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How do you keep your sanity?

Some might argue my sanity has been missing for quite a while. Waiting for reports and labs when you’re fighting cancer can be really stressful and tiring. I’m curious how others fighting the evil C word manage to keep their sanity. My latest method is home recording, mixing pre-recorded guitar & drum tracks w/ my own vocals and bass guitar ones. It’s experimental so far but has proven to be a lot of fun and very effective at melting away unwanted stress. No, I’m not a good singer and not an especially good bass player but hey, who cares?

R O C K in in the U S A. šŸ˜‰


Rallying Cry

When I first got this CLL diagnosis two years ago, I picked out this Tom Petty song as a rallying cry; something to remind me of everything that was truly important to me on those coming days when it might not seem like the future was so bright. Right now, thanks to my clinical trial team at Sarah Cannon Research and Infinity Pharmaceuticals the future is looking pretty bright indeed but as a musician I still really wanted to do this and the song has taken on a very personal meaning. If you’ve seen my Fight Song page, you’ll understand. šŸ˜Ž

My good friend Chris generously supplied the guitar/drum track and we did the rest at home on some fairly inexpensive recording gear. Sheila and I are both singing and I played the bass guitar. It’s a bit country, it’s a lot Rock & Roll. No, we’re not pros by any stretch of the imagination but I was really pleased with how it came out.

Hey, I will stand my ground and I won’t back down!

Cancer MixTape vol.2

I started this song compilation mixtape idea on here without thinking of a second volume a few weeks ago. There are so many more good breakup songs (that I’d love to personally dedicate to cancer) out there. Please help me fill this out people via comments.

  1. I will survive (Cake / Gloria Gaynor)
  2. Hit the road Jack (Ray Charles)
  3. Goodbye to you (Scandal)
  4. I want a new drug (Huey Lewis)
  5. Forget You (CeeLo Green)
  6. Sorry seems to be the hardest word (Elton John)
  7. We are never, ever, ever getting back together (Taylor Swift)
  8. ____
  9. ____
  10. ____
  11. ____
  12. ____

Help me finish this with some of your own. Old or new, I want some good songs or song titles that would tell cancer just where to get off.

Cancer Mixtape?

mixtape1Back when I was a teenager, it was very common to create mix tapes to give to friends (or girlfriends) with a custom set of tunes to set a mood or fit a theme. I’ve been trying to think of what songs I would put on a mix tape to send to cancer. I had a few good ideas but not enough. Here goes:

  1. I won’t back down – Johnny Cash
  2. I’ll feel a whole lot better (when you’re gone) – The Byrds
  3. Iā€™m a survivor – Destiny’s Child
  4. I hate everything about you – Three Days Grace
  5. Sick and Tired (of being sick and tired) – Cross Canadian Ragweed
  6. Stronger (What doesn’t kill you) – Kelly Clarkson
  7. Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
  8. Hit me with your best shot – Pat Benatar

This is a 90 minute cassette. What are some more appropriate songs to dedicate to cancer? I’d love to see some more comments.

Got Stress?


I recently took an online stress management course from Harvard Business Publishing. It surprisingly revealed to me that I handle stress pretty well. I’ve developed means of dealing with stress over the years, one of my favorite methods of coping is spending time jamming on the bass – usually to some ZZ Top. I’m not as good as I want to be so there’s always a goal of getting better. I used to play golf a long time ago but I ultimately found I could usually throw my clubs further than I could consistently hit the ball. Given that, it wasn’t that great of a way to reduce my stress so I gave it up.Ā  I’m curious to hear how others dealing with their own or a family member’s medical hurdles deal with their stress.