While filming the appearance of Windfall at the Oak Grove Pavilion Saturday night, Kari Kovick looked at me from stage, smiled, and said “for you Doug” as she launched into “The Lucky One.”
The unexpected dedication brought tears as I struggled to film the song. Support from musicians during my continuing recovery from last fall’s near-fatal motorcycle accident has meant a lot but getting a song dedicated from the stage at a public event meant a lot. Kari’s husband, Michael, is also a member of Windfall and was out of town on family matters Saturday night but he joined guitarist Bernie Coveney while I was hospitalized and in a coma last year to play music at my bedside. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it means a lot to me when my wife told me about it later. Bernie returned with Andrea Marshall for a concert in my room shortly before my discharge and it also meant so much.
I was humbled and thankful to learn that a number of musicians at the Friday Night Jamboree opened their sets with prayers for my recovery.
My thanks to Kari, Dave Fason, Rusty May, Mike Mitchell and the others who joined them on stage at Oak Grove Saturday night. They and other musicians in the area have my thanks and eternal gratitude for their support and friendship. It means a lot.