After a near-fatal motorcycle accident last fall, I owe a lot of people a deep debt of gratitude for their public heal, support and prayers during a period of recovery that is continuing and will continue for quite a while.
One segment of the community that has gone to incredible lengths have been the musicians of Floyd County. As noted earlier, Kari Kovick and Windfall caught me by surprise last weekend with a dedication of “The Lucky One” to me from the stage of Oak Grove Pavilion.
The support of musicians started early after I laid my motorcycle down on U.S. 221 at the bottom of Bent Mountain on November 9, 2012, to try and avoid hitting a black cow on a dark road late at night.
Kari Kovick’s husband, Michael, joined with Bernie Coveney to play music by my bedside while I lay unconscious in intensive care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, as I wasn’t aware of the musicians at the Friday Night Jamboree to opened their sets with prayers for my survival and recovery.
Later in my hospitalization in Roanoke, Coveney returned with singer and musician Andrea Marshall, and their performance in my hospital room brought other patients, doctors and nurses down the hall to watch and listen.
Jenny Traynham, on stage at the Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Festival, welcomed me back to the communty. Scott Perry recognized me from the stage during a performance at the Floyd Country Store.
I doubt that I have done enough to deserve such support, but my thanks to the musicians and the many others in and around the area for their help and prayers. It means more to may than I can ever appropriately express or fully return their generosity or support.
*(Apology to Jenny Traynham. I added an extra “e” to your first name in the credits in the clip above. I’m sorry and will correct it as soon as possible.)