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02/13/2020 07:56 AM
DJ: John Richards
Lust For Life
by Iggy Pop
(220 plays) | (1 fan)

"I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer when she was only 36 and I was 11. This was back in the 70s, my mom loved to dance and was the life of every party. So please play "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop." - For you, Anne <3
02/13/2020 07:51 AM
DJ: John Richards
Personal Jesus
by Depeche Mode
(54 plays) | (0 fans)

"My brother was just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He's been fighting health issues for years and has a big fight coming. I'd like to send out love and hope to him Levi. He is a big Depeche Mode fan, "Personal Jesus" if you have the time. Thanks for this Music Heals, and thanks for all the great music! No other station would do something like this." - Santino, hope and healing to your brother Levi during this time. This one's for the both of you <3
02/13/2020 07:46 AM
DJ: John Richards
Fell On Black Days
by Soundgarden
(23 plays) | (0 fans)

"I'm a KEXP volunteer and Amplifier. This is a hard story to write, because during all of the Music Heals Cancer shows, I never thought I'd be the one writing in. Last year during the Spring Drive when my husband Jon and I had the opportunity to donate and get to meet IDLES at Life on Mars, I didn't know that when I was scouring the bar for a good seat for my husband's ailing back, that it was cancer eating his L1 vertebra and crushing his spinal cord. Or when we realized that our lawn tickets for Brandi Carlile at the Gorge might be hard on his increasingly painful back, that we bought a camp chair at REI. It wasn't until the day of the Rolling Stones concert, tickets that I rolled my eyes at buying, but he was so insistent, that we found out the pain was cancer. I couldn't eat, I was so kicked by the news. He wasn't going to let that stop him, though. We went to the show, because years ago as our music heroes started dying, we realized we didn't want to "wait til the next tour." We had to miss the Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock concert because it was that same week. In the next few weeks we arranged his neurosurgery (L1 removed, a nerve shaved to get the tumor clear, rods to fuse for stability) and got set up at SCCA. Pathology started to be run. Our world turned upside down for us, including our elementary school aged children... The days after his diagnosis were some of the darkest, hardest days. I have dealt with depression just on seemingly good days, and it just weighed on me. I was doing so much, trying to take care of my kids, trying to act as a nurse to my husband (we had to move him to a hospital bed on our first floor, where I slept on the floor nearby for about a month... We're still buying tickets for upcoming shows. We never know for sure if we'll make it, or if we do if we'll need accomodations for his back. Music is part of the reason my husband and I are together. And as the Mountain Goats say, I'm going to make it through this year if it kills me." - Laura, we miss seeing your face around here at KEXP, please don't forget to take care of yourself the best you can during this time. This one's for you and Jon <3
02/13/2020 07:39 AM
DJ: John Richards

"It seems fitting that this Music Heals falls the day between my birthday (Feb 12) and my late mother’s birthday (Feb 14). My mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer in 2010, endured intense surgery removing her entire left lung and chemo those following months. The cancer came back 2 years later in the lining of her abdomen and was put on chemo to keep her stable, changing the chemo drug when the former stopped working. I traveled from Seattle to San Diego every few months to visit. On a July evening, during the week I happened to be visiting, I along with my dad and cousin watched my mom take her last breath. My mom was a fighter up until the very end and kept her spirits up knowing that was the only way she could get through this. I have such fond memories dancing and singing along to "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" with her and would greatly appreciate you playing the song in her memory. We all need the reminder to dance and sing even in the hard times." - Happy belated birthday, Tori. This one's in memory of your mother <3
02/13/2020 07:35 AM
DJ: John Richards
I Still Haven't Found What I'm ...
by U2
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"I’m sitting here in Portland, eating breakfast with my two daughters (all of us members) and listening to your show like we do every day. We lost my wife Katherine three and a half years ago to cancer and KEXP continues to anchor much of our week, from the morning show to the afternoon show, to Preaching the Blues and Evie on Sundays. It’s a weird insane thing to be the steward of your spouse’s memory for your kid. One way I keep her memory alive is through sharing the music she lives with my daughters. Her favorite band was U2, and the Joshua Tree is a frequent request in the car. Can you play their version of "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" with the New Voices of Freedom choir? We all might not have what we’re looking for, or be forced to look for things we thought we already had, but at least we can know we are not alone. Thank you for the gift of your vulnerability and grace on the air, this show and your show every day." - Thank you, Jay. This one's for you and Katherine <3
02/13/2020 07:30 AM
DJ: John Richards
There She Goes
by The La's
(167 plays) | (0 fans)

"In 2016, I was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma (a brain tumor). I had surgery to remove it, followed by radiation, chemotherapy, and lots of pills. Now, 3 years later, I feel pretty good. I don't carry around barf bags anymore!" - Great news for Fernanda! This one's for you <3
02/13/2020 07:27 AM
DJ: John Richards
Handle With Care
by Traveling Wilburys
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

"Music Matters. I first found KEXP through the “Song of the Day” podcast in the mid-2000s. I was just starting my career as an art teacher and needed a steady supply of hip tunes to play loudly for my students. Since our school blocked ‘internet streaming,’ I had to create Song of the Day mix-discs, that went into rotation in our department 10-disc changer. I frequently switched out mixes and students would often ask me about the music we heard, which was inspiring them to create art and seek new musicians to champion. Far from most music scenes in rural Nebraska, KEXP opened worlds for us... In January 2019, my wife and I received both fantastic and devastating news over the course of two weeks. Our good news, we were expecting our first child! This kid was immersed in KEXP culture in utero, as it is played nearly exclusively in our home. We are so excited share our good tastes with the next generation :) Our devastating news was my stage IV rectal cancer diagnosis. On January 10, I found out there is a large tumor in my colon, which has spread to local lymph nodes and metastasized as three lesions in my liver and multiple pulmonary nodules within both lungs. As if becoming parents isn’t challenging enough, this diagnosis has completely upturned our world. Working with college students, I am painfully aware that I am no longer a youngster, but I have never been able to envision myself as an old man. Currently aged 38 years, I stare down my mortality in the mirror every morning. I look to see if I can find an older version of myself in those eyes. Sometimes, I worry that I may never meet him. Moreover, I fear that I will not be able to see my wife become the outstanding mother I know she is and watch our child grow, learn, and experience this fascinating world. Currently, I’ve had 25-cycles of chemo equaling about 1250 hours of infusion. It’s a year later, our son is nearly six-months old, and we’re kicking ass. The tumors in my colon have all but disappeared. I recently had an interventional oncology micro-radiation treatment on my liver and early signs are good. I am extremely hopeful, full of love, and living everyday emboldened with a big F-you to cancer... Last week, my mother received news that her breast cancer returned and metastasized in eight locations. This devastating news reaffirms the fragility of our existence and the importance of enjoying everyday. My mother always played music loud in our house. Our cancer journeys, unique, individual, yet intertwined have brought us together. We know not what the future holds, but try to live each day fully. If you’ve got any time in your busy day and setlist, I’d love to dedicate “Handle with Care” by the Traveling Wilburys to my mother. It was always a favorite in our house." - Tim, thank you for your kind words and for being a listener for so long. Wishing you and your mother well during this time, this one's for the both of you <3
02/13/2020 07:17 AM
DJ: John Richards
Lake Charles
by Lucinda Williams
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

"Bennet was a WWII vet who survived Pearl Harbor. His service started like a lot of soldier’s in our country - he didn’t "get along" with his dad so he joined the Marines at 16 (the government graciously changed his birth certificate to help in his plight to escape an abusive home.) He was an obsessive fisherman and instilled this in me. When he told me had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he said, “Ma, Ma, Mandy (he stuttered on M’s due to epilepsy and even though at 12 years old I had requested everyone call me “Amanda”, he still called me "Ma, Ma, Mandy"), they’ve given me 6 months to live, kid. I guess I’d better teach you to fly fish like we’ve been talking about.” So for the next 6 months, we got together at his and my Grammy’s house in rural Arkansas and he taught me to fly fish and make his favorite breakfast - red eye gravy and grits. This was in 1998 when Lucinda William’s “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” was released. His demise was swift. The disease took him fast and towards the end I would push him to the pond in his wheelchair so he could critique my cast. The song I listened to over and over as he got sicker and sicker and eventually passed was, “Lake Charles”. He always had a reason (excuse?) to get back to his favorite place - on the water. Cancer fucking sucks. I love my Paupaw. Fish on." - Amanda, thank you for sharing, this one's for you and your Paupaw Bennet <3
02/13/2020 07:09 AM
DJ: John Richards
Orange Sky
by Alexi Murdoch
(23 plays) | (0 fans)

"My brother, Neil, and I listen everyday. Our mom has been treated for brain cancer most of our lives and now as adults and parents ourselves, she is receiving end of life care. Will you play "Orange Sky" to let Neil know that regardless of our struggles we will always have love and we’ll always have each other." - Alison, wishing peace to you and your brother Neil during this difficult time. This one's for you <3
02/13/2020 07:06 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Waylon Jennings
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"My husband and I are both long time listeners and amplifiers of KEXP and we now live in Elmore, Vermont. However, our story began in Seattle. My father died of lung cancer when I was a teenager and he would always sing "Amanda" by Waylon Jennings to me. After he passed away that song disappeared from my life until one night in 2000, when I was working at the Washington Athletic Club and I heard that song playing in another part of the hotel kitchen. I followed it and there was a young man in there working away and singing along to this song that in my mind belonged to myself and my father and would bring back the most wonderful memories of my childhood. That young man playing that song and I have been married for 15 years now and it was that moment that brought together both my past and my future." - Blair, what an incredible story! This one's for you <3
02/13/2020 07:03 AM
DJ: John Richards
Ring Of Fire
by Johnny Cash
(26 plays) | (0 fans)

"On Our 25th wedding anniversary in July 2018, my wife and I got the news that the mass taken out of my nose was an extremely aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (We'd been assured it definitely was *not* cancer. Ugh.) We cried, we leaned on our friends, and we got to work. We found our way to SCCA and UW medicine, who outlined a super aggressive plan: Concurrent 27 straight weekdays of radiation, and three-day inpatient chemo every three weeks. The docs predicted the "massive" chemo + radiation would utterly crush me, make me unable to swallow or feed myself. Nah to that, if I could help it, I was ready -- but there was one thing that scared me no end: Radiation for 5 weeks with a hockey puck-sized tongue protector in my mouth. And, to keep my head still during radiation, a super-tight face and neck mask. So? I’m claustrophobic, Wasn't sure I could handle the puck n mask combo for over a month. Music saved me. Nervously, I walked into the Radiation Bay for my first session. The techs greeted me warmly and asked what music I wanted. ANY MUSIC. Over the 27 days of radiation, I developed a great musical friendship with that Radiation crew – – they turned it up to 11 for me in the chamber every day. We did "Ring of Fire." Thank you Johnny Cash. Who knew that a song could kinda make fun of radiation, during radiation? Most of the songs I requested came from listening to KEXP for close to 20 years, so thank you thank you, you got me through. Music heals. I’m 15 months cancer free." - Matt, thank you for sharing your story with us, This one's for you <3