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We Are All Disabled - Part 18

Don Alder is a musician and partner in a grand adventure - "Man In Motion" that forever changed the way we see disability. He lives alone in a basement suite over run by guitars, note books full of ideas for songs and everywhere, memories of going around the world with his best friend, Rick Hansen.        Heroes I'm just home from Hawaii where my harp guitar and I played along side, Chris Hadfied,...

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We Are All Disabled - Part 17

Dancing on the Edge of Fame  Watching the annual music awards season roll through reminds me, I've learned a lot about the business of being famous and what it takes to be in that spotlight.  At some point, I think we all bump into fame. Sometimes that spotlight is exciting and sometimes it's not. When that happens, I find myself looking for the exit.    I love creating music and being at the centre...

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G-Strings in the shadow of Disneyland, and the acoustic guy who played too loud

I'm writing having recently returned from a really big show in California where 100,000 people from the music business got together for three days - to talk, play, listen, buy, and sell. It's called NAMM and its fun but it can be so very stressful, especially when time and money are in short supply. The show is not open to the public, meaning that everyone at the Anaheim Convention Centre in the...

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Victor's Head Trip and the Old Greek Philosopher

In the interview excerpt below continued from an earlier blog, Mike Jacobs who worked with Victor Webster - teaching him what it took to play a disabled athlete, talks about Victor's journey and his own. Sadly, Mike Jacobs passed away before seeing the film completed but his contribution to the movie and the lessons learned by all lucky enough to have crossed his path, will never be forgotten. Q....

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Sam,Dave and me - 25 years later and still "groovy"

It's New Years Day and the world at my house is peaceful. No rehearsals, no guitars to tune; nothing to worry about. But its still early and maybe this afternoon when the shadows get long and freaky, I will begin to mull over the things from last year that need to be filed away before they fill my 2014 dance card. Until that happens, if it happens, everything remains groovy here at Don central,...

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