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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

They're Happy Tears

As I've mentioned before on this blog, the song Grey Street by Dave Matthews Band is incredibly important to me. I think the description I put on the video is succinct enough to explain what this video is, then. I'd try to write more, but I'm tired and a bit overwhelmed from the unabashed sob I had after recording it.

Trying to play Grey Street for the first time in over a decade.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, which left me hemiplegic for a while. After about a year I'd regained a lot of the use of and feeling in my left side, though not all by any stretch. I tried to play my guitar as a desperate form of self-inflicted physical therapy, since I'd previously been quite good, but I my hand had too little use for me to do what I wanted and I hid it away in my parents' house for over a decade.

Recently I decided to bring it home with me after visiting my folks, and tonight I decided to try playing Grey Street. It's one of the easiest songs that I could remember (though I had help of my old easy fake book), and for personal reasons is a very meaningful song for me.

What you see here... It's choppy. It's slow. It's awkward. It's hesitant. And it made me so happy I started crying about five minutes later.

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