Good article. He seems to be a man of fairly ordinary means who chooses to live in an interesting way . . . sort of an artist in his own right, over and above his music, much unlike the stereotypical guy with two Porsches, methinks
There's a working dance-band musician in the modern era who can afford seven vintage cars? That's the most astounding part of the story.
The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. -- William Jennings Bryan
I didn't read the article all that carefully, but as I recall there was no mention of children. Also, I got the impression that he lived in a cheap flat in Brooklyn (I have to admit that I don't really know all that much about Brooklyn). So he has a certain amount of income to spend on toys, although perhaps not necessarily all that much. IIRC, his daily driver is a 66 Plymouth Fury, which lacks only a turret-mounted gun on the roof and has very little else going for it (I remember when these were new!). It's not like he has a Packard, a Pierce Arrow, and a Speed-Six Bentley, and lives in a grand Art Deco place in NYC. My guess is that many of the older people who post here could easily afford his collection of vintage items, rather than only the very rich among us. But it's just a guess, of course. By the way, Mr. Stratford and Ms. Maine, I enjoy your contributions to the forum very much.
Best regards -- Angus
If in doubt - overdress.
As for whether I would live the same, I can honestly say no I do not think that I would - his behaviour sounds like that of a lottery winner overloaded with the potential to buy... Would I like to drive a vintage car and bedeck my house in vintage style? Certainly, but not as some kind of status symbol reminiscent of the behaviour that was more to do with the losing of old ways as keeping them. To me it isnt about buying expensive old things, its about owning and looking after old things that speak of older ways, whilst he reminds me of the "bright young thing" upperclass generation who frittered their parents wealth in (sorry to use the phrase again) conspicuous consumption.
It would have been nice to see instead an article about someone who loves the totality of older ways, rather than someone playing dressup in their grandfathers clothes.
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