I woke up today thinking about where we were and what we were doing a year ago today. So I opened up the calendar on my laptop and saw where right about this time last year we were about to board a flight to Seattle. We were working hard planning a tour in California. We were getting ready for the WFA conference in Reno, NV. We were promised double the dates than the year before from our booking agent that we no longer work with (I won’t go there). Needless to say, our July this year looks a little different than last…Now here I sit in Spokane Washington, in my Mom and Dad’s house, in my little bedroom. My Dad sick with cancer in the next room and me listening to the last mixes for our new album on my iphone. I have it set to shuffle. The next song comes on in my playlist. It’s “In the arms of the angle” by Sarah McLachlan. Remember the live performance with Emmylou Harris?
With tears running down my eyes (this song does it every time!), I realize how much I miss the road. I miss Nashville. Miss Music. Miss my band. We have been here a year! It’s been a hard year of trying to keep our music business running. Trying to find time between my Dad’s cancer appointments, tube feedings and Insurance phone calls, etc… This has been harder than I can describe.
My Dad is getting better. We are (hopefully) through all the chemo’s and radiation. We have one more Ped scan to find out if the cancer is gone for sure. We are still waiting for the VA to get all this approved. By the way, the VA has been horrible to work with. I won’t get into details. But our vets deserve better care and a choice to go where they want treatment!
For a musician this has been a hard row to hoe. This is not in my DNA. I miss the road, I miss performing, I miss recording, I miss writing, I miss my fans… But one thing is for sure, through all of this, I will not miss out on being here for my Dad. Family first! This experience has almost broken me. Although those of you that know Kerry and I also know that “being broken” is not in our DNA.
We are looking fast ahead and looking forward to touring the new album in 2016! I cannot wait until you all get to hear the album. And we get to perform the songs for you! Please keep the band and my Daddy in your prayers. As this has been one of the hardest years I have ever had.
Musically Yours, Donna XOX
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