I'm back. For you guys who didn't know, I had little
accident. I was out in the wild hiking
around April 16th -- just before we took off for Germany-- with
my favorite person, Miss Ty. We came upon a long pike about 6ft high and 50
yards long and I decided I was going to walk across it. Well, about halfway across things got a
little shaky, and I decided to jump off. I knew I was in good shape, body wise, so, I
wasn't worried. Bang! Off I went. Next
thing I know, I heard Terri, my Lady, cry, "Oh my God! He jumped!" We were a little off the beaten path, so she
started yelling, "Help, Help! Someone help me!!" while dialing 911 at the same
time. She then came over to see if I was ok.
I seemed to be fine until I started walking and discovered I sprained my
ankle all the way around. I couldn't put any weight on that foot at all. Mind
you, Fatback was scheduled to leave the 23rd of April.
On the day we left, I was
still having pain, but I could put a little weight on my foot. They rolled me on and off the plane in a wheelchair,
but I hadn't gone to the emergency room. I was afraid my foot was broken, and
they would have to put a cast on my leg. I knew couldn't play in a cast and have
control, but I could kick the Bass drum with a leg motion. Now, the best thing
that happened to me was that we stayed at hotel with a spa which I used twice a
day to help me have a great gig that night. I'm not 100% back. I'm about 75%
back. Hey, I know now I ain't what I used
to be, but I'm just as good as I ever was.
Let me tell you about Miss Ty;
she's my adopted Grandchildwho's been with me for eight years. She has Down syndrome
and she has made me a better person about life.
She's a fun person to be around, and the first one to hear my new music.
If she likes it, she lets me know by dancing. Now, she can dance, or do
anything she wants to do. Everything else, she just blocks out. This is her world. We just live in it. She's 13 years old and beginning to define
her own personality.
I know this is not what you expect from me,
but she has made such a difference in my life, in a way I didn't realize. Most
of my friends are New Yorkers, having lived the better part of my life in New York. I moved to the
south in '93, and Fayetteville
is my home. I heard my friends say how much more patient and laid back I am
now. Ty taught me how to do that. That's
hard to find in a New Yorker. I'm
learning how to block negative things out and keep all good and positive things
in my head, like Ty. She loves everybody, and she sees no hate. Well, what does
this have to do with music? It's about life, and music is life. Feelings and emotions
have to be right to make music. You have to think positive, have a desire,
faith, enthusiasm, hope, love. That's how people make it to top; that's how
they become successful. Never doubt yourself. Have the desire to make it, be enthusiastic about
what you doing, have hope, have love in your heart, but, be prepared.
Little something that's not
only for music, but for life. Get in that positive mode, and watch how your
I'm outta here. Don't keep it for
yourself. Spread it. The Music.