This photo from July (which I first posted on Facebook after the Boston Globe used it a few weeks ago) represents me as I’ve always wanted to be at shows – front and center, in the thick of it. Alas, that may not be the case for awhile. I’ve been dealing with increasing leg pain for a few weeks now, and in my doctor’s opinion (subject to confirmation by orthopedic specialists) I’ve developed bursitis in my hip. It’s not fun.
I’ve been learning to cope, but until this is fixed I’m going to have to spend a lot less time on my feet. Naproxen (basically a prescription-strength version of Aleve) seems to be helping a bit, but there are still a lot of changes to adjust to. I can’t go on long walks anymore. I have to be very quick and know exactly what aisles to hit if I do a supermarket run. The worst of it is the effect on my life as a music fan. There’ll be venues I simply can’t go to – too long a walk from the T and/or not enough comfortable seating. So many of my friends are musicians and I won’t be able to support them as much as I’m used to doing. And when I do go I won’t be spending much time in my favorite place – front and center.
Rest assured, my next (and last for 2015) show (on FRI, NOV 6 at STORE 54 in Allston, featuring WHEN PARTICLES COLLIDE and ENDATION) is on and I will definitely be there, but if you see me somewhere besides my usual place, don’t think it’s because I’m not excited by the music I still have the honor of presenting to you. Hopefully this will be behind me when I get back to doing shows next March.