I wrote “Go Fly A Kite” when I was in my 30’s and finishing college while being a dad to three small children. By age 35, just as I thought I had the world by the tail, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I battled the cancer for four years. After I had radiation, eight different kinds of chemotherapy and three surgeries, things weren’t looking so good. My second surgery took away my reading and writing abilities and the third paralyzed my right side. In the middle of my treatment, when it looked as thought I would not make it, my wife left me. I found myself in the middle of a painful legal battle over the right to see my children as I was fighting for my life.
I went through some dark days as I went through different therapies to relearn the alphabet and learn how to walk and talk again. Little did I know how profound the words of my song would be during this time of unbearable stress. At one of my lowest points, my brother sang my own song back to me, reminding me that flying a kite in the 40-acre alfalfa field behind our family home was the therapy I needed to gain perspective and was a source of strength to fight my daily battles.
I’m happily remarried and am the proud dad of 4 children with one more on the way. I was able to finish college after my treatment and am now cancer free! I love life, my family and have now mastered performing on the guitar with one hand. I’ve learned that no matter what happens to you, it’s how you come out the other side that matters.