gray until the mid
'70s. I'd say Leonard Cohen or someone older than Garcia. But maybe Garcia? It's something he would do...

barrelhunk said...

I agree with Cohen but not with the Montreal jazz fest, people don't camp there, it's never been hippie...

Tricia13 said...

He was amazing and by all accounts an Incredibly kind person....
Lovely story whoever it is:) warns the heart

valerie g said...

I'm sorta old and I know the name Leonard Cohen, but I would not recognize him if he was standing next to me right now.


Carlos Santana - wears a cap or hat often. Info seems to imply he has passed on, maybe the 'was' has to do with him not having any recent awards.
I would recognize him if he was standing next to me and has several iconic songs, but Smooth is very well known.

Tricia13 said...

Yeah his black fedora....(said porkpie above but it was his signature lid)

valerie g said...

I think I'm wrong.

"There was a festival. I guess you would call it a foreign festival. But it was THE festival."

Woodstock wasn't considered foreign was it? Montreal Jazz Fest - I have heard of it, but is (or was) it THE festival?



James Howlett said...

Bob Dylan hint is a lyric, I was old then, I'm younger than that now.

Christina said...

If it was Woodstock, it wasn't Dylan -- he was on the Queen Mary at the time. But it could have been Dylan at another concert. Live Aid? Us concert? Monterey Pop? I don't think he was at any of those. I'm stymied!!!

Tricia13 said...

Bob Dylan was born on Minnesota

Tricia13 said...

In

Torr said...

It’s got to be Glastonbury.

Wardrobe said...

This is definitely Glastonbury, THE festival outside the USA. The festival full stop, if you ask me. Could be Cohen, who played in 08.

Could also be Van Morrison who played multiple times in the 80s and 90s, and always wears a hat!

Tricia13 said...

Still think it’s LC in MontrĂ©al... 2008.
Foreign but not because of US/Canada proximity.
Hippies are always at jazz festivals (see exhibit A -Jazzfest New Orleans).
It’s not written from the POV of an Englishperson IMO. It very North American and sounds like a neighbor....
https://m.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=2FpwjQLZTTs

Either way he was -everything.

agcblinditems said...

I think it was Leonard Cohen Glastonbury Festival/2008/74 years old. "Hallelujah" always gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes.

dX927 said...

In a shocking twist it was Gary Glitter.

Joey JoJo Jr Shabado said...

He's a grumpy bastard though. He'd never be that nice to anyone.

RobertaJoan said...

Bob Dylan

"But I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now."

Melody Clark said...

I think I've heard this story. It was Glastonbury, if so. And McCartney.

Braveheart said...

Well played Captain Fantastic!

Spike Gomes said...

I'm gonna go with Leonard Cohen as well. If you read his biographies, he seemed to have a soft spot for small children and a knack for talking to them without seeming patronizing.

Anonymous said...


Foreign artists with multiple Grammy wins..

Mick Jagger, Ed Sheeran, George Michael, Michael Buble, Clapton, Bowie, Seal, Elton John, David Foster, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Harrison, Ringo, Lennon...who did I forget

Also, Neil Young had the song "Old Man" ..

Jennacheryl said...

For my first thought it was farm aid or the 2nd Woodstock. Then someone above reminded me that it said Foreign Festival. This was one of the biggest in the 1980s
Moscow Music Peace Festival,
Everyone was there. But Italy has one too, I think it's the Spoleto one, that B.B. king used to play. I may have the wrong name sorry if I do.

chimera said...

"When I was younger than I am now" ==> "When I was younger, so much younger than today." ��

Was McCartney @ Glastonbury in '08? Wear hats?

gauloise said...

@PHoenix, well the blind indicates he is dead. So the only person of your list that would fit is Cohen or one of the dead beatles, but did they do festivals?

Also Cohen looked old even when he was young

Bigbro411 said...

I don't know who it is, but, I love the kindness blinds. There aren't enough of them.

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