All that matters, now that's a theme if I ever heard one! I am alive and kickin after a close call with my arteries and heart, but thanks to a great surgeon, Richard Gerety and his team I am on the mend. There is a lesson here, what you eat and how much exercise you get is directly related to your health. It's really a big deal and I never really gave it much thought and now it's foremost in my day to day. The doc said, "live life more like an athlete and less like a nerd." I have already started.
Music matters! Everything sounds beautiful after you have a touch with mortality. The guitar has come to me and I am grateful. I grew up with guitarists around me, I was a drummer back then and my pals all played guitar. I was always a sucker for a great solo. I was free in my rhythm making to really listen, wow so much emotion. In fact I was there a couple of times to help buy a guitar for my friends who played, an honor! Now it's my turn, I just hope my cramped figures will free up and find the notes and chords I am looking for. I am jazzed.
Speaking of jazz, I want to put in a good word for my dad's pal, drummer Shelly Manne who died in 1984. He was such an inspiration to me and so many other musicians. I grew up sitting stage left at the Manne Hole in Hollywood listening to all the greats. Hearing and seeing them put so much heart into the music gave me a sense of true passion over much of my life.
There is a powerful message in jazz, you can hear it when the players bring back the melody after the solos, harmonize and duet and give us the gift one more time as we wait for it to shower over us again.
Now the close. If there was anything to glean from these last few months, it's the the power of friendship. I am humbled by all of you, your love and concern, the smiles and tears, work and food, the presence in my life. Thank you all.