Tony Leighton is a Canadian writer happily retired and attempting to help others feel the same.

Grannies on Fire

Long ago and far away (the sixties in San Francisco), there was a girl group called The Ace of Cups. They lived and played in Haight-Ashbury, the epicenter of the Summer of Love. Jimi Hendrix was impressed enough to invite them open for him at the 1967 free concert in Golden Gate Park. One of the Ace members, Mary Gannon, was for a while involved with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, who dubbed her “Mary Microgram.” The band dissolved without recording.

And now, for your viewing and listening pleasure, The Ace of Cups, four women defying ageism by reuniting on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and issuing their first album ever, including this charging beast of a track. Ya gotta love it.


Retirement and Gender: Sobering Notes From the Front Line

Vocabuteria: proselytize