Thursday, May 28, 2009

Not By Choice

Last November, I wanted to do something special for World Diabetes Day. All the D-Bloggers out there in the O.C. were set to post something to help raise awareness about the big D.

I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to write a song.

On my drive home from work that day I started thinking about a song. I knew I wanted it to be a journey through some steps in my diabetes life. By the time I got home, I was singing the chorus and had most of the verses worked out in my head.

When I got home, I grabbed my guitar and tried to find the notes that I was singing all the way home. Not an easy task for me. After I did it just came together and I turned on my camera and recorded this.

I had so many positive responses and people asking for a downloadable copy that I decided to try and get it recorded professionally. Something I could be really happy with.

I finally did it. And I think it sounds pretty good.

Click here to open up iTunes right to the page where you can pick this up.

I should tell you that I chose the artwork for a reason. The symbol I used is not a maze, but a labyrinth. A maze you can get lost in but a labyrinth is a single path, a journey. Sure it twists turns and you never seem to know when it ends but as long as you keep moving, you will get to where you need to go. Much like life.

A labyrinth was the only thing that made sense to me in regards to this song.

Having this disease was not my choice but moving on in life and continuing on is my choice. It is our choice.

Also one thing I ask is if you do get it, if you would leave a comment on iTunes.

Kerri interviewed me about the song (which is a way better post then this one) and my home skillet number one Scott Johnson also posted about it (And his is also better then this.)

Please let me know what you think and thank you all for all the love and support I receive.

I love this community so much.



Cara said...

You know I love it! I can't wait to get home tonight so I can download it! :)

Cherise said...

I love it! I already downloaded. I told my mom to download it. Your apart of my iPod shuffle! I'm blogging about it. I'm so proud of you.

CALpumper said...

Congrats George!!!
Such an awesome song.
After work I will download it.

Keep up your ninja awesomeness!!!!!!!

gina said...

George, That was an amazing song you did in November and you are an amazing human! not that i think you are an alien or anything but still you know what im sayin' When is the second song coming out!

manny hernandez said...

YOU ROCK!!! Just twitted about it and downloaded it.

Minnesota Nice said...

I do like the song, vey much. Comes right from the heart.
We have an outdoor labyrinth here in town, mowed into the grass on the lawn where a bunch of nuns live. I walk it at least a couple of times a month. Next time I get over there, I will think about your song. And you.

ninnifur said...

I love it :) I just listened for the first time, and you gave me chills. :)

Lee Ann Thill said...

Super cool, Super-G! Someday when we meet, I'm going to be a dork (although, I'm kind of always a dork...) and ask for your autograph 'cause you're a rock star now :)

Scott K. Johnson said...

you are amazing my friend. I am truly blessed to have you as a part of my life.

Walking the labyrinth together was something I'll never forget.

I'm so happy to see so many great responses to your artwork G-Money! And the home skillet line made me grin too. :-)

Scott K. Johnson said...

And OH SNAP! I didn't know we had a labyrinth here! I will have to get the details from MN! Sweet!

Drea said...

Great song - THANK YOU for writing and recording......I have added it to my playlist for an upcoming road trip :)
Thank you again

Karen said...

You are a real life super-star and action hero Ninja!!!! I love you and I love the song, which I downloaded the minute I saw Kerri's post yesterday. And now, I'll head over the iTunes and leave a comment. :) Thank you for gifting us with such an amazing song.

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Bernard said...


I've been waiting all week to get this. Words escape me. What an excellent recording. This is really an anthem for us with diabetes. I'm going to share the pointer with others.

As I said on ITunes, I expect the rest of the 'album' to follow shortly. Keep up the good work my friend.

Big Mike said...

Great job with the song. Very succinct. My buddy Tyler wrote a similar one:

hope you enjoy it. keep up the good work.