Tuesday, February 19, 2008

D'Angelo on Speed

Andrew D'Angelo, newly diagnosed with cancer, writes about the steadfast friendship of the great sax and clarinet player, Chris Speed:

... the night after having my head operated on, my friend Chris Speed stayed with me in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for the evening. Sleeping there even. In fact, I'm not even sure how he achieved this because it was suppose to only be family allowed in the ICU. But there he was. Sitting in what I'm sure was THE most uncomfortable chair watching me try to deal with the pain I was having and of course, watching me try at [sic] get some rest. That being said, I don't think there is anyway to explain to you what it was like to be able to open one eye (not sure if both eyes would open at that point) and see him sitting there for me. That, is something you have to experience first hand I think to really understand.

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