Photo by my childhood friend and doppelgänger Jeremy Farson.
Gary invited me up on stage to sing a song last night at the museum. It always brings back so many memories to see Gary and to get to play with him was such a treat. We always fall right back into it like we were teenagers again… “I’ve just seen a face. I can’t forget the time or place…” So much fun…
Gary played all my favs of his, like “Barstool” and “No Poetry.” Gary is such an amazing lyricist and performer…
And, of course, he played his mega hit “Mad World,” which appeared originally in the Donnie Darko soundtrack and went on to become a UK #1 Christmas single.
But the song that really got me was “Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor, which Gary dedicated to brother Micah, a song the three of us used to listen to when we were teenagers and our whole worlds and hearts were being torn apart by the trappings of modern society. I could barely hold back the tears that welled up in my eyes.
“I don’t know no love songs and I can’t sing the blues anymore…”
Brother Micah, director of Museum of Man, did a fantastic job running the auction to raise money future exhibits. It was great to see how excited his staff is about the new energy there.
And it was wonderful to catch up with so many of my high school friends. We all remembered the many school trips we made as youngsters to the museum, a true diamond in the rough.
We’re all looking forward to the programs that brother Micah has in store for next year… Stay tuned!
Lots of reasons for smiles in the Parzen family these days. :-)
I’ve known for a week or so but had to keep a lid on it: brother Micah (right, giving a toast at our wedding) has landed what might just be his dream job, the Executive Directorship of San Diego’s Museum of Man.
Here’s what he had to say on his Facebook:
Micah David Parzen is OVER THE MOON to announce that, beginning August 9, he will be the new Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park! Stay tuned–and jump on board–for great things facebook friends! I can use all the support I can get!
(Check out this link to an article in the San Diego paper of record, The Union-Tribune.)
Above: The brothers Parzen: Tad, me, and Micah. We sure clean up nicely, don’t we? ;-)
You see, brother Micah isn’t just a partner in one of San Diego’s top law firms. He also has a Ph.D. in anthropology. He filed his dissertation “‘Culturally Appropriate’ Mental Health Care: Wilderness Therapy for Navajo Youth” in 2000 at Case Western.
Dude, we are so stoked for you… Congratulations and double mazel! It’s simply brilliant. :-)