Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This young man is Colby Gardiner and he doesn't look like this anymore. 3 brain tumors will do that to a kid and yet, he still keeps fighting and inspiring others to do the same. His greatest love, besides his mum, is drumming. He collects drum sticks. As of this morning he had one lonely set that he bangs around like crazy, no doubt dreaming of being a rock n' roll star one day. In fact, his greatest wish is to meet the drummer of Coldplay. A tall ask some might say. Clearly, you haven't met Colby's mom.
Early this morning she sent a mail to my friend Tash who runs a motherhood blog called Raising Men. She told her Colby's story and his dream and of course Tash's heart melted instantly. She immediately set out to spread the word about Colby. Emails, phone calls, status updates... you name it.
Within a few short hours, thanks to the power of Facebook multiplied by that of the human heart, not only did Colby's story capture the attention of the South African music scene with band upon band donating set upon set of signed drum sticks, even a drum kit... Colby's mom posted this message on her Facebook: "COLBY WILL MEET COLDPLAY AND GET WILL'S DRUMSTICKS!!"
How flippen awesome!!?!?!! It's days like this that reminds me what it's all about. Thank you Tash, PJ, Shane, Music Connection, Big Concerts, The Parlotones, Flash Republic, Desmond And The Tutus, The Dirty Skirts and of course, everyone who pummeled Coldplay's management with God knows how many requests for Colby's dream to come true. You're the real rockstars.
Posted by He who says hmm... at 9:59 PM
Imagine you've just woken up. You climb out of bed feeling all groggy, stinking of cigarette smoke and old booze. You shower off last night's shame, dress for the daily grind, practice your work smile, head to your garage... and the flippen Foo Fighters are setting up to play a private concert for you and your mates! How fucken amazing would that be? Well, for a few lucky bastards, who I'm sure you'll also like to see grow severely painful genital warts, this actually happened. Check out the awesomeness in the 40min video above.
Posted by He who says hmm... at 9:06 AM