It is amazing what happens during retirement. For the past eight years Tret Fure has had a guitar and songwriting bootcamp at our place on Whidbey Island. Four summers ago I was nudged to actually participate in the song writing effort. I bought a uke-guitar and have been writing songs ever since.
With a help from Tret, Diane, Friends and the Rhythm Bitches it is an exciting venture. Periodically there will be new songs here for your “listening pleasure”.
My Hip Odyssey
In the summer of 2017 I really was tilted in my walking. Diane, my spouse had hip replacement surgery in 2015, recovered and up in no time. I presumed I would have the same post op course.
Ended with an infection deep in the joint. Had a second replacement surgery but the joint was still infected and needed to be removed. By the 3rd surgery I had a concrete spacer in place, could not walk on the leg for three months, and had 6 weeks of antibiotics. Finally, after 5 ½ months and my 4th surgery, I had a working hip without ANY complications.
Our friends Stefani and Sue moved in with us, made dinner every night, did wound care, stayed up and worked picture puzzles way into the night. They indeed became family
Hence The Hip became a song to capture the six months of confinement.
PS. Dr. W. & his team did the repair work and received a copy of the words and song. Dr. W. grinned from ear to ear as he listened to the recording.
Adopting a rescue dog helps fill the void after the loss of a beloved pet. They bring with them an unknown history. Working to provide safety and comfort takes patience and vigilance. Stryder came from a hoarder's small home with 30 other dogs. Everyday I learn something new with Stryder. This song is about him, his antics, and his love.
“Midnight”, by Mary Whyte, watercolor on paper
My generation and those considered 'baby boomers' are experiencing the challenges of caring for one or both of our parents. The song reflects on being "My Mother's Mom".