I've been writing since I was in grade school, & winning poetry contests & such. But I never dreamed I would be writing poems & putting them to music. Moving from a very active & physical lifestyle to one of illness is very difficult. I had to relearn my energy levels. I have lived with Systemic Lupus since 1992 & now rebattling Systemic Lupus Nephritis. In August of 2007, I suffered a stroke which awakened a part of my brain to music. Writing & creating music has been such a huge part of my recovery that I don't think I would have recovered as fast as I did without it. January to April 2009, I was hospitalized. Dialysis was part of the treatment as well as others that were painful & unpleasant. 'You do what you do in the face of adversity'. I saw my loving husband's & brave son's faces when they came to visit me in the hospital. Long lonely hours of labs, pills, exams, treatments, IV's, busted IV's, painful infiltrations & other mind melting things being in a hospital can do. My husband brought me pad, pen, & my travel guitar. What a savior that was for me to have. I was able to bring out some of my frustrations.I got better & I am home now with some very nice songs. Armstrong & Getty morning talk radio gave me a different type of healing. I entered their radio morning theme show contest. Jack Armstrong, (who I giggle so much at) & Joe Getty, who I admire, & hope to see play with his band, Joe Getty & The Dead Flowers. I want to thank Mr. Bob Kinney one of the best humans on the planet.I learn so much from Bob. All the people of Consumer Music in Vallejo, CA. Brad Sears, Bill Mooney, & everyone,Thank you, Gary Black, Zell, & Mr. Chuck Tennin. My family, who always puts up with my illness & always waits for me to emerge from the ugly sea I sometimes wade in, I love you,& if ever it happens that I am left to my own mind, I will have so many loving memories to relive & be fulfilled for a second lifetime.
Liza Marie B. Sparks