Passion for Music, Books, and Friends
Some people wonder why I am so deep into the arts. I’ve had a few people say doctors oughta just stick to prescribing pills. It just can’t be that way for me.
After all, books saved my life long before I wrote one. My mama saw it coming early on. She put me in speed reading ’cause she knew that’s where my future was. I was one heck of a speed reader, but didn’t have too much of a fastball.
Music came a little later. Mama wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about that at first, as she feared it might derail my doctor gig, but after a quarter century as a doc/musician those fears have been allayed. The music ended up saving my life all over again. I could not have dealt with all the pain and suffering I saw without it.
Part of my mission with my book was to bring my favorite musicians to the attention of folks who were not aware of their artistry. Come Wednesday I’m gonna do just that.
When I was on WNCW 88.7 radio I got an email the next Monday AM from a nice lady at WSPA Channel 7 Spartanburg, S.C. She wanted me to come talk about “The Mandolin Case” and play a bit. She kindly agreed to let me bring some friends. Some of them are under management kind of contracts that can pull them away at the last minute, so I’m not gonna share the details of who’s gonna be there yet, but I know at least two are gonna help me who will amaze you with their skill level.
At this point in my life I’m not nervous about much of anything. Scared is acute myocardial ischemia when there’s an ice storm and the choppers are grounded. This is just mandolins and T.V. so it should be no big thing for me as a doctor with an artistic bent.
But as the event drew closer, I found I had a few pangs of anxiety in the pit of my stomach. “How can this be?” I asked myself.
It took a while before I realized why. The guys who are coming to play are pros. I’ve jammed with them before and we are friends. It shouldn’t be an issue. Why did this bother me so?
Then it hit me. My friends were on big time T.V. It was a lot of exposure for bluegrass. What if I wrecked the gig? It could reflect on them and they do this for a living. What have I done to put them in such a spot?
The answer came in prayer. It was Lester Flatt’s voice on the tune “I’ll Take the Blame.” (The song is about a different issue, but the title was apropos) So, I’m gonna tell you now. If you hear a clunker note when we are on television I want you to understand ahead of time it was old Doc and not my bluegrass pals. I already know this before we get there, so I might as well inform you now so I can take the pressure off. If you hear something you like, go buy their CDs and tell the T.V. folks you enjoyed traditional music on television.
My friends play with a tone and precision that has to be heard to be believed. They sure don’t need old Doc to make great music, and are just being kind to let me play along. They do it because they know what the music means to me and because we are friends.
I’ll tell you more about the gig Monday but watch for us on WSPA channel 7. It will be filmed Wednesday AM August 25 in the Michelin on the Main studio in Greenville, S.C. and then will air at 10:00 AM that same morning.
After that I have two more book stops in the Greenville area the same day. I’ll outline all the details Monday, but right now I gotta split for the doctor gig. Talk to you then.
Full disclosure in writing is a beautiful thing. Now I am no longer nervous.
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