9 weeks and 2 days since that Sunday in June (24th) at 2.26pm when all our lives changed.
No poetic flood of words from me, just to inform you of what is going on; particularly those who are overseas.
The Balnarring Community Cancer Awareness Group will hold an annual event -most probably at the Race track (to hold more people), artists, bands and many dedicated people have signed on to this great fundraiser that will assist locals dealing with cancer and will add to Chris’ wishes to assist others.
You will see details of this event soon; a lead up tester is planned for the race track later his year – Cath and I visited with the great and well connected Bernie Dobson a few weeks ago; as a committee member there at the Balnarring Racing Club, he has suggested an amazing seed of an event – it will be huge…. * watch for details….
Where to next? How do we best manage this struggle, be present for our families and respect Chris?
How can we ever do him proud? That torments me on a daily basis.. listening to music helps me. I was playing Paul Dillon’s ‘Butterfly into the storm’, a CD Chris played on, (recorded at the Sorrento Cinema in 2006), and it was then that I realised music is probably one of the only ways I can get through this aside from helping Cath, Renae, Eva & Leo….
Victor Stranges, a great musician who Chris played with, sowed the seed with me whilst Chris was in hospital – suggesting we could put his playing to record.
We can listen to his music …(and you can find it online) and we can listen to his rimshots, his solos and his signature cymbal splashes…. but what if we could play a CD of his music -him drumming on songs- and celebrate him that way?
Celebrate his music, hear his beats and feel his ideas; feel a part of him. Yes, that’s what I would want.
And what if we could put together a CD together that would also benefit Cath, Renae, Eva & Leo?
That’s where I am now.
And that’s where you come in – we need suggestions, songs, ideas of how to present the CD, package it etc. We need photos, we need stories and we need your feedback on how to best honour Chris and his legacy. If you know of any recordings, however brief, please let me know via email.
Please contact me and share your ideas.
Please upload any suitable pics, stories and ideas to this site – the blog.
I made a commitment to Chris to assist Eva & Leo the best I could.
You can help me do so.
Steve x x
DON’T FORGET THE DRUMSTICKS
(PLS LET CATH KNOW HOW YOU CAN ASSIST HER)
Please see a bunch of potential songs and links to songs /artists below. Plenty of beautiful Chris drumming… Cheers
‘My Friend’ Marty Nelson Williams
Jam Band featuring Graham Davidge, Pete Kaighan, Aaron Roberts – Heritage Hotel April 2012 (listed as Mama Sass because they were the original band prior to a jam taking over)
‘Last Time’ Drew Bowden 3 – World Aids Day, Melbourne 2008
‘Lip Kiss’ (Lisa Blundell/Marty Nelson Williams) Featuring DC Cardwell, Samuel Cardwell
Multiple songs- DC Cardwell and Victor Stranges – Studio recording/Home recording
‘Much too soon’ Pete Watts
‘Coming Home’ Marty Nelson Williams