i remember practicing when i was a kid with both hands completely bandaged, including a broken 4th finger...my mother screamed when she saw me practicing, but i assured her i was all right :)

i missed three gigs in the 30 years i've been  doing this...one i had severe pneumonia  and literally could not get out of bed.

another i had vomiting and the runs so bad i couldn't last 10 minutes with out hitting the john

and the last one, i had heart attack symptoms so the doc sent  me to er.  i asked him if i could go after the gig he asked if it was worth risking a life threatening heart attack for one stupid gig...hmmm....he really touched a nerve  (it turned out to be stress overload...i quit everything for a week and slept...life went on and it was good)

is it really worth it to abuse ourselves?  does the show really have to go on?

once, a drummer, the leader on the gig, didn't show....i was furious!...until i went to his house and discovered him dead...talk about feeling like a dope...

blah blah blah :)
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