It has been a while since I have written anything about music. Most
of my social media posts (and the thought streams in my mind) have been
about the political situation in the UK which really needs some
attention. They say (who they? Labels, PR companies etc) that you should
never mix your politics and your music promo, but I would say that
right now the importance of speaking our minds through any platform
possible is extremely important.
of the reasons why I have been quiet on the music front has been to do
with my health. 3 years ago an odd looking mark appeared on my index
finger nail. It’s arrival coincided with me deciding to learn to play
the electric bass so I dismissed it as something to do with being a
beginner at string instruments and maybe applying too much pressure,
busting a blood vessel or something…
enough not to ask a doctor, the mark stayed on and I ignored it’s
possible malignant nature to the point where I was jokingly treating it
like a USP (Unique Selling Point) using it to direct visiting friends to
where they would find the keys to my house for example….
my now gold starred girlfriend Francesca applied pressure on me to get
it checked out… long story short they found out it was a Melanoma in
Situ (aka a Skin Cancer in the making). Well… I was not expecting
You could say that if you’re gonna have cancer,
somewhere as visible as the tip of your finger seems a good place…
maybe not so much if you are a drummer/bass player though…
Right in the midst of the summer music festival season I asked the doctors for
the operation to go ahead with urgency so that I could get on with
healing and work towards returning to playing asap. My request was granted.
been an interesting time I have to say. I have been completely blown
away by the support I received from the
people around me, each and every one of them coming through with an
array of personalised aid, from practical help to Buddhist chanting to
Reiki to long distance healing and meditations, honest words, peace
letters, good advice and straight up hugs! That really spelled out the
beauty of the social diversity that London has to offer and
made me rejoice in it.
Plus I had a bit of an excuse to sit
around relaxing in my pajamas stroking cats and enhancing my brain
capacity with the Internet’s science and philosophy channels.
It was also very powerful to experience first hand how true it is that ‘less is more’ in music when getting the
opportunity to play drums 3 limbed with my bands Flying Ibex, Electric Jalaba and
Vula Viel. Props to all of them for hanging in there with me!
operation went ahead asap and only one month later I am now the owner
of a almost completely recovered index finger without a Melanoma. Seems
an achievement. Sure it looks a little odd next to the rest of them, but
it works and I am back to playing as normal again.
feels very important for me to say that the NHS doctors, nurses and
staff have been amazing. Where would I be now if i was paying for
private meetings, the biopsy, the operation, post operation visits and
hand therapy? Probably living under a bridge… I am extremely thankful
that there are people out there with a vocation for doing good.
conclude here I feel like mentioning that the experience has been
positive. As difficult as it can be to understand, I yet again find
myself looking back at one of my life’s complications and accepting it
as a part of my journey, one that, even though I wouldn’t have been able
to say this at the time, has enhanced my life.