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The Amazing Barry Thrasher

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on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 in Party on the Moon

 

Several years ago, I got a call from a New York event planner. He was planning a big corporate event to be held in Atlanta at Turner Field - home of the Atlanta Braves. The client wanted a special Rock Show performance of classics songs from the biggest acts in history, including Led Zepplin, Queen, and Jimi Hendrix. I knew I would need a great guitar player to make it happen. Barry Thrasher immediately came to mind.

One minute into the conversation Barry said, “I’m in.” The show was big. The concert stage was located at second base. The client brought in current and veteran Braves players to sign autographs and visit with the guests. Barry had a great time taking photos, and calling the bullpen from the phone in the Braves dugout - pretending he was making a pitching change.

The band performed a great show and Barry killed it. Barry played all the songs perfectly with the exact tone. Everyone in the band commented to me that Barry was not only a great guitar player, but a humble and super nice guy. Barry just has a way of making those around him feel at ease. He possesses a rare combination of superior musicianship, humility, a sense of humor and a thirst for excellence. He always gives his best. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a concert stage or playing in a small bar, he’s always on with a smile on his face.

When I got the news of Barry’s heart attack, I was shaken. It caused me to pause and reflect on Barry and my own life. I asked myself, “Is there anything positive we can learn from this?” Many of us are not so young anymore and Barry is not the only musician who has had issues with health recently.

Here are a couple of ideas we can think about.

Get a check up. Sounds simple and I’m surprised how many of the not so young group doesn’t get a regular check up. Another close musician friend of mine had a heart attack last year. He had been feeling bad for weeks. I had encouraged him to get a physical, but he didn’t. Thank goodness he is recovering today. Who knows if a simple visit to the doctor might have averted a near disaster.

Check out your habits. The life of a musician is hard work. To perform at a high level, you’ve got to be in your best shape. Are there any habits you have that you would be better off trading for ones that would serve you better? This can take discipline. If you need help get it.

Choose to be healthy. Once you make the strategic choice to be healthy, take a step to support that choice. There are plenty of opportunities to join a yoga class, martial arts program or a local YMCA. They are inexpensive and the change will do you good, both mentally and physically.

The longer I’m in the music business, the more convinced I am of how important the work is. Clients depend on us to help celebrate the most important events in their life. Corporate clients and fundraisers hire us to celebrate their achievements that make a difference in the lives of others. Make no mistake, it’s important work and we need our health to give it our best.

Barry currently plays with the Mike Veal Band. For over 20 years, Mike Veal has been at the center of the music scene. If there has been a musician in need Mike, along with Barry and his band, have raised money and awareness in their support. They continue to remind us of the power of music through their regular performances and their acts of goodwill. Thank you for your time and generosity.

Now it’s our turn to help Barry. I encourage you to support Barry by using this link

www.gofundme.com/barry-thrasher. I look forward to Barry’s return to the Mike Veal Band. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Thanks and stay healthy.

Dennis Smith

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