I’ve had deadlines – more on them later. For now, something far more important: MOVEMBER has happened, & with it was held The Mo Show of 2014!
I was first awakened to Movember a year after my Dad suffered through prostate cancer – which thankfully was caught early enough & removed. I can’t do his story justice, so please hear it from the man himself in this short, inspirational video: (Ok, so I may be a little biased, but objectively I still think it’s inspirational, & I’ve seen it inspire plenty of people before)
The Mo Show was born in St Andrews in 2012, which I put together with my band of the time Retrophobes. That one was a smash hit, creating the biggest student live music show St Andrews had ever seen – so you can see why I was keen to recreate it now I’m in York.
The Mo Show of 2014, York University, pulled in 9 fantastic acts from the York student body; the melodic and looping Sam Price, the delta-blues strumming Leo Hancill, the fantastic Night In July, the angry-walrus-esq Hypnotic Eye, the gorgeous & crowd-pleasing Ben Jancso, the tight awesomeness of Luxo Jr., and the bootie-shakin’ jazz/funk of Dysfunktion, complemented even further by the beautiful ambience provided by Marco Basaglia and the simply awe-ing magic of David Wu, and tied together by a newly-formed band I’m immensely proud to be a part of, The Pride Of Lake Street.
Overall it was a fantastic night, and I want to extend HUGE thanks to everyone involved, & to the uncountable audience for making it such a great night, and also to everyone who donated to this deeply good cause.
The Mo Show is about fighting cancer; that thing is a serious bastard, but as my Dad and so many others have shown we can beat it. And that’s damn important. During his fight, my Dad found immense strength from the words of Kalidassa who, in the 12th century, wrote this;
Look to this day, for it is life
the very life of life.
In it’s brief course lie the verities and realities of our existence;
the bliss of growth,
the glory of action,
and the splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream,
and tomorrow is only a vision,
but today, well lived,
makes all our yesterdays Dreams of Happiness,
and all our tomorrows Visions of Hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
and at The Mo Show that was how I felt, and what I wished for everyone else there; because The Mo Show is not about being cowed by the struggle of cancer. The Mo Show is celebrating doing something about cancer, and damn did we celebrate well. The Mo Show was a day well lived.
Thanks again to everyone involved: