That Puts it in Context

Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska (for those of you not familiar with it)
Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska (for those of you not familiar with it)

I had to share this with someone so I thought I’d share it with everyone.

You know, when you do this writing songs, jumping around and singing lark, you sometimes think: “Am I really any good?”.  Well, we all have doubts from time to time.

And then, out of the blue Dave Bundy from Lincoln, Nebraska sends you an email which says:

“Duncan,

Gotta tell you how much your music resonates with me. I can’t stop playing it. Tunes about growing up with regrets, tunes about growing up without regrets. Great characters. Love Not the Kind of Guy. All the rockers rock. Just Because You’re Paranoid was so funny I woke my wife up to listen to it, and she wasn’t even mad.

So here’s a little back story about why great music matters so much to me. Thirteen years ago, just as my twins were born, I beat Stage 4 colon cancer. Last fall I was diagnosed with a new, inoperable and rare cancer. Bile duct cancer. I’m being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. So I do a ton of driving. And I listen to a ton of excellent power pop on the road. Your music is my cancer soundtrack. And either I beat it again or I die trying. And I won’t feel bad either way. I got 13 bonus years with my family. But when I’m not feeling as fearless or philosophical great music like yours lifts me up. I probably owe you as much as I’ve paid for three weeks of radiation and 18 chemo treatments. I’ve got great insurance, so that’s one less worry. But the music has its healing power, too. Thanks, Duncan.

Dave”

I mean, where the hell is Lincoln, Nebraska anyway and how come someone there is using my music as a soundtrack to fight cancer? I can tell you, it certainly makes all this malarky worthwhile and makes you even more determined to carry on the fight to bring Heavy Melody Power Pop Punk to the world!

Thank you Dave and you carry on your fight too. It’s much more important than mine!

PS: Dave is actually a great writer and writes amazing blogs about his life. Well worth a read. You can find a couple of his pieces here:

A Joyful Holiday

Radiation and kindness. Both good medicines

Dave Bundy
Dave Bundy making light of his chemo!