With the death of Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stone’s iconic drummer, I began thinking about how much meaning Watts and the Stones have brought to millions of people like myself.  Their music went beyond just a fan’s perspective, because I hear the Stone’s influence in many of my favorite bands like U2 and Oasis, and it goes on and on.

Music plays an important role in many of our lives and when I heard the Stones were coming to New Orleans in 2019, I made it my mission to get my kids to the concert.  Sadly, and accurately, I felt that this would be a final opportunity to see the band with so many original performers and I wanted to share that experience with my young children who were only somewhat aware of the Rolling Stones at the time.  We had an awesome, memorable time.

Why am I writing about the Rolling Stones?  The tickets were expensive, but buying those tickets ultimately brought tremendous meaning to me as a father and a live music fan.  My shared experiences with my wife and children are invaluable to me and while not all those experiences require large amounts of money to happen, some do.  So, my wife and I do our best to prepare to take advantage of those opportunities when they arise.  This is one small way we put together meaning with our money.

At ThirtyNorth Investments, we are driven to help our clients recognize the meaning that their money can bring to their lives.  Often meaning is defined as saving for financial security or leaving a legacy or sometimes saving for a house or a wedding.  Whatever the case, we often find that our clients are most satisfied when both we and they understand the meaning they ascribe to their money.

The Associated Press began its article on Watts this way:

LONDON – Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythms sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist.  He was 80. Full article here.

 Charlie Watts found meaning far beyond being a great rock and roll drummer, and he used his money from that “day job” to find it. That sounds like a good way to live a life.

Thank you, Charlie Watts!  Your legacy lives!  RIP.

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