In Focus • 4
Cherishing the serendipity of the gifts that life gifts...
In Focus is part of my newsletter Beginner’s Mind and it’s a bi-weekly 🤞 collection of curiosities that inform and shape my outlook of the world. The thread that will run through In Focus will be: examining the human condition and the things that shape the everyday.
About ten years ago, I went to a show to see the Elvis Tribute Artist, Bob West, who paid tribute to Elvis since 1975.
The first time I saw him perform, it was Halloween and I went with my younger brother and girlfriend. The show took place at Nikos, a Chicagoland banquet hall on the southwest side of the city.
At this point in time, I was entranced by rock and roll, and Elvis’s music was no exception. I had an iPod Classic at the time, you know, the one that you could load videos to, and I remember studying the Don’t Be Cruel video, hypnotized by this otherworldly person.
At the concert, Bob West played all the hits, with the sound coming strong and flooding the venue with all the classics. I believe, our entourage, (girlfriend, brother, and me) were the youngest ones there, yet the music and performance transcended generations and collectively united us all.
Over the years, Bob West became a family friend. He would greet us at shows and give us small tokens of gratitude for our continued support. His caring attitude and enthusiasm for life never went unnoticed.
Last week Bob West passed away at the age of 65, leaving behind a loving family and friends who cherished him.
As I contemplate his passing, I cherish the serendipity and extend gratitude towards the connections we make on behalf of something — in this case, the something is the music of Elvis who granted us access to a new friend.
Life is full of gifts.
Consider donating to fund Bob West’s funeral costs here.
Bob West • Bolingbrook, Illinois • 2011