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A friend forworded me this...it's in Country Music Magazine!
Goodbye again, Naturally
by Spencer Davis
You hear it all the time, usually from the stars of aging television series. They say that they are ending their shows in order to “go out on top.” Their fans allow this small prevarication out of appreciation for the years of entertainment the star has provided.
Perhaps the only modern example of someone who truly chose to go out on top is Steve Martin. Some 25 years ago America was singing along to “King Tut” and dealing with attacks of “happy feet.” Looking like a Good Humor Man for the postmodern era, Martin was the hot comic of the day. Then, while the crowd still roared for more, he quietly hung up his white suit, leaving a glaringly empty spotlight behind.
In the ensuing years he has found success in a multitude of artistic endeavors. Fine Arts collector? Done that. Playwright? Done that. Voice artist for children’s films? Done that. Star of family films? Done that. Serious actor? Done that. Novelist? Done that. Freelance columnist to major magazines? Done that.
Perhaps it is due to this ongoing string of successes that the artistic world was unprepared for the announcement Martin made last month at the Academy of Film Arts Conference in Las Vegas. With a wry smile, Martin explained that his upcoming films, “The Pink Panther” and “Shopgirl” will be his last. It seems he believes these movies will be a fitting coda for his acting career.
“I’ve done it all!” the silver-haired Martin exclaimed. “Dating, sex, marriage, birth, family life, death....” With a wistful grin, he let his words trail off.
”A few months ago,” Martin explained, “I was at Billy Joel’s wedding reception. Among the guests were some of my buddies from The Dirt Band. We had a few glasses of wine, and started reminiscing about the good old days, when we were all performing in San Francisco, trying to get our careers started. Well, one thing led to another, and we realized, the chance hasn’t passed us by! We got together a few times, jammed, wrote some music. God, it feels good to have picks on my hands again!”
Those who have known Martin as a comedian and actor may be surprised to find that he is also a grammy winning banjo player! Martin continued, “Things just took off! Last month we signed a contract with a major label. If all goes well, within a few weeks there will be an event to celebrate the launch of our new act, which we are calling Fogey Mountain Breakdown.” In fact, according to media sources, a tour of small venues nationwide is planned for Summer ‘05.
Does musical acclaim await Martin in this new venture? We can only guess based on the past. Time and time again Martin has proved that he knows when to say goodbye and when to say hello again. Naturally.