"All You Want to Know" Concert
At a Glance...
- Location: 214 East Mansion Street
- Time: 8:00 PM
- Date: May 31, 2007
- Website: Visit Website
- Price: $12 Adult & $6 Student
- Contact: Franke Center for the Arts
Randy Bussard..."I'm very excited about the release of this CD. Coming from a musical family, I guess it was only natural that I'd follow in the family footsteps and compose music. I'm taking the extra step and not only playing live, as my grandpa Mike and his brothers did with their barn band in the 1930s, and my mom, who greeted us kids at the door after shcool with her piano playing and beautiful voice, but with the recording and release of this very special CD of nine of my original compositions. I've composed music for many, many years, drawing inspiration from my own life. All of my music, at its core, is a small slice of me. "I'll Be There For You" I wrote for the great love of my life with whom I have shared the last 20 years. All these years later, I wrote "The Man You Need" for our anniversary. The title song, "Second Chances" I wrote for my neruosurgeon for saving my life in 2004. He gave me a second chance at my life, and now I'm using that chance to pursue a career in music."
RANDY BUSSARD OFFERS A NEW GENRE OF MUSIC
Ever wonder how it would feel to walk around with music playing in your head? Could be pop ballads to the old west (not to be mistaken for country western this time); one instrument to full orchestra; classical to a dance setting… all fitting into the frame of emotions on paper played into music. If you have ever wondered how that feels, ask Randy Bussard.
This 40-something year old musician has had this phenomena going on since he wrote his first song at 13. It may have been a sappy bubblegum tune fitting into the 70’s when Bobby Sherman was The Man, but what a direction it has now gone. His latest orchestrated number is a piece for string quartet, flute, piano and Celtic drum. Now he’s working on a composition for full orchestra. Emotional is the word most people use to describe his particular genre, but don’t think down or depressing, perhaps emotionally sad or “telling” tunes, but all tell a story and all have been part of his life; as told in his song, “Voices of My Ancestors”, that will premiere in its performance debut at the Franke Center for the Arts, Marshall, for his program, “All You Want to Know,” May 31, 2007. Randy is officially emerging from “retirement” following a medical situation, and has opened up his head and heart to share his music from within.
Prior to 2006, Randy didn’t expect to be performing for anyone, was enjoying life as a gentleman farmer on a small organic farm, with a gaggle of rare domestic geese and his personal favorites, a herd of registered French Alpine Dairy Goats. His music, along with his farm, antique restoration, designing furniture, and his small home business were his life. On August 20, 2004, everything changed. He suffered a hemorrhagic stroke caused by a ruptured double aneurysm in his brain just above his right eye. His initial emergency hospital stop was non-productive, with a 6 ½ hour wait-to-see-the-doctor, leaving him in grim condition to be transported to Kalamazoo’s Borgess Medical Center where his condition had deteriorated to the point of unknown results for the necessary surgery. It was a live or die, out-of-time decision to be made. The only decision possible was made, Neurointerventionalist, Dr. Firas Al Ali performed the procedure 17 hours after the initial rupture. After five hours on the operating table, Randy emerged with 18 platinum coils in his head. He went from zero chance of surviving the surgery and probable severe brain damage to walking out of the hospital. This was after relearning simple motor skills such as walking, talking and arm and hand movement. Then there was the re-education of reading, writing and accepting some lasting, slowly degrading problems such as eyesight. This is called learning a new way of life. Music is the one thing he’s been left with; much to the advantage of the rest of us.
Since this life changing experience, which remains with him daily, he has produced a CD, “Second Chances” which will be available for sale at the Franke Center, or may be obtained by sending an e-mail to Randy at email@example.com. Randy also performed for the first time in public for several years for the Franke Center’s 2006 “Home for Christmas” show, where he performed not only with a cast of others, but one of his own holiday arrangements, “Hush Little Baby”, also included on his CD, “Second Chances”. For more information about Randy, and/or ways to obtain his CD, please take a look at his website at, www.myspace.com/http//wwwmyspacecomrandybussard or that of his Business Manager, Jaryl Day, Owner of J.K.S. Marketing, Inc., www.jksmarketing.org. Find out how Randy has survived to be able to make his career in music a joy for others, and in his words, “…give the opportunity for people to hear music that they can truly relate to.”