Val Haller in her Chicago "house concert" room
How many of us have reinvented ourselves over the years, particularly as we find ourselves with an empty nest or knocking on the door of retirement? Last month I met Val Haller, a fellow Fierce 50+ woman who’s not only as crazy about music as I am, but she turned it into the focus of her reinvention. What started as an idea to create a curated playlist on a streaming music app–ValsList–so busy adults can enjoy more than the music they grew up with, Val Haller has become an influencer and a powerful brand in the music industry.
Many adults don’t like rap or don’t want to listen to the current music stations in hopes of sifting through music they don’t like in hopes of finding something they do like. What’s more, the sheer number of music discovery platforms have left many Boomers a bit bewildered, and so they’re stuck in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
In addition to her popular Val’s list, Val was featured on Oprah; she wrote a weekly music column for the “Boomer” section of the New York Times, and she began hosting “house concerts” in her Chicago home, featuring cool bands. Val’s concerts have become so popular, she’s taking them on the road to country clubs and other organizations. What started as a love for music has allowed her to think about expanding on a national level.
This is the first of many music lists Val will be curating just for 1010ParkPlace! We’re excited to have her join us, and if you like her suggestions, you can either download them to your playlist/start a playlist of your own, or checkout her website and her app! Enjoy!
Last week my husband and I went to a Blood, Sweat and Tears concert with friends we’ve known for over 35 years. Yes, Blood, Sweat and Tears’s 50th Anniversary tour. Does that make you feel old? It did me. It was held at a small concert venue that seated 300 people. When we walked in, my hubby said “Good grief. This is a Geezer Fest.” The average age of the audience was at least 60. Yep, I’m a geezer now. But it was one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in a long time.
Anyone who knows Liza Kindred, wearable tech guru and founder of ThirdWaveFashion, a fashion think tank, knows how much she loves the beach. Liza and new husband, Josh Clark, another tech brainiac, were even married on the beach this summer.
“I feel like my whole life is trying to get back to a beach, said Liza. “Everything else is just what’s happening in-between.”
Speaking of “in-between,” check out Liza and Third Wave Fashion’s new print magazine. If Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Mechanics had a baby, it would be swaddled in Third Wave Magazine.
For the last 20 years, Kimberly Montgomery has been a single mom, raising two daughters and running her art and design business from her home. After both of her girls left the nest, Kimberly decided it was time to begin the next chapter of her life. She packed up her belonging and moved from the suburbs of Northern California, to a little town on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Don’t you love gutsy women? As part of her next chapter, Kimberly started a blog, called FiftyJewels.com. Continue Reading
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When I was in my 20s, every few months my first husband and I traveled to Mexico, Central America, The Bahamas, or the Virgin Islands. Anywhere we could dig for Mayan artifacts, minerals and crystals and/or scuba dive. I always took a straw hat—so big it almost needed it’s own airline seat—and my pink plastic boombox. I loved that thing! It was the predecessor to ghetto blasters, and had a strap so I could carry it over my shoulder, like a purse.
THANK GOODNESS, I WASN’T A VIRGIN!
Because music is such a big part of our lives, 1010 Park Place is asking some of the people we’ve interviewed to list their favorite songs for you to download to your playlist. To kickoff our inaugural Playlist, singer/songwriter, Kat Edmonson has curated some tunes along with where she’d like to listen to them.
“I HAD SO MUCH FUN MAKING THIS PLAYLIST, IMAGINING I WAS HANGING OUT BY THE POOL, IN A BATHING SUIT, WITH SOME KIND OF TROPICAL DRINK!” —KAT EDMONSON