Spine-Tingling Music

Some may have noticed that I haven’t blogged (or responded to others’ posts) for a few weeks now. Here’s the reason: Almost two weeks ago, my L5/S-1 disc ruptured, causing intense, debilitating pain and would likely, according to my neuro-surgeon, have eventually caused permanent paralysis (in either or both legs) if I didn’t undergo surgery immediately. I wasn’t one to argue. This past Tuesday, after about a week on painkillers, I underwent spinal surgery to remove the portion of my disc that had lodged itself against the sciatic nerve of my right leg. It suffices to say, I am in much less pain now and am now dealing with the incision pain and resting up in order to resume my language studies at some point down the road. Sadly, my surgery forced me to cancel buy tramadol online trip to Lansing, Michigan, to attend my 20-year high school reunion. It’s my hope that everyone else attending will have a grand time and not miss me one bit. 😉

On a high note, The 77’s latest CD, Holy Ghost Building, which I executive-produced, was just released yesterday! I shouldn’t have to tell anyone familiar with the legendary band to buy this album. If you’d like to listen to three tracks from the album before you commit to buying, visit the band’s MySpace page and enjoy the tasty guitar licks, gritty vocals, pounding bass and drums, and smooth BGVs.

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  1. So glad to hear you’re on the mend. We are hosting the 77’s on Tuesday here in Ames, IA at our church’s new community music venue, Zeke’s (short for Ezekiel Project). Check out the Web site. People are coming from as far away as Minneapolis, Kansas City and somewhere in South Dakota. We are so excited. We’re faithful Cornerstone Fest goers and have been 77’s fans for many years. http://www.zekesames.com

  2. I was glad to read that your operation is behind you (no pun intended) and that it went well. Sometimes these operations are incredibly successful … and sometimes they accomplish virtually nothing. Sounds like yours fell into the first category, and I hope that proves to be the case. My prayers are with you in your recovery. Welcome back to cyberspace!

  3. Beyond Words,

    Well, it’s obvious your church has good taste in music! Enjoy the show and please tell Mike and the band that I’m recovering well.

    Never been to a Cornerstone Festival, believe it or not. The timing just never worked out. One of these days, after I retire … one of these days. 😉

  4. RBH

    Ouch! Glad to hear you’re feeling some better.

    I’ll pass on my brother’s remark about high school class reunions: “They’re like a masquerade ball where you can’t take off the mask.” 🙂

    I missed my 50th a few weeks ago due to business requirements.

  5. Tom

    The 77s! Jeez, that takes me back to the days I was doing a Christian rock band, and how I envisioned I would convert the world. I had their (first?) album Ping Pong over the Abyss from the early 80s.
    My wife is going in for an MRI to see if she has disk impingement…. It’s not a pleasant thought if she has to have surgery and I’ll be curious to hear more about your recovery. Good luck!

    (BTW, I was the author who deleted the above comment because I was using a different account).

  6. Beyond Words,

    How was the concert?!?! The fans want to know!

  7. The 77s! Jeez, that takes me back to the days I was doing a Christian rock band, and how I envisioned I would convert the world.

    You were in a Christian rock band?!?! Do tell!

    I had their (first?) album Ping Pong over the Abyss from the early 80s.

    Yup, Ping Pong was their first album. I still love listening to it, although some of the tunes are quite dated.

    My wife is going in for an MRI to see if she has disk impingement…. It’s not a pleasant thought if she has to have surgery and I’ll be curious to hear more about your recovery.

    Well, if you don’t mind, I’ll pray for your wife. And do be sure to check in with me in a couple of months to see how my recovery is going. (As of now, so far, so good.)

    BTW, are you going to buy the new 77’s album? It may be chock full of theistic tunes (although not all), but it’s still outstanding rock’n’roll. 😉

  8. Hi Mike – just doing my occassional round of folk who have left comments on my blog in the past. Sorry to hear you have had health problems. Hope your getting to full recovery.

  9. Hope your getting to full recovery.

    Recovery is coming along very nicely, thanks! Three more weeks of rest and I’ll be starting physical therapy.

    Here’s to hoping the inherent weaknesses of the human spine continue to devolve away. 😉

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