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Any musicians here? (revisited)

Jim_LJJim_L Posts: 189
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Depression and Coping
Well, I'm about 3 months outta surgery (L4/5 fusion w/hardware) and nobody told me the cold has express permission to crawl into me via the metal bars & screws!

At least I can tell a day ahead of time when it's gonna rain!

I was feeling good about a month ago and went on craigslist looking for a keyboard player and wound up having a guitar player come over my place. We jammed and talked about how we miss the 'band thing' and decided to put a songlist together of old favorite tunes and then get together at his place (so we could play louder).

It was kinda fun but didn't really work out as I was just about able to stand for 2 hours before i couldn't deal with the pain. It was an experiment that put me back into my place! It must've been the meds making me think I was able to do such a foolish thing...;>)

Overall i've been dabbling more on my unplugged electric geetar as I sit at the boobtoob coming up with more tunes but I just can't seem to get my butt into my studio (calling it a studio is a bit of a stretch).

Mostly the cold really affects me seemingly going straight into my new hardware so now I'm back to using my trusty heating pad during the day and heating blanket at night.

I did find out that my Spider 3 150 watt 2x12 combo amp sounds great at really loud volume tho'!

Anyway, I was just wondering how all the other musicians have been doing since this topic was posted last time...?
Hopefully y'all have been managing better (or even picking up an instrument and start learning to play?).

RanchHand, if you've got any new lyrics...;>)
All the best,


  • Rock on my brother! I, too, and a musician and have been since the 3rd grade. I mainly play the upright bass but have been seriously looking into the electric uprights (Clevenger baby!! YEAH!!) just because they are more compact and all. What I find that works for me, and because of the instrument I play, when I am standing and playing I can put alot of my weight on the side, if you know what I mean.... kinda lean on it and it leans on me. I can't stand for long periods of time so the tall stool comes in handy when I just want to lean it back on me and rest a bit. I am also looking into my first electric bass guitar, something I had been against since I am classically trained, but nowadays I am thinking it would be cool to.... just to beable to cop a squat somewhere, plug in my head phones and make music magic!! LOL... It gives me an inner piece and sense of true accomplishment because it's all me.

    Anyway, I'm sorry to ramble but you know how us artsy folks can be.... yea!!! I hope you are able to find a way to mak this work for you because music really does soothe the soul and is something that you can get lost in for even a short while.

    Good luck and nice to have you here,

    Take care and hugs,


    P.S. As far as the hardware goes, I hear you there, too! I have Ray Cages where my L4-5 disc was and at one time had pedicle screws and rods. I know exactly what you mean by feeling the cold from the inside out and what it is like to be a walking barometer! Geesh!

  • Hey Jim,

    another fellow musician here, kinda on hiatus right now.I posted in the old thread an my depression steals the thunder t even enjoy my one true love.I am originally a bass player, turned recording engineer that worked in LA + Austin TX in the mid 90's early 2001 before my "breakdown".I till have a beat up electric around to noodle on and use Logic Pro(an audio/midi program that is intense) to record my ideas whenever I get the urge.I am glad your feeling better and writing, it does help to keep your mind off the pain.
  • I'm glad to see all your spirits are still up(right!).
    Music does help a lot to keep the mind a bit outta reach of the pain!

    Amy, definately get an electric bass, that way you can curl up in a recliner with a heating pad and still play the bass!
  • You know its easy'r to fly
    crouched down here, under leaden sky
    You know its easyer to try
    with all the tears gone from my eyes

    You know its easyer to fly
    all you have to do is try
    Yea all you have to do is try

    Letting go is easyer you know
    than holding on with all your heart
    and all your strength
    Just let go
    just let it flow
    go on with life
    its not worth the strife

    Face into the sun
    Yea! your gonna see me run
    Into summers sky
    I sit and turn my eye
    into summers sun I fly


    all you have to do is try
    theres no more tears here
    theres no more fears here
    and were all gonna fly
    were all gonna fly

    Into the grey
    into the fray
    we'll find our way
    theres no giving up
    theres no other way
    and we'll see each other
    in a better day
    coz its there were gonna stay...
  • Ah! Something to do!!!
    But... metal or jazz???
  • Hey, Jim. I was wondering when this post was going to start come back to life. I am a muscian. I play flute and piccolo for the school band. I used to play drums for a concert one time for the school but stopped that. Other insrtuments I play are piano, keyboards, whistle(an actual instrument), reed flute, glass flute, harmonica, Steel Lap Electric Gutiar, Accoustic Guitar, and that's pretty much it. So if anyone has any questions for me let me know. Music IS my life!
  • My question is, when are you going to move to NH and play piano for me?
    Keyboard players are non-existant around here!
  • I play piano, but only for fun. My husband is a pro musician. He plays keyboards and guitar and sings. He also loves to do harmony work. Not bad for someone that has never had a music lesson in his life.

    Would put up a link here to his music site but think that might break the rules and Danni doesnt want to be a bad girl lol.

  • Put up links, pics, etc. it's all good!
  • Ime thinkin a stately acoustic, like jim croce
  • Hey there Jim. I can only begin to imagine how unsettling that feeling is to feel cold from the inside out. Glad to hear you're able to get back to music a little though. That's GREAT!!

    I finally decided to go see a voice specialist as my singing voice still sounds like nails on a chalkboard as opposed to what it used to be. Initially I went to an ENT who did a trans nasal endoscopy to see what was going on w/ the vocal cords. In addition to the REALLY bad reflux making things red and puffy in there he said that my cords (primarily my right) is very weak but not paralyzed :-D so that's good. He referred me to a voice pathologist who did a stroboscopy. Basically the strobe allowed her to actually SEE my cords moving and allowed her to better assess what course of action would be taken.
    I now have to do vocal function exercises 2 times a day. It's so freakin' frustrating. Singing *was* such a natural thing for me. I never had to work on it it was just something that was always there. And now I have to start at the absolute very beginning. I record my exercises so that I can listen back to them to see if i'm progressing at all. I don't really hear a difference. It all sounds flat and lifeless to me. Who knows, when I bring the recordings to her at my next appt maybe she'll be able to hear something I'm not hearing.

    Anywho... glad to hear that you're lumbar surgery went well. Sorry about the early weather forecasting your hardware is giving you though.

  • It's a weird kinda inside ache similar but different from the usual ache...;>)

    I'm glad your still singing, just go slowly so you don't blow out your chords!

    Danni, still waiting for a link...;>)

    Ranch, no ideas for the song but I did finally sit in front of the synth yesterday and came up with a cool beginning for a metal-ish tune of which I can't play keys proficiently enough to play...;>)

    All those leaves in the backyard are calling my name to come out and rake... sigh...
  • Death comes on silent wings
    The leaves before the fall
    All must bow before the master
    Before he takes us all
    The trees shake their limbs in despair
    and blood from leaves withdrawal
    some dance
    some quake
    some shake
    but they will fall
    The master of death sings and the wings of raven call
    touched but not yet called
    the leaves
    within us all
  • Ah Ranch, I've gotta yard full o' leaves yet to be raked and then ya gotta go and remind me... ~X(

    How about another verse about 'bewaring' (is that a word?) of the dog bombs hidden under all those leaves...?

    edited: (how's this?)
    Death comes on silent wings
    To the leaves before the fall
    All bow before the master of Winter
    Before he takes us all

    The trees shake their limbs in despair
    As blood from leaves withdraw
    Some dance as they weave and whither
    In the end they (all will fall) [heed the call] - not sure about this line...;>)

    The master of death begins to sing
    As wings of ravens call
    Touched but not yet drained of life
    The leaves within us all
  • There once was a man from Kazoo
    who found some poo on his shoe
    he hemmed
    and he hawwed
    it stank so much he was awed
    withthe rake he did try
    and with a great cry
    used the neighbors front step..
    so theres the object lesson...
    control your poochie
  • Hey Jim,
    I don't know when I can come up to NH to play for you. It'll probably be awhile.. I am planning on going to college to be a school psychologist. I want to go to Texas to do college thouhg so I can become one out there. It would be my dream. At anyrate I don't know. You tell me.
    Love Always,
  • School psycho?
    Girl, you need therapy if you wanna deal with that!!!
    I was a volunteer teacher substitute at my kids high school 3 times and quickly took my name off the list because I just didn't have the patience to put up with the few 'jokers' in the class.

    I really wanted to slap the kids around then go to their homes and slap their parents...;>)

    Sadly it's not a perfect world...;>)
  • well I came in from doing some raking and popped some more pils and then did some recording (well after a shower too). hopefully there's some angst, pain and other 'down' feelings here. it's just a basic quick recording that doesn't yet make sense.

    I was just noodling around on the keyboard trying to put melodies together, but it's a start. i'm not very happy with the basic chord changes (all 2 of them) as I think there's a million versions of it out there. it's a pretty short piece as i've not yet figured out where to go with it or what it's for, but I'm thinking it may be a good Tavern sequel tune depending on what the lyrics are going to be.

    Boy I wish I could play piano...;>(

    Anybody have any thoughts on it, title or lyrics?

  • Hahah, [( I don't need therapy. I love kids.
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