A number of years ago, the band Maroon 5 had a hit with the song “Moves Like Jaguar”. The Jagger referred to of course was Mick Jagger. The Song Facts website relates the following about this tune:
While it is nice to admire Mick Jagger’s intricate moves and boundless energy on stage, it is in another context that I really need to move like Jagger for my heart’s sake.
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones continue to mystify the world at large by going on tour when I think Mick and at least two other band members are in their 70s. Mick is in fact approximately 75 years old. Back in the spring the Rolling Stones had to postpone their “No Filter” tour. Why? According to the website Rollingstone.com, Mick was going to undergo surgery to replace a valve in his heart.
In reality it wasn’t under the knife surgery that Mick Jagger experienced. In an article on it’s website on April 4, 2019, the American Heart Association said that Jagger underwent a procedure known as TAVR: Here is what the article said:
While there are some risks associated with this procedure, it is less risky than open heart surgery to replace the valve. The AHA also noted that it provided: “the added bonus of a faster recovery in most cases. A patient's experience with a TAVR procedure may be comparable to a balloon treatment or even an angiogram in terms of down time and recovery, and will likely require a shorter hospital stay (average 3-5 days). “
Still, I expect most people would be taking it easy for a period of months after what is probably considered a pretty serious heart procedure. But not Mick! It came to my attention on TV that about 6 weeks after the procedure, Mick was energetically dancing around in preparation for the resumption of the No Filter concert tour!
In a post on May 15, 2019 that included the video of Mick in action, here is what the website of Rolling Stone magazine had to say about Mick Jagger’s incredible feat:
I watched the video and thought – wow! How can I get those moves like Jagger? What in the world did the doctors give this heart patient that allows him this much energy? To paraphrase the quote from the iconic deli scene in “When Harry Met Sally”: Doc, I’ll have what he’s having!
How does someone who is 75 and has heart issues get to be this fit? According to a Vogue website article dated May 15, 2019:
The rest of his daily routine is impressive as well, especially his diet and fluid intake. The Vogue article says:
I wish Mick could give me some tips on relaxation techniques because my brain just won’t rest – if there is anything in this body that moves like Jagger, it is likely my brain! I also bet that no one is telling Mick that he has to watch his potassium intake, but if they are, if he could send me tips on how he does that, it could be great. But what I really want is a clue as to how he can find energy that seems to escape me – and I’m 13 years younger than he is. Okay – he doesn’t have heart failure so that might be one factor. But it sure would be nice to be able to keep in motion like he does for his extensive daily exercise routines although I would skip the extended tours on the road.
It’s not just the heart issues that make me relate to Mick. The connection goes way back in time. My first memory of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones was when I was maybe 12 years old. My older brother worked a night job. But once he was home and had some sleep, he would wake up and put a record album on. (Back in the dark ages of the mid-sixties, we didn’t have iPods or streaming music or iTunes. I’m not sure were even had 8 track tapes at that point – I think it was all record players.)
As I recall, his favorite album was the Rolling Stone’s Aftermath. There were a number of songs on that album that are still my favorites: Under My Thumb, Paint it Black and Lady Jane spring to mind. But the song that is seared into my brain is one called “Get Me On Flight Number 505”. I still clearly remember the refrain which is the same as the song’s title. But I couldn’t remember the rest of the lyrics.
So I looked it up online. The song is about a person who seems happy with his life and has everything he needs. Then he realizes that this is not really his life. So he calls the airline girl and you guessed it – he tells the airline girl to “get me on flight number 505”. He then hops into a cab (No uber back then either) even though he has no idea of his destination. He continues to head into his new life, once again telling the airline girl to get him on flight number 505. He boards the plane feeling like a king in his airline seat (obviously he doesn’t sit in coach class!). But then he suddenly realizes they never would arrive because they (the pilot and co-pilot?) put the plane down in the sea. That is the end of flight number 505.
I doubt this song makes it onto any list of the top hits of the Rolling Stones. There are many Stones songs that are on my iPod but this is not one. But I do vividly remember it especially when I think of the 60s. So decided to see if anyone could explain what the song lyrics mean. According to the Song Facts website, there apparently is a rumor that flight number 505 was the flight that Buddy Holly was on when it crashed. But from what I read, that plane did not crash into the sea and probably wasn’t numbered 505. But it also seems that Flight Number 505 was the British Airways flight that the Stones took for their first trip to the United States in 1964.
Whatever the meaning, truly Mick Jagger is still here and did not disappear on flight number 505. Rather, his career soared to incredible heights. In fact, not only did he not disappear, he continues to do amazing things. Trust me, from a person who has a heart condition, anyone who is in their 70s and can resume a rigorous exercise regimen and concert schedule, well that is nothing short of phenomenal.
So I would like to be equally successful in keeping my heart prognosis from becoming grim. I would also like to have my life and health to progress well into my 70s and beyond. This means I have one big new goal: To move and thrive like Jagger!
Melanie discovered that she had heart failure in 2013. Since that time, she has been learning how to live with the condition, and how to achieve balance and personal growth.