Here’s a song I wrote for the late Ken Rouleau, writer and community activist extraordinaire on Salt Spring Island. Ken endured ALS until he no longer could. The song was also written with another friend in mind, Ellen Swindall Bailey who is still enduring, still raising her three girls, loving her husband and living with more purpose and determination than anyone else I know.
My record company, Mighty Speck Records, requires all of its artists to choose a charity to support. With two friends who have fought this quite rare but overwhelming disease, The ALS Society of Canada was an obvious choice for me to make as the charity I want to help.
The song is called May You Live Long and Live Well. It was produced by Mark Le Corre at Old Growth Studio, Salt Spring Island on October 24th, 2010. Salt Spring musicians who contributed to the recording were:
Dale Bishop (guitar), Bruce Cameron (drums), Ashton Cheromaya (harmony vocals), Rama Cheromaya (harmony vocals), David Hallam (melody vocal), Tara Hollingsworth (harmony vocals), Dan Howlett (guitar and harmony vocals), Peter Mcfarlane (bass), Ramesh Myers (guitar), Susheela Myers (harmony vocals), Brian Nash (acoustic guitar and harmony vocals).