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A Musical Legacy

Posted 7/10/2015

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  I can't begin to explain the internet difficulties here in Maine. As an example, things go zooming by on the screen, so it is like playing a video game to try to hit the correct link before it is gone. And the whole system blinks on and off, so everything is frequently lost. While my husband loads the bikes on the car, I am am determined to try to finish this. The only welcome thing about going home is a better internet connection.

  Forgive me, once again, for a short introduction to a lovely piece. This is a new concept to me, to leave a musical legacy I have worked with many people over the years about written or even video legacies, but this is a lovely idea, too.

  From The New York Times:

Cancer patients get chance to create a musical legacy

Musician Stuart Jewell is working on a long-cherished dream to record a song that he wrote almost thirty years ago, but his purpose is to create a memento for his family, rather than to become a star.

A stage III cancer patient, Jewell spends long hours in a recording studio in Falls Church, Virginia, as he battles his disease.

"When I play music, I don't feel like a cancer patient anymore," he said between takes. "I still get stage fright, I still flub things up when I play, but I don't care. I just want to be able to play out as much as I can."

The fourth cancer patient to use the studio space provided by the Cancer Can Rock foundation, Jewell wrote "Perseid Rain" in 1986, before he was diagnosed. After his illness, he decided to record the roots rock song and leave behind a musical legacy for his family and friends.

"I don't really know in terms of my condition how much longer I have to live," he said. "Given an opportunity like this to get my song recorded, it's totally gratis, so how could I turn it down?"

His wife, Janice Jewell, said she was thrilled that he had a chance to focus on his passions during a challenging time in his life.

"Music is church for Stuart," she said. "When you live with cancer, you have things that weigh on your mind in a negative way, and it's a way for him to put those things aside for a while."

Established three years ago by music producer Jim Ebert, Cancer Can Rock allows musicians with cancer to record a song for posterity.

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