Friday, June 20, 2014

Zeptual Healing

I got bad news from my best buddy (Heterosexual Life Partner) the other day that his Uncle Bill is in critical condition after a serious accident.  He was loading his truck for work and either fell or had a seizure, and the end result was a stroke that has left him incapacitated.  He can now only move his left arm and toes.  If his condition doesn't improve by next week his kids will have to decide whether or not to pull him off life support.  His youngest just graduated high school.

The first time I met Uncle Bill we were at a gathering in a backyard with "Dazed and Confused" projected onto the garage.  Bill, myself, and some others were talking through the whole thing, which I think bothered some folks, but the fact is I've seen it twenty times and Bill lived it.  I have always loved rock music from the 1970's, and Bill is that guy who saw every awesome band from that era.  So, when you put the two of us together, you're going to have long discussions about rock music that go about like this:

     Dr. Ken: "Did you see Pink Floyd?"

     Bill: "Yup.  On the 'Dark Side' and the 'Animals' Tour."

     Dr. Ken: "No way!  How about (insert legendary rock band here)?"

     Bill: "Sure did.  Saw them on the (insert seminal work of given artist here) tour.

Another time I saw him he was fresh off a divorce and dancing his face off at The Liars Club, the best bar on planet earth.  The dude is always smiling and just always fun to be around.  When my buddy told me the news about him, I was devastated.  I asked if there is anything I can do, and knowing that I'm not a religious man and I don't know shit about praying, my buddy told me to play some Zeppelin for him.  So that's what I'm doing now.  

Hear those opening chords on "Ten Years Gone," go towards (or is it away from?) the light, and pull yourself out of this, Uncle Bill.  Your family needs you, and we all want to see you smiling and dancing again.


Jimmy Fungus said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Bill. I know the gods of rock are watching over him tonight.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Jimmy: Thanks for your kind words, kind sir. The Gods of rock smile upon you as well.


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Gorilla Bananas said...

Condolences, Dr Ken, I hope he pulls through. Would the hospital allow you to play Led Zep in his room? I don't suppose they did any ballads.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Gorilla: His brother and nephew have been going over there and playing music with him. He is starting to be able to answer some questions pointing to a word chart that his brother made! Doctors didn't think he would regain any brain functioning, so we're really happy he is progressing.

Good Zeppelin ballad would be "Tangerine" or "Thank You."