Hi All. Well, Christmas has come and gone, and the girls and I hope you all are healthy and happy. I, for one, am happy to have Christmas behind us for now. It was a little easier than I anticipated, after November being a bit of a crush with my birthday, Thanksgiving, and then Izzy’s birthday – a 1-2-3 punch in the gut of milestones. Not that there was any shortage of tears over Christmas, just that the freight train of grief was mercifully a few cars shorter than it had been.
Some of that, in part, was due to Heather’s brother Adam and I participating last week in the 2nd Annual NYC-Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam in Brooklyn, with 50% of funds raised going to Metavivor in Heather’s name and 50% to Cycle for Survival in honor of Michael Zucker, another dear friend we lost this year to cancer. Between the tickets sold, a raffle, and a silent auction, well over $10,000 was raised!
The night was special for many reasons, beginning with the fact that it was my first night “out” in many, many months – we’re coming up on almost 5 months since we lost Heather, and obviously we weren’t exactly getting out much for a few months before that either. I could not have chosen a better group of people to be with either – so many close friends, the NYC-Freaks who have been a part of our musical lives for 18 years, my brother-in-law, all of the other amazing musicians. And without question, the spirits of Heather and Michael. What a night. We were honored to begin the evening as an acoustic duo, each singing new songs written since Heather’s passing, and then a couple oldies from our days in BUTTER. There are some videos of our tunes below (thanks Rick!). The sold-out crowd was amazing, packed right up to the stage, truly listening to every note – made us feel like real rock stars. And personally, I felt a bit of a turning point in this whole grief process. The healing powers of music is real. Thank you, my friends, I needed that.
Love to All.