Trying and Thriving

My MS Center band called Axon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle was a goal of mine early on when I started my free Get Back Your Music #gbym sessions two years ago. Well, back on August 26, our “band of misfits” had our first engagement, the 2017 MS Center Barbecue where we played about an hour’s worth of material. I say band of misfits because the players consist of three guitarist (including yours truly) with varying stages of MS, a drummer with cerebral palsy who can also plays keyboards and sing and a keyboard player / guitarist with Parkinson’s disease. We also had a guest guitarist who isn’t affected by an neurological ailment, but who is studying to be a music therapist.

Sure, we made a couple of mistakes but despite those, our message of trying and thriving was clear to the attendees and that includes the neurologists and therapists that were present. We were #neuroplasticity personified and when we were playing, we were not aware of our ailments because we were in the zone. This is why it is so important one doesn’t give up or in to their condition.

One of the tunes I chose to do on the list was Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man as done by The Byrds because the lyrics they chose kind of fits, i.e., “all my senses have been stripped and my hands can’t feel to grip and my toes too numb to step”, etc. Anyway, here’s Axon playing it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y1zCBDxBsE

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