So Local Pasco Podcast, February 23rd, 2016. Jimmy Lee Brearley Benefit Edititon

So let me set the scene…It’s 1981.  You live in a small town, in a semi-rural community, about 35 miles from a city…And THAT city is no big deal.  Heck our NFL team was in the middle of setting it’s reputation as to worst sports franchise in American HISTORY.

There was not much to do…Skating rink, bowling alley…I even think we were between go kart tracks, then.  All the major arteries you know and love were significantly smaller:  Little Road, Ridge/Moon Lake Road, SR52 AND 54 were all two lane roads.  Can you imagine?
Gulfview Mall was new.  The county building on Little Road was new…Little Road was only a through road to Fivay.  Yeah.  Pretty grim.

So, you start a band.  If you can’t start a band, you do whatever you have to do to hang AROUND with a band.  My band was Moon…Made up up members from both Hudson and Gulf High Schools.  I did not play guitar, or sing…xylophone was NOT a rock band kind of instrument.  So, I took pictures.  I also had a Cadillac Fleetwood (white) which was EXACTLY the car you wanted to show up in, if you had rock and roll fantasies.

So here is that band:

Lee Seltman, lower left, in red suspenders.  Your podcast host and writer, UPPER left, sorting a camera, a famous hat, and that stupid flag.  So young.  Also shown:  Wes Lee, Jeff Gaines, Pat Beyens, Kevin Kehl, Derrick Brown, and Andy Brock. Moon.
Lee Seltman, lower left, in red suspenders. Your podcast host and writer, UPPER left, sorting a camera, a famous hat, and that stupid flag. So young. Also shown: Wes Lee, Jeff Gaines, Pat Beyens, Kevin Kehl, Derrick Brown, and Andy Brock.
Moon.

So, after the band broke up…How could they NOT, we were all so young…I am proud to say that most of the members went on to play music, or be involved in music, right up to today.  Andy Brock is well known in the area as a talented and active guitarist and singer.  Kevin Kehl plays in a Christian rock band, last I heard.  Jeff Gaines designs and operates concert tour level light shows from New York.  I write and talk about music…And Lee Seltman has been gigging away for forty years.  FORTY.  He was in his first band by age 13.

And now, he needs our help.  Lee had brain surgery, about six weeks ago.  Now, it turns out, he did NOT have cancer, but some scary lesions and infections between his skull and his brain (I will skip the “brain fungus” jokes, for now).  There is no minimizng the seriousness of having your skull cut open, and having them dig around in there.  He has some scattered thoughts, and is on antibiotics that are just NO JOKE.  His recovery is slow, and his chosen craft is one that require intricate, dextrous handwork, great memory recall, and physical power (Basses are HEAVY, and singing is STRENUOUS).

Lee, looking feisty, out for two sets of WICKED, last week at The HandleBar
Lee, looking feisty, out for two sets of WICKED, last week at The HandleBar

Right now, Lee is resting, and mending.  Right now, Lori, his wife, is supporting them both…And they are living in a TINY cottage on the property of ANOTHER local musician…It’s a tough situation.

Now, we all have a chance to chip in.  To celebrate his survival, and to commit ourselves to taking care of local musicians who need us.

Lisa has put together a WHALE of a benefit lineup for March 6th at Quaker Steak and Lube!
Lisa has put together a WHALE of a benefit lineup for March 6th at Quaker Steak and Lube!

Thanks, Lisa Hayn, for looking after my cantankerous, funny, talented, goofy friend.  I know he can be a handful!  Trust me, I’ve roadtripped with him, before…Here’s the information on the benefit:

Contact Lisa and Gypsy Rain for info on how you can donate, even if  you cannot make the benefit!
Contact Lisa and Gypsy Rain for info on how you can donate, even if you cannot make the benefit!

Also, you could catch Lee out at Dust Fest…We hope to have him out to meet and greet some folks this Saturday evening, when you can ALSO meet and hear Shadofax, Contraband, and Nightwind.

Dust Fest

That’s all for Tuesday…See you tomorrow!

~Greg

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