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Saturday, August 29, 2009

recovery happens

threw away a lifetime you laughed and called it a sin
There ain't ever gonna be a way to work it out not after a night like this
I've been waiting on your call now just the silence and me
I know you want me to chase you around but I'm so tired of asking you please

I'm through with this I'll forget your kiss and move on
There will be no sleepless nights I'll be alright from now on
I'm better off now that you're gone
Better off now that you're gone

i woke up quite early this saturday morning with much to do and clicked on the tube to the early show. there was a musician performing who was playing a guitar and rolling out lyrics with a style that is perhaps springsteen-esqe with a ashville twist. maybe that's not a perfect comparison, but his sound stopped my morning meandering and brought me to attention as a listener.

upon further inspection, i hear about an accident that he was involved in last year. he was on his scooter and was hit by a van that failed to yield as it was turning. among the many injuries, were wounds that required over 100 stitches to his face. needless to say it took several months to find recovery.

as i listened to him talk about the effects of his brush with destiny and its effects, i was hooked. i heard him relay the impact of his journey upon everything he does today, and the immediate and most likely permanent deepening his writing has taken. i could relate to his position and felt my heart open up.

i have listened a few times this morning to some of his music and am quickly moving into becoming a fan. following is link to an article about a recent show in chicago. i love that i am reminded yet again that recovery indeed happens in many ways almost every day.

If you’re a Will Hoge fan already, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph, but for those of you who haven’t heard of Hoge or don’t know the man’s story, let me preface this review with a tale of incredible courage and determination. In the middle of recording the follow up to his 2007 album, Draw the Curtains, Hoge got into an accident while leaving the studio on his motor scooter. It’s no surprise that the accident left the Nashville musician with serious injuries and long hours of therapy ahead of him. That accident was last August, just eight months prior to this show. Day-to-day tasks are small feats after only eight months but to be back on the road is a downright miracle.

Now that everyone is on the same page, Hoge’s performance this past Tuesday at Schubas Tavern here in Chicago was absolutely phenomenal, albeit a little hindered. As the songwriter made his way to the stage, harmonica in hand, the hitch in his giddy-up is obvious. But, he re-assured fans, “about three hours outside of Chicago at a truck stop was the first time I realized that I was going to make it through this thing okay.” A boisterous fan yelled out “Welcome back, Will” to which he responded with his impeccable smile, “thanks.” “Lookin’ good, Will,” another fan shouted. “It’s just the lights,” he retorted. Yep, still the same ol’ Will.

read the rest of the story after the jump

today's sound choice is will hoge with a live version of "better off now"

hava fantastic weekend.. love you madly..


1 comment:

Sheria said...

Thank you for introducing me to Will Hoge's music. Recovery does indeed happen in many ways. I think that you will understand this and not think me morbid, but one of the most life affirming things that happened to me was being told that I was dying. That was in 1998 and I am thankful for every day that I've proved them wrong but I've also made peace with dying when that happens.

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