I do not normally use this blog to write about my personal life. I have always felt that this place is about you – the listener – and the musicians whose passions populate my show weekly. It’s not supposed to be about me or my family. However, a few friends have convinced me to break my long standing “rule” and write about what’s going on in the life of Mr & Mrs Goat aka Chris K and Miss Pattie aka Chris and Pattie Kresge.
About a month ago, my wife lost the use of her left hand. She’s left handed, and has spinal issues from an earlier accident, so we were obviously deeply troubled. I took her to the ER, where after two CT scans we were informed she has brain cancer. The guy walked in, sat down, and calmly said, “you have brain cancer Mrs Kresge.” Speechless is not the right word to express my feelings at that moment.
Mrs Goat was taken to a room, and radiation and steroid treatment began immediately upon verification of diagnosis. Further examination also found a “mass” on her lungs (still to be scanned and biopsied as of this writing). A further complication – Miss Pattie was also diagnosed with stage 2B skin melanoma 2 1/2 years ago. It was successfully removed, surgically, and she was deemed cured after the appropriate time for such things.
Pattie also started a high potency CBD and RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) regimen. I recommend reading The Difference Between CBD and Rick Simpson Oil. I had never heard of it until a friend, also dealing with cancer, turned me on to it. The RSO is 85% pure THC, and apparently is supposed to contain cancer shrinking properties. This is pretty interesting territory.
It is my wife who is to be celebrated for this show being on the air, for the times I’m on stage, and in general for me being Goat – she created the name “the picky grumpy old goat” 15 years ago and it stuck with the kids, and then became me, the character behind the mic on The Colorado Sound, and behind mixing consoles, and mc’ing shows, and doing all the things you’ve seen us do the past 15 years – together.
My wife is the most amazing part of who I am. I know that sounds like mushy old man stuff and corny as hell maybe – but I gotta say it.
Our scene has suffered some tremendous heartache this year. Too many of us have cancer, or other deadly diseases like HEP-C (Hepatitis C). The doctor told us, “if I had walked in and said that to you five years ago, it would have been a near certain death sentence.” Today, there are many promising new treatments.
The radiation stuff Pattie went through was Star Trek / Star Wars level amazing. I took a drug called Sovaldi that cured my HEP C. Five years ago HEP C was also a near death level illness, and as it turned out I am “allergic” to the drug they used to treat the disease five years ago, so for me – almost certainly death. Scared the livin’ crap outta me though, I gotta say. The messed up part of it is all this shit scares me…
It is true that early detection is critical. Get your colonoscopy and whatever other cancer finding tests you can – early, often and always. Just do it. There are cures, but you have to catch this stuff early …the earlier the better.
We’re hoping we got Miss Pattie’s early. So far – things look pretty damn good.
Sooooo #heartinthroat … our friend Megan Flotten set up a GoFundMe page. The immediate outpouring of love and support took my breath away. I cannot thank you all enough for your love.
Support has been provided by Fat Pig Society (website coming) A Workers’ Cooperative – Thanks to Fat Pig Society for supplying us with ALL Organic Hemp Infused Coconut Oil to supplement my wife’s cancer treatment. For more information, until they get their website up, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and a referral.
The Colorado Sound is supported by my incredible friends at the Mishawaka Amphitheater … soon to be 100 years old, and yes they have shows year round … during the cold months indoors in the SpokesBUZZ lounge … see www.themishawaka.com for upcoming events. And, please thank them for supporting Colorado music.
The Colorado Sound SUPPORTS SpokesBUZZ … a Colorado 501C3 non-profit dedicated to supporting the global visibility of Colorado sound and culture and to developing the professionalism of our local artists. More info atwww.SpokesBUZZ.org
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KUNC Colorado Music Spotlight
- Chuck Pyle
- i am Love (DEBUT)
- Tuesday 10: 20 am & 11:20 pm
- Wednesday 12:20 pm
- Thursday 11:20 am & 9:20 pm
- Friday 1:20 pm
- 91.5FM Northern Front Range/Denver
- 91.7FM Denver, Golden
- 102.7FM Boulder
- online at KUNC.org
(Monday Morning Music Meeting) When I worked in radio full time as a music director, it was customary to meet with the program director on Monday to discuss what new music I wanted to add to the playlist. Why mess with tradition… here’s this week’s adds.
i am Love -iam Love (2015 – Third Wave Records)
- Styles: indie, folk, rock
- Mixes well with Colorado bands: Widow’s Bane, Everything Absent or Distorted (A Love Story), Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke, a Tom Collins, DeVotchka
i am Love founder Joshua Christopher (writer, vocals, guitar) and drummer Kris Jackson moved to Denver from Philadelphia in Jan 2015. They formed Third Wave Records along the way, after four years touring with i am Love and working in various other music endeavors, including as festival producers/promoters (Brandywine Folk Festival).
They call themselves Psychedelic Vaudevillian Goth Grunge … They do have a bit of a vaudevillian vibe going. They also call themselves weirdo, experimental and acid folk among other descriptive terms. Band leader Joshua Christopher started i am Love after driving into a tractor trailer and spending twelve months convalescing, during which time he listened to no music at all. “i am Love” is their debut full length.
Eryn Desomer – The Perfect Peacetime Weapon (2015 – Eryn Desomer)
- Styles: folk, country, Americana
- Mixes well with Colorado acts: Jim Dalton (Railbenders, Hickman-Dalton Gang), Katya Chorover, Bonnie & the Clydes
Eryn DeSomer is an award winning songwriter/ performer from Denver, Colorado. She joined the Denver music scene in 2006 when she and her husband helped form alternative country band The Hollyfelds. In 2011, she formed retro/ 60’s pop inspired band The Jekylls.
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
ANDY HACKBARTH -PANORAMA MOTEL
disclaimer: Andy Hackbarth is a RMMN LLC client. RMMN LLC provides consulting services for several musical projects in the region, including servicing content to radio, tv, print, and municipalities. For information on RMMN consulting services, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAYLIST S9|EP44 2015
(D) = lp/ep/single debut
(N) = new cut from previously debuted ep/lp
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids “Summer Means Fun” from Best of Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids(2010)
The Astronauts “Money” from Everything Is A-ok (1964)
(N) Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart “Your Blood Moon” from Reckless Abandonment (2015)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things in My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Red Fox Run “I Am A Fox” from Red Fox Run (2015)
Selina Albright “Brighter” from Brighter (2013)
OneRepublic “I Lived” from Native (2013)
Danny Shafer “Barbeque” from Weddings, Floods and Funerals (2015)
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene “Let’s Do This Thing!” from Let’s Do This Thing! (2015)
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Broken Hearted Savior” from Sister Sweetly (1993)
Dragondeer “Don’t That Feel Good” from Don’t That Feel Good (2014)
The Knew “Old and Young” from Man Monster (2012)
Charles McPherson “the journey” from THE JOURNEY (2015)
Chuck Pyle “Here Comes the Water” from Step By Step (1990)
Chuck Pyle “Drifter’s Wind” from Camel Rock (1995)
(D) Lionel Young “Knock Knock Knockin’ On Your Back Door” from Healin’ Sound (2016)
Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family “Land of Fire” from Land of Fire (2010)
The Yawpers “Burdens” from American Man (2015)
(N) Von Stomper “Weight of It All” from Americado (2015)
(D) Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels “Still Feeling Blue” from Country Boy: A Tribute to Gram Parsons(2015)
Nina Storey “Think Twice” from Think Twice (2013)
Jeff Finlin “American Dream #109” from Epinonymous (2004)
(N) Joel Ansett “Already In Love” from The Nature of Us (2016) Andy Hackbarth “Panorama Motel” from Panorama Motel (2015)
Ian Cooke “epilogue” from Antiquasauria
Brad Goode “all Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)