It has been interesting to listen to Garrison Keillor, creator and long-time host of A Prairie Home Companion, since he announced last fall that he would be retiring this summer. He introduced the next host on one of his shows back then, Chris Thile, and let Chris do several shows. That mandolin really talks in Chris’ hands – Bach, no less. Mostly this spring and summer, Garrison has been hosting, but ends his summer run on July 2. Then evidently he’ll be doing the show from the Minnesota State Fair in September, and turning it absolutely over to Chris on October 15.
He has been superhot here lately – doing amazing and topical re-takes on old songs. The skits have been tops, the imitations of presidents and politicians absolutely hysterical. A great way to go out, riding on a cresting wave!
Since I am also retiring from a job I basically invented, as of December 31, 2016, I have been taking careful notes on Garrison’s approach. I mention my retirement, but not too often. I also mention what we have to do next year when we do a given program or event, to imprint the pattern I want to see carried out – though I won’t be around to make it happen. I am busy building up the audience, raising the funds to maintain and expand our efforts, looking for new financing methods for community development projects, making sure hot neighborhoods are noticed, and that community development is seen as a cool career. And especially getting back in touch with old friends and supporters, while creating new ones at the same time.
Garrison has set a great path before me, and I’m following it well – and having a terrific time!