Monday, August 13, 2007

SAVE ME ~ Behind the scenes

I wrote Save Me in April of 2005. I was still living in Washington. My state of mind was quite Bazzar. I was trying to record my own version of Tommy James' "Sweet Cherry Wine". All I remember about the recording was that it had a great beginning and a killer ending. But while I was working on the editing of the track, my Dog "Max" (From Cowboy hat blues) was curled up outside my studio door hyperventilating. He got up to follow me and started staggering. 4 hours later Max was put to rest. He suffered a cancerous hemangiosarcoma. It was the first time I had cried in 20 years. About 5 days later, Terri Schiavo died from being starved to death. So I originally wrote the song for Terri and Max.

But I didn't know how to put the music to video. Lots of people told me that the song was powerful. Ben Sharp used the intro for his Radio show for several months.

But about 2 months ago I ordered the VH-1 video that was done about Warren Zevon in his final days. If you don't own it, buy it now. Warren shows all of us that we are all destined for the same mortal destination. Some of us sooner than others. But Warren says in very articulately in his interview "I think it's a sin to not want to live". He said this in response to "his fans" saying "we think he's cool because he's refusing Chemo". The truth is; Warren cherished life. He celibrated life. When he knew his time had come, he chose to record a farewell album called "The Wind".

It was this thought of his fans cheering him for not taking Chemo that got me to think of the "Culture of death" that we live in. We are surrounded by those who take death so lightly. We (as a culture) have become so sensitized to death that we have cheapened the value of life. Abortions, Euthenasea and Suidcide is much to common in our society.

The video ends with Dr.MLK's speech "Free at last". We are free. Free to enjoy life. Free to live. If you don't like your life; do something about it.

Ace out....


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