So I think the ghost of George Gershwin is haunting me.
I woke up this morning, April 10th, 2014, and realized it was my 2-year Brain Chanceiversary.
This was the day, two years ago (TWO YEARS AGO!) that I had my first brain surgery, in Hong Kong. This was the day that it all started; the day that I began my ongoing Dance with Cancer. This is my cancer birthday.
So I woke up this morning (hooray for that!), and the first thing I did was turn on the radio, as I normally do. It was tuned to Classical KUSC (91.5), as it normally is.
But here’s the weird part: the instant– the exact instant— that the speakers came to life, guess what I heard?
I heard a clarinet. Like somebody had cued it up for me. Like it was the soundtrack to a movie.
“No way,” I thought. This was a clarinet that I recognized. This was a clarinet you’d recognize too– it’s possibly the most recognizable clarinet ever recorded. So why was it so weird for me to hear it this morning, of all mornings, on my brain cancer birthday, at the exact instant that I got out of bed and turned on the radio?
Because it’s the clarinet that plays at the very beginning of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue.”
The same “Rhapsody In Blue” that I mentioned in this post back in September.
The same “Rhapsody In Blue” that was written by a guy who died at my hospital, at my age, of the same brain cancer that I have right now (George Gershwin, 38, GBM).
The same “Rhapsody In Blue” that (because of all of the above) I used as the subtitle and theme song of the movie I have been writing for the last year, which I hope will not only cure my own cancer, but a lot of other people’s as well:
And as if all of that wasn’t coincidental enough, here’s where it gets really weird:
I was just on a beautiful BBC radio program called “Soul Music” last week, talking about this very song, and what it means to me.
If you’d like to listen to it, you can find it here (the program begins around the 1 minute mark):
So either I’ve been following George Gershwin around for the last two years, or he’s been following me.
Either way, I’m happy to have his company.
And grateful that he came by to say Happy Brainchanceiversary.
Sometimes I feel like I’m living a Rhapsody in Blue.