Israel Edward Press, O.D., 1920-2015 – Part 8: The Leader of the Band

Dan Fogelberg’s hauntingly beautiful song often comes to mind when thinking about my father.  I learned so much by observing him and having his office in our house, as was common in the 1950s and 60s, providing a unique opportunity to gain a feel for a very personalized level of care that is quickly vanishing.  My style and mode of practice has stayed true to his principles, and I repay him in my own ways.  Here are the key extracted lyrics that embody what I feel:

He earned his love
Through discipline
A thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
Took me years to understand.

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through
My instrument
And his song is in my soul —
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
I’m just a living legacy
To the leader of the band.

I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go —
I thank you for the kindness
And the times when you got tough
And, papa, I don’t think i
Said ‘i love you’ near enough

The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through
My instrument
And his song is in my soul —
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
I’m just a living legacy
To the leader of the band
I am the living legacy
To the leader of the band.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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