To state the obvious: it’s been too long. I just discovered yesterday that a post I wrote in July never actually made it onto the site. But as most of you know, I’ve had other things going on.
I finished treatment for throat cancer almost three weeks ago, and the news is good! I’m feeling a little better every day. I wore the mask you see in the photo for the 35 radiation treatments(5 days a week for 7 weeks); this is how they keep your head still (and in exactly the same place every time), by putting this thing over your head and bolting it to the table you’re lying on. Took some getting used to. Took some anti-anxiety medication! But I did it. Fortunately each one doesn’t take long–10-15 minutes. Was supposed to have six chemo treatments, but only ended up having four. I’ll have scans done in late September which will provide more definitive information, but my doctors are extremely optimistic. I’ll keep you posted on this, but jeez do I ever want to move on and talk about something other than the big C. Those of you who’ve been in this situation know–when you’re dealing with it, it’s pretty much all consuming. It’s your job. It’s your life. Now that I’m recovering, at least I can look out a-ways and try to ponder what’s ahead. Thanks for all of your support, in whatever form–good thoughts, prayers, ice cream, books(!), incredibly tasty Nirvana bottled water(!), and more. All very much appreciated. And thanks to all of you who’ve had this disease who came forward and so generously shared your own stories. It blew my mind to realize how many people have had cancer–but it was also reassuring to learn how treatable/survivable it is now. I don’t like going to the doctor much either, but if you’ve got a question about something going on with your body, please: get it checked out! Catching mine early made a big difference in my treatment and prognosis. Now, finally–a little music news:
Alligator Records artist and 7-time Blues Music Award winner Shemekia Copeland recorded a song I wrote with Gwil Owen (which first appeared on my Gloryland record), “One I Love,” that was released on her America’s Child album in 2018. A few months ago I had the honor of playing guitar on a powerful track on her brand new release, Done Come Too Far, called “When Pink Turns to Red.” Thanks to producer Will Kimbrough for having me. Check it out, wherever you find your music!
Today, September 2, is Bandcamp Friday, when the good folks at Bandcamp waive their usual cut of the sales revenue for anything you buy on their site today. You can find some KG releases there which aren’t available anywhere else, at https://kevingordon.bandcamp.com/
Have a great (and safe) holiday weekend!