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Rock ‘n’ Roll Bass Player Leaves Job Seekers a Great Lesson

6 December 2009 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz No Comment
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bass Player Leaves Job Seekers a Great Lesson

I just ran into “Get the Right Balance“, a blog post written at a simple blog site”Welcome to the Occupation” written by Paul Smith. Paul identifies himself as “an HR manager at a non-profit organization in the Northeast.” A simple guy promoting a simple way of life per this article.

Paul’s article chronicles a documentary he saw on Arthur Kane, the bass player for New York Dolls. Back in the ’70s, the New York Dolls were a thing, but by 2004 things were much different. The new Arthur Kane is a recovering alcoholic, a devoted Mormon and working as – get this – a librarian. He is shown as humble and low key. He’s not wishing for his better days nor aspiring again to some unbelievable future glory. He’s seen as appreciating the now. The article says,

…what you see in this movie is a guy so focused in the moment. He’s not thinking about the past or the future. He’s thinking about this moment now.

I recently wrote, “Five Steps for Beating the Christmas Bah Humbug Job Seeker Blues” going over how easy it is for me to get caught up in my own busyness. I’m still committed to my five steps so I make this a great Christmas, experience life to the fullest and make myself available to those around me.

In the same light, this documentary tells how the New York Dolls were asked to reunite for one small gig in a London music festival. This was not piece of cake. Kane had to:

  • buy back his old bass guitar from a pawn shop,
  • rehearse for a mere week with a band that hadn’t played together in 30 years and
  • play as the New York Dolls for only one short gig with no promise of anything bigger.

He experience a great performance focusing on the moment per the story and returned to life as a librarian in the States. This is where it takes a sudden turn. Twenty-two days later Kane feels bad, goes to the hospital and dies abruptly.

Paul Smith reaction in his article mimics mine exactly:

When this bombshell hits, my jaw hits the floor and I think how horrible. This guy is just getting his life back and then it’s gone. But then on second thought, no, what a complete life he had. Despite all the hardship, he pulled it together in the end and came full circle.

I know as I went through my job hunts (yes there was more than one), it was so easy to focus on the regrets and worry about the future. Take a look at Career Jockey’s Spirituality Topic for several books reviews and articles I’ve written about living in the moment and enjoying all you have. I don’t know any other way to live that gives me more happiness.

This is the best advice I can give anyone going through a struggle of any kind.

Hope this helps.


Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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