Randy 'Rare' Resnick

tapping pioneer

Randy Resnick has played guitar with many blues greats, such as Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

How You Know When You're Old

Paris is a big city. I lived there for over 20 years. I always felt safe, but it's still like New York and other big cities, strangers can be dangerous. If I had a 13 year old daughter, I'd advise her not to talk to strangers in either city. But the first realization of advancing age happened to me a few years ago.

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The first phase

 I was walking home, and two young girls stopped me to ask for directions. No big deal, but I distinctly felt something a man doesn't want to feel. They wouldn't flirt with me, I'm a kindly old man, their grandfather's age! This was the first hint of not being a predator (or at least contender).  

Phase two

What happened to me last year was a simple, everday thing that has moved me from one age group into another. I had a near brush with this insidious temporal phenomenon a few years ago.  Yesterday, at around 5PM in the outskirts of Bordeaux, I got on a crowded tram car. As I looked in vain for a seat, a young woman asked me if I would like to sit down, vacated the seat and I was forced to enter a new, "golden" age by accepting it!The final years

Ok, so the young woman who was cutting my hair a few weeks ago said, "OMG you're older than my grandmother!" But here's the thing. In my head I'm still 18, still in the running, still a contender.