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In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

For those of you who missed, it, here is my band & the piece that CTV aired this month pointing out why we must push so hard to remind people to sign their consent to become organ donors. (if you open a new page for this entry you can see the video fully without any clipping. Click on “OF LATE” and the page will open anew)

It’s been an interesting week.

Last night I walked down to the Canadian Corps Hall, just about five blocks from my house.  Before transplant I needed to take a cab there. But last night i walked it in a trice, even with a slight head-cold (thank you supressed immune system…)  Anyhow, there I played the bass in public! Yes! The double bass! It was a real hoot: and I felt utterly and incredibly alive!!!! I took part in an uprorious square dance! “right to your partner, left to the line, and dosee doe, and promenade!” It was a laugh riot, and such a great affirmation of life!

This was supposed to awaken Tut's senses... do you think it can make my sense of smell return?

And speaking of life, and how fleeting it is, I was thinking about it at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s King Tut exhibit this week. He lived –and died– so long ago: our lives are so fleeting under the great big sky and the stars above. Make the most of it.  In any event, here is a photo of one of the golden leopards that was found in Tut’s tomb…. it was used in the afterlife to awaken his senses …. I stood very near the glass hoping that if I stood near enough I’d miraculously be able to smell again! (On that front I’ve been able to smell the odd thing, maybe even taste a little bit, but still very much smelling and tasting under a blanket.)   The other item I was fascinated by was the little casket for tut’s organs…. the Egyptians also knew the organs were very special: so much so that they carefully prepared them for the afterlife and put them in little golden coffins….. But folks, don’t YOU take your organs with you to the afterlife…. we need them here on earth!

Most importantly, live each day fully and with hope and love. To quote a song from 1933, “so laugh and sing/ make love the thing/ be happy while you may!”

King Tut took his organs with him to the afterlife in these miniature coffinettes... Please, don't you do the same! Sign your donor card today!!!

Coming Up….

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

Hi Gang: here’s the poster for our next show @ the Reservoir Lounge… I’ll be just gearing up to go into the recording studio the next day, so this will surely be an exciting gig, filled with lots of happy energy! 52 Wellington Street East, food and beverage aplenty. $5 cover. Best deal in town!

I’m getting used to the new shorter hair, and apparently I now look closer to my actual age! (No more fooling the guy at the CNE) Here’s the new bob as captured on Saturday night at the Rex Hotel, by photographer Greg King. This was my first Saturday “prime-time” slot with my band @ the Rex since 2006. It was a great and wonderful thing to be able to sing there and not cough! Ross, my clarinet player & good friend quietly told me on-stage at the gig, “it’s so great to watch you be able to sing all night again.”  And it’s such a great thrill to get to DO that again with such talented and inspirational musicians. And even though I have yet another bronch in the morning to try and figure out some stuff that’s going on… and even though transplant life is scary as hell sometimes, it sure makes me appreciate every day that comes our way. Speaking of days, Tom spent pretty near every day of his March-break holiday with Beaumont… I’m starting to feel a little jealous 😉

Alex and Ross Wooldridge, as photographed by Greg King

Spring is Sprung

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Photo by Greg King: Taken at Reservoir Lounge FIRST TUESDAY series.

A busy time since last I wrote.

I did a drastic but necessary thing last week. After twenty years with long locks, I cut my hair. Not by choice you understand, but out of necessity.  The CMV anti virals of last summer had done a real nasty number on my red mane of curls. I had lost a good 2/3 density of hair and the curl no longer curled!

So, with a few hours to spare before I went on national television, I had the “sick” part of my hair chopped off. Unreal.  Do I love it? No, but now that it’s a bob it looks much denser, and the curl is starting to return. As hope springs eternal, I have every confidence that it will eventually return to the curly look of my youth. In the meantime I can explore the jazz era bob! Finger waves here I come! In the grand scheme of things it’s just hair.

Tom and I have been enjoying a lot of riding. It’s so lovely out. Today because the fields were too muddy we walked the horses across to the neighborhood across the road from the farm. Both Gypsy and Beaumont passed the “little boys on skateboards”,  “mailboxes,” and “manhole cover” hazards fairly well.  The two of them are getting along a little better and I think some of Gypsy’s jealousies are fading (and no, I don’t think that is personification, I think her ego was justly wounded.) As much as I enjoy Beaumont it just drives home how AMAZING a bond I have with my pony. Mind reader. She’s so smart and little and zippy. Love her.

Canada AM was fun. I had to get up at 5am to load in…(Boy, that’s something I could NEVER have done pre-transplant.  But now I just wake up, pull on my clothes and go. No coughing fits, no trouble. Thank God!)  I was delighted with the story they aired: it painted the issue (need for organ donors) so well, giving it a real human face.  (Those of you who watched will also have noticed our dog Henry made his national television debut.)  We got to play one song live, and I chose “Through the Courtesy of Love” because I think it has a great double meaning: “one heart to give/one life to live/willing to offer all/ say I come to you through the courtesy of love”!

Please don’t forget our weekly Sunday night residency at the DAKOTA TAVERN — 7-9pm. Our numbers took a bit of a dip during the Olympics and the Academy Awards: it surely would be great to see you out in support!

My jazz band perform Saturday March 20th @ the Rex Hotel, at 9:45 pm till last call, and then again at the RESERVOIR LOUNGE on April 6th for our “first Tuesday of the month” series, also 7-9pm.  Classy!

Ciao and Meow!

Canada AM; Wednesday March 10

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be on Canada AM, CTV’s national morning show, on Wednesday March 10th! Again I get the chance to tell people NATIONWIDE about the difference they can make by becoming an organ donor.  This is in advance of, but partially to promote National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, in a few weeks.  We will be performing a jazz number at 8:45am! Bright and early, just what a night-owl jazz singer yearns for, muahaha! But seriously, I can’t wait.