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This Could Only Happen To Me

February 26, 2012


Today is the first day of rehearsal for Australia and I feel very sick

There is no shortage of irony in my life. A little over a year ago, CHIC was playing its very first gig with Earth, Wind & Fire. I've been wanting to play with them for most of my life. The night of the show, I was stricken with a neurological event that caused me to loose muscle strength in my right hand. I couldn't hold my guitar pick and played the entire night with my fingers. It was almost impossible to imitate my normal "chucking" style with my fingers, but somehow I got through the show. It was one of the worst nights of my life.

Yesterday, I woke up with a fever and felt very sick. It was the first day of rehearsal for our upcoming gigs in Australia. I've been looking forward to playing Australia ever since our sophomore album and it's lead single "Le Freak," which went triple platinum and #1 on the Australian charts. We leave in just two days and I'm deathly ill.

Music has always given me extra strength to overcome incredible odds and I'm depending upon it to pull me through again. Everything's been going so well lately and I guess this is part of the Yin Yang of life. Whenever I think things are perfect, something bad happens that catches me off guard. I'm doing everything I can to try and nurse myself back to health. I'm very happy in general but sometimes I think, This Could Only Happen To Me.


Earth, Wind & Fire


"Le Freak" single sleeve


Music has always given me extra strength to overcome incredible odds


Yesterday's rehearsal stage plan


I feel horrible but I'm trying to get through rehearsal


I can always depend on The CHIC Organization to prop me up on Platinum crutches


No matter what I feel like, as long as there's an once of breath in me I'm going to give it my all


My Final Night in Bremen on our last tour, and though I was really sick and the doctor had just visited me, we still gave a strong performance


My chucking style is almost impossible to imitate with my fingers


Though I'm generally happy, ironically I think sometimes This Could Only Happen To Me

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