September 30, 2012
It is hard to believe another year has crept up on me! I had every intention of keeping up with my blog at least once a month...oh well, such is life!
Two years ago this morning, I was waking up from a troubled, sleepless night. I had just had a heart attack on the 29th evening, never realizing how serious it could have been. I take such matters in stride and had my Blackberry going all the way through the time they took me into the cardiac lab. A 99% blocked LAD was cleared out with a stent and I was back in my room an hour later, enjoying a sandwich and had my Blackberry fired up again!
The morning of the 30th rolled by and I woke up with the firm conviction I had been granted another chance at life. My mind drifted back to another point in time; early 2006. My friend, the legendary blues player Roy Roberts, had stopped by my office that Tuesday morning in February. We had been working on the release of a gospel album and he brought me the pre-production CD so I could listen to it while I was on a dialysis machine later that day.
A few hours later once I had settled in for my 4 hour cleansing session, I turned on my laptop, inserted the CD and plugged in the headphones. The first cut on the CD will be the song I will always remember. Over the next eighteen months, this CD would be my strength and companion to drive myself home. No matter how tough or long the the days were, no matter how bad I felt after those sessions, I knew I could make it home as soon as I turned on CD number 6, track 1, that still resides in the six pack CD player in my car.
I received the gift of a transplant in August 2007. The post recovery and the challenges of the last five years have made me return to this song every day.
I have been working on producing a suitable video to accompany the song and I was in the process of wrapping up the production tonight to celebrate my two year surviving-a-heart-attack anniversary.
As it turns out, there is another reason why it took me until 6:00 am to complete this piece. As usual, the Almighty is always on time....
Please enjoy the heartfelt music of my dear friend Roy Roberts.
And I am grateful to be be alive...