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I'm a Singer, what's your Superpower?

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

I was 12 years old when the singing and performing bug hit me. That's when on Feb. 7th, 1964 The Beatles came to America and performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and rocked my world!

By the time I was 13 years old I started taking drum lessons and taught myself how to play the drums and sing at the same time. Long story short, I ended up recording with 3 major record companies and touring/performing with many major classic rock bands. I'm still singing to this day with my local band Soul Benders.

A year after my stroke and a lot of physical rehab, I contacted my bandmates, and a few rehearsals later was ready to hit the mainstage at Summerfest. Here's an excerpt from our book, Just Say "YES" to Life; After band members took their places, longtime lead singer Steve hobbled on stage with his cane. For the first time in his life, Steve was afraid to be on stage, worried that he would disappoint. He took his seat on the stool out front, adjusted his microphone, and looked out at a sea of faces — it was an audience of thousands.

As Steve settled himself and studied the crowd, he saw they were smiling and waiting with eager anticipation. They looked so happy. That, it turned out, dissolved his fear. The band launched into its opening number, and Steve jumped right in with a voice strong and clear, and the crowd swayed and clapped and sang along with him.

Steve belted out song after song and by the end of the set, the band knew the concert was a resounding success. For Steve, the cane and the stool had become invisible. No one there would have guessed that just one year before, Steve had suffered a stroke. (End of excerpt).

I hope you have a passion or hobby that excites you and you feel it down deep in your soul. Your passion could be anything that gets you motivated and eager to get on with it! My passion, singing, has been a big part of my therapy and recovery. My advice to other stroke survivors? “It’s a tough road ahead, but you must keep looking ahead and be thankful you’re still alive. It’s not always easy, but it’s always a choice. Your choice.”

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